Let God Make Your New Year
Here we are once again on the precipice of a new year! As 2017 draws to a close what do you envision for your 2018? This past year may have been quite wonderful for you. Perhaps it was most challenging.
It is easy to focus on the negative in life. So much negativity floods the news media daily. You are bombarded with continuous updates of frightening happenings around the world. This endless barrage of negative can cast a dark shadow on your life if you are not careful. Despite whatever took place look for the blessings of 2017.
There can be enough personal challenges day to day. How you view each event will greatly affect your life. Your perception of a given situation or personal encounter can color it either positive or negative.
What color palette you choose is truly a choice. Choose this day which you will serve…will it be God’s way or the world view? Choose life (positive) not death (negativity).
Purpose to breathe, think, see and speak life into each situation. Let God’s light, power and anointing color your world. Every cloud has a silver lining. Every situation has a positive aspect.
Seek His light in every darkened corner. Seek His wisdom to walk in His light. Refuse to spend one more moment in the shadow of negativity.
Look forward knowing that God goes before you. He is your rear guard. He will test your faith by fire but He will bring you through unharmed if you keep your focus on Him. Stay hedged in going forward. The miracle is that you will come forth without even the smell of smoke remaining from any fire He has brought you through.
If, with God’s grace, you layer a positive experience over a negative one, the negative one dissipates. It is not buried to take root and produce noxious fruit at some future date. It simply fades away. Or, you can choose to ruminate over it over and over until it looms quite large and takes on a life of its own. It will color everything in your life. It will be as a shroud over your days. Blocking the light of His presence, the glory of His promise, the grace of His faithfulness, all will appear dark. Press through to the light of every circumstance.
A Time of Preparation
As 2017 draws to an end, look toward the Lord. Let Him guide your steps into 2018. Carve out some quiet time this week to hear from Him. Set your own desires aside to really listen to His direction for you. He knows the desires of your heart. Sit willing to listen to the desires of His heart for you.
It can be harder and harder in this world to make time for the Lord. Yet, it is critical to do so to stay on His narrow path of life.
Just remember, He makes 24/7 available to you. Rather than stepping into another year without a clear direction or focus, determine to commit to fast, pray and seek Him for your future. Without Him you can do nothing.
With Him all things are possible! Look for the silver lining. Look for God’s grace in every encounter you have.
He is always with you. He is ever faithful. He goes before you to prepare the way. He is your rear guard.