Thursday, December 27, 2012

new possibilities ahead


For sometime I have been thinking about the possibilities of 2013.  With all that has gone on in 2012, it is evident that God is working in us and through us to do much in the upcoming year.  I believe that with all my heart.

Heading in that direction I would like to share a couple thoughts that God won’t let leave my mind and my heart.  Yet I also want to give you the premise or the foundation that I speak from.  I believe that God is in charge of all possibilities and that He still does miracles.  Further, God cares far more about people than he does things.  Last, God is more interested in our heart than in our ability.

With that said here are two things that God has in front of me for 2013:

We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

As I have preparing for our church family to go through the Daniel fast in January I have been reading and working through a 40 day prayer challenge from Mark Batterson based on his book The Circle Maker.  In one of the readings Mark talked about this verse and how often we are encouraged to use it to deal with negative stuff that comes in our lives, but we ought to use it also for the positive.

God wants to widen our possibilities.  He wants to increase our effectiveness.  He wants to flow through us with faith that moves mountains and allow His love to flow live a flooded river out of control.  The only way for that to happen is to take captive the positive and the faith thoughts that come our direction. 

Do we believe God still does miracles?  Do we believe that God has greater days ahead for us?  If we believe those things, we ought to be acting on them.  Write down what God puts in your heart.  Write down the promises that God gives you.  Don’t those things slip out of your mind and heart.

When we take those things captive, we give God the ability to work through them in our lives because we are watching, we are thinking about them and praying over them.  I have done this for several issues in my life and for many, many needs.  God shows up.  He works in ways that no one else can.  All that happens because God is able and I am ready for Him to do what God alone can do.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

I get tangled up from time to time.  Do you?  It might be because of a habit or sin in my life or from something that I have allowed to occur.  Life is not meant to be a situation of coincidence happens.  Life is meant to be a path of glory to God and abundance in our lives.

What gets in the way of God working?  What gets in the way of the abundance in our lives?  There are many answers.  But a few of the answers make me shake my head.

It is easy to take our eyes off of Jesus.  Therefore we have to chose to keep our eyes on Him.

It is easy to allow things to trip us up.  Things such as sin or possessions or relationships or any number of things keep us from following Jesus.

It could be a lack of faith.  Being saved is not just fire insurance to keep you out of help.  Faith is assurance that God can and will move in my life now.

I believe that 2013 is going to be a great year, but for that to be true in my life or in your life, there are some things that need to take place now.  If we chose to take the great thoughts captive, we might just see our greatest days and the greatest miracles.  If we don’t let ourselves get tripped up or have our focus taken off the Father, we may see things and experience things we have never seen or experienced before.

2013 will be a great year.  I am preparing for it because there are new possibilities, God possibilities ahead!

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