‘Be prepared! Be prepared, you and all the soldiers assembled around you. [GWT] Ezekiel 38:7a
As 2014 approaches, what wise and prudent measures are you putting in place? What is it you’re hoping to achieve in 2014 that you didn’t in 2013? Are you prepared for what lies in wait in 2014? With God on your side, 2014 will be a successful year for us all. Counting down to the New Year!
His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen! [NLT] Isaiah 9:7
I absolutely love this time of the year, so grateful to God for this season, a time when we take the time out to celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ, whose birth was foretold and whose Kingdom has no limits, and will never end. We thank God for our Lord Jesus Christ and we are forever indebted to Him for the gift of Salvation. I am so grateful for the spread of His gospel, and thankful that I got to hear of this wonderful King who came, so that through His life and death I could be reconciled back to my Father in heaven.
by the power of miraculous signs and wonders, and by the power of God’s Spirit. [HCSB] Romans 15:19a
This is certain; God will accomplish His good works in you and through you. He has the power to. There may be areas in your life that needs a change, certain situations / occurrences that you’re fed up and literally have had enough of. The Lord still has the power to change situations and circumstance from bad to good to even better. He has the power to bring back to life non-existent relationships, marriages, careers, finances back to health. And it’s not a difficult thing for Him to do. Just because things may not be the way you want them doesn’t give you the excuse to give up. Your joy is worth fighting for, and through the Spirit of God, He has already made your life a miraculous sign and wonder to your generation. Just because you don’t believe He has doesn’t negate the fact that He already has. Ask Him to give you the lens of faith to see your life the way He sees you. You can only fight the good fight of faith with a good lens of faith, which only Jesus can give.
Fight the good fight of the faith. [NIV] 1 Timothy 6:12a
Life in general is a state of warfare wherein you are a soldier. But most of the battles you will ever fight with respect to your life are all in the mind. In your mind! Are there some unfulfilled goals, status change, or even challenges your mind is still grappling with, that is causing you to lose hope, and sight of the goal? Have faith in the teachings of God, and believe all HE has said concerning you. Yes the year may be coming to an end, and it appears that there may have been some unfulfilled dreams, don’t let that bother you. The Important thing is that they are coming, and will come, and as long as you are still in the land of the living, there is still hope. So make sure you do all you can to keep that fire of faith and hope burning brightly in your mind. For as long as you hope in Christ Jesus, He will do all He can to make you what He says concerning you. He is indeed your hope of glory. So don’t give up on the battle just yet, for with Jesus, the war has already been won!
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. [NIV] Ecclesiastes 11:5
There’s no point in trying to understand what might be happening around you, or rather why certain things happen/are happening to you, such as the momentary setback, the great deal of work/goals that still need to be attained. But rather focus on the fact that God the maker of all things, whose ways can never be understood, has told you He has great thoughts/plans for you, that means you do have a good and glorious future and everything will work out GREAT. Whatever you may be going through is only a glitch in God’s plan for you, but it won’t stop you from getting to your glorious destiny. You were created for a good purpose and that’s all that matters!
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! [NLT] Psalm 139:17
It’s impossible to try figuring/numbering the precious, awesome, wonderful, great thoughts God has concerning you. If you were to sit from now till eternity, spending every waking moment trying to understand them, you will wear yourself out, because His thoughts concerning you cannot be fathomed. That’s how important you are to the Lord Jesus. To say you are constantly on His mind is an understatement. Have you been in love before (not the sick feeling 😀 the other one 😀 )that feeling multiply it to infinity, and you’re just barely scratching the surface. You are so precious to God, that He spends all of His time thinking about you. He says He does, and you know He’s not a man that he should lie about it. So any time you feel rejected, dejected, neglected, abandoned, or unloved, remember that the creator of the entire universe loves you to bits. You were born to live a purposeful life filled with His love! Remember that.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. [ESV] Psalm 139:16
During the embryogenesis of you, as your cells divided and replicated to form a ball that later became an embryo that became a foetus that became you, God was there watching, writing out how every day of your life would be even before you were born / lived them. Yes life happened and at worst became so chaotic, that it made you wonder, if indeed God had pre-planned a life of wonderfully fulfilled purposes for you, what happened? The fact that you know now, that the chaotic mess you’ve found yourself in wasn’t in the original plan of the good life that was pre-planned for you by God; you can turn the turmoil to your advantage. Since you know you were not created and purposed to live a life of pain, shame, ruin and disgrace, but a successful life, then don’t let anyone keep beating you down with barrages of negativity. You are not a nonentity, nor are you worthless or useless. Now go and get your life back! You were created for greatness, not mediocrity or ordinariness. Ask the Lord Jesus to help you retrace your steps back to the path He predestined before you were formed to live and He will. Live it well to His glory!