It seems just like the other day that I wrote that the year 2012 is almost over… and here we are at the end of 2013. And what an awesome year it has been! We have seen so many people saved this year, and we have heard countless testimonies celebrating the Great Grace and Abounding Favour of our Lord.
When the Lord gave us the word for this year, we received it with joy. One of the very important things to remember when the Lord gives us a promise for the year is that this does not mean that what we are focused on will come to an end because the year has ended.
What I have learnt is that what we focus on and give attention to will manifest. Remember Romans 10:17,
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
It stands to reason that we will have faith only for that which we have heard. So, I believe that when the Lord gives us a word for the year, it is something that He is asking us to focus on, develop our faith in that area by studying His Word and meditating on His promises concerning these things so that we are ready to use it as a foundation and part of building the next phase of our lives.
We saw in Acts 4:33,
And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.
We also learnt in Romans 5:17,
For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
We recognised that grace is available and that it is to be received by faith.
We also see in Psalms 5:12,
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favour You will
surround him as with a shield.
As born again children of God we have been made the righteousness of God. Favour surrounds us as God pours out His great grace. That grace is available to meet every need in our lives. 2 Corinthians 9:8,
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you,
always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
Now more than ever, do not let go of the promises of God. Hold fast to the confession of your hope (Hebrews 10:23) and remember Hebrews 11:1,
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things
The grace of our Lord is everlasting. His favour is for a lifetime (Psalm 30:5). Rejoice that as we get ready to enter into a new year that we are going to see Great Grace and Abounding Favour continue to manifest in awesome ways.
Keep your faith alive for this and get ready as our Lord takes into greater dimensions of His Glory.
When you sow your seed this month, remember that you are part of a global calling to preach the Word of God around the earth. Declare boldly, “Great grace abounds in my life and His favour surrounds me. I continue to see all sufficiency in all things and I have abundance for every good work. I am blessed. All glory to you Lord. Thank you, Father.”
Please remember that Janine and I love you dearly and pray for you every day.
You are blessed!
Jesus is Lord,