Do You Have Your Word
And Direction for 2016?
As we close out the first month of this new year of 2016, look over the last four weeks of preparation. Prayer and worship, time in the Word, time alone in relationship with Jesus and a firm belief without doubt are the areas we covered. Each one is important in its own right. Together they create a firm foundation upon which to build your coming year.
The season we are in now is filled with promise and depth and miracles. Although similar to seasons that have come before it is new and unique. It is not like any other previous time. You are here ‘for such a time as this’ to be sure. To walk victoriously you need a word in season for this season.
What is Your Word?
If you do not have a personal Scripture for 2016 yet, spend time with the Lord. Ask Him to guide you to a verse or word that is applicable for you for the year. There is no pressure here. No need to be legalistic. I have been doing this for some time now and I can tell you it is so reassuring to have a personal verse or word carry you through the ups and downs of a year.
Perhaps in your Bible reading a verse or word will really come alive to you and you will know that is the one that applies for you for 2016. Open your heart to receive your word for the year. Post your personal verse or word where you can see it daily and encourage yourself. Just as David encouraged himself in the Lord, you can encourage yourself in the Lord and in His word for you for this year and this season.
A Corporate Word
Job 17:9 reads, “The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.” This is the season to be strong. You must stand daily in the armor of God. Pray daily. Be in the Word of God daily. Spend time with God daily. The key is daily. As life is daily you need Him in your life daily. He is the Bread of Life. He is daily manna.
Never give up. Never stop believing. Never doubt. Seek the Lord. Pursue Him. Remember the pattern in Daniel. Daniel prayed and it took 21 days for the answer to come as there were impediments in the spirit realm. Whether you have been waiting 21 minutes, 21 days, 21 months or 21 years, do not give up. Do not faint. Do not quit. Keep moving forward. Keep your hands and your heart clean. Become stronger and stronger!
Seek Him and His Kingdom above all else. Seek wisdom for these days. Seek discernment. He goes before you and is your rear guard. Open your heart completely and let Him in fully today and every day. It is a new season. It is a challenging season of breakthrough and healing. Major shifts will take place in the natural and in the spirit realm. Situations long stuck will break forth with a fresh anointing ‘for such a time as this!’
Make no mistake; this is a wonderful time to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ. It requires you to keep moving forward, hand to plow and never look back. God is raising up a remnant in this season. It is our time to shine. Things are moving rapidly and to stay with the move of God in this season you must keep your eyes ever forward and keep moving in step with His direction. Do you have your word for 2016? Are you set for 2016? Ready. Set. Let’s go!
It Is Never Too Late!
If you have not yet made the decision to accept Jesus into your heart, do it now. Do not wait another minute. Speak to Him from your heart (for it is always a heart issue). Tell Him you have fallen short in your life. Sincerely apologize for your sins. Ask Him to cleanse you and come into your heart and be Lord over your life. From this moment forward let His Spirit guide you along the narrow road that leads to everlasting life.
Quotes to Ponder This Week
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” ~Jesus, Matthew 6:33
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” ~Jesus, Matthew 7:7
“Take heed that no one deceives you.” ~ Jesus, Matthew 24:4
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says.” ~Mark 11:23
“And Jesus said unto him, “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” ~Luke 9:62
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” ~2Corinthians 5:17
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” ~Hebrews 11:6
“Behold, I make all things new.” ~ Revelation 21:5
“And David was greatly distressed…but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” ~1 Samuel 30:6
“Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.” ~Daniel 10:12-13
Please Join Me in Prayer
Father God, We thank You for sending Your Son Jesus Christ to set us free. Thank You for the newness of this year. As we stand on the threshold let us take hold of Your Commission to each of us ‘for such a time as this. Equip each of us to stand therefore and press ever forward at Your direction. Keep our hands and hearts clean as we grow stronger and stronger in the anointing of Your destiny for each of us in this season.
Let us look forward with anticipation for Your plan for each life this year. Keep us ever present to hear Your voice as You lead and direct our steps. Lead us by Your light to Your perfect will in each of our lives. Great is Your faithfulness, oh God! We thank You that You keep Your hand on America. Forgive our sin and heal our land that we will remain One Nation Under God. We pray this in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen and Amen.
A Prayer Request
Please join us in prayer, covering the issues listed in this link: http://drmicheleburke.org/esthers-warriors-ministry/
May God richly bless the United States of America, bring to light every single crooked place and keep her safe. May we arise united once again as One Nation Under God in this auspicious season in our country’s history. We continue to pray for truth to prevail concerning Benghazi and all issues as we saturate this country in prayer and stand for all that is right in America and for all of us who call ourselves American. These are treacherous times and now more than ever we must maintain our walk. Fail not in this hour. #Pray for America.