New Year, Who Dis?
How is your first week coming along?
As we go into the new year, it is always great to see New Year Resolutions, new businesses, habits, and promises working to come to pass. I often wonder what brings people to a place at the end of December to reflect their year and call it a lost? I see this often on Facebook and I wonder was it really bad as we say it was? We may had bad moments but it should not cause us to throw the whole year away.
So we decide to start afresh with a positive mindset and drive. But by February or March, we get discourage and lose the momentum to keep going forward. Could it be that we never included God in our resolution in the first place?
I usually do not make resolutions but I do make business plans and steps to take every year. I pray over them and modify when the Lord says so. I recently introduced a new component in my business last October that I never had in my original plan. I knew the Lord was moving in this direction. But if I was so headstrong in keeping in the plan I had in the beginning of the year, I would have missed the shift and blessing. What I’m trying to say is remember to leave room for God to shift, add, or change your resolution. If something that you had written down is not working, do not give up. Just stop, pray, listen, tweak, and go. You have to remember that it is ok if that happens.
The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21 says that “Many plans are in a man’s heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.” Man will plan so much and have desires in their hearts to do so much, but the direction, purpose, and will of God will always trump and remain primary. It is better to go to God first and to hear His plan and strategy than to exert so much time and energy in something that God does not have a desire to come to pass.
So as you start your new year, remember to put God first. 2017 mistakes has passed away and the 2018 will bring in the new.
(This week I am stepping away from Praying and Fasting and talk about an experience I had recently)
Have you ever sat in church and ask yourself, what I am doing? I had that moment months back. I began to analyze what we were doing as church. Are we being effective in the world? Are we living up to what God wants for the church to be? Looking at the state of the church as whole, I outright said I hated the Church! I got so frustrated with the Church that I was ready to leave. But how could I hate the church and love God at the same time?
Last week I have been under tremendous warfare. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I was so frustrated the whole entire week. I take online bible classes and my faith and beliefs has been challenged lately. I could not understand how we as church got so far away of where we originally supposed to be. The Lord led me to the book of Acts and I began to read it from the beginning. To see the journey of the apostles and the persecution that they had to endure is not comparable to what we are going through as a church. Are we really stepping out and putting our lives on the line for the name of the Lord? Or are we hiding behind the beautiful edifices that we have created?
The Lord began to show me the original plan of the church. As I began to pray, God began to tell me that our territory will be enlarged through our outreach. It is past time to go outside of the four walls and reach one another. But before we can do outreach, we must do in-reach. We must make sure that we are exercising what we are teaching. And that is the problem. There is not enough sound teaching going on in the church. There is a whole lot of preaching, which preaching is suppose to be for the unsaved, but not enough teaching. So we as believers are receiving salvation messages over and over again and never moving from the place of receiving God to discipleship. In result, we do not know how to conduct ourselves as a representative of Christ. We never move forward to being what God is calling the church to be.
So what is the charge I am faced with? How can we move from the outside to the streets? What is it that we have to do as church to fix what is in the house before we invite people to house? What good would it make If I left the church? If God has shined His light on His word for me to make a change, how many more has He revealed this to and are afraid to step forward. We are stuck going around in circles and are afraid to progress. We may not be able to reach all the churches and show how things are suppose to be but we can start right where we are. I will start where I am and love the church again.
“The moment I said yes to God, I saw the supernatural power of God taking place in my life.”
I was out with some girlfriends and our mentor was asking us about our 2014 and goals for 2015. Feeling embarrassed because I did not make plans for 2014 nor 2015. I never thought about it because at the end of 2013, God told me how my 2014 will be. And it was exactly what He said it would be. So it never dawned on me that I did not make goals.
Previous years I would make goals and resolutions for the upcoming year but then I realize that most of the things on the list never really came to pass. There was a difference in 2013 from the previous years. I remember being in prayer and sincerely giving God a yes. But this time I knew why I was giving God a yes and it was in right timing that I gave God a yes. That time I was done doing things my own way and not getting results. That time I wanted God’s will for my life and wanted grow spiritually. So God clearly told me my 2014 and I did ask questions. What about my job? What about my relationships? and so on and so on. He said two words: It’s Handled!! I made God the overseer of every aspect of my life. It was hard because I wanted to do things a certain way, but I had to remember that I said yes to God. That means hands off my own life.
When I decided to give God a real yes, Not the yes we give because we are in church, plans for my life began to be revealed to me and how to achieve them. It is about submitting your will and way to God. Not surrender, but submitting. Submitting is a choice whereas surrender is forceful. God wants us to willfully and joyfully give our lives to Him. Now my goal is to live for God and since then, God makes my goals and I can achieve them through Christ who strengthens me.