2013 and You ~ Will It Be Different?
By Rodney W. Francis
I take this opportunity to draw your attention to the goals and ambitions you may have for 2013, and beyond? What will your focus be this year? Will it be more clearly defined than last year? Remember, it is God’s will that you live life to the full through Jesus Christ Who lives in you. With Him in your life you can be an overcomer every day. You can achieve what He created you to achieve! “You can do all things through Christ Who strengthens you” (Philippians 4:13 )!
We all need to be encouraged, exhorted, inspired, challenged, even provoked at times to rise up more into that which God has purposed for us. The world situation is such that unless they hear, see and know a demonstration of the Living Jesus Christ, then they will continue to slide into a hopeless and lost eternity. Jesus Christ has saved us to make a positive difference. He has filled us with His Holy Spirit to make us effective witnesses of Him. If the world does not see Jesus in us, then they don’t see Him at all! Be inspired to know who you are as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ in 2013 and beyond! My heart for you is that 2013 (and beyond) will be the greatest and grandest times yet in your walk with God and in your service for Jesus Christ the Lord. To do this you will need to have a right and positive confession ~ based on the Word of God ~ that will cause you to rise above every obstacle, and to enable you to triumph in every situation. I pray that your life will not be hindered by the frustration of wanting to serve God and yet not knowing where you fit. So many Christians are disillusioned and frustrated because they are not being trained, equipped and released into their God-ordained calling. Right now our generation needs every born-again, Holy Spirit-filled Christian believer to be living and occupied in the very centre of God’s will. His heart for us is that we not only know God’s will for our life, but that we prove God’s will for our life by our living and walking in it (Romans 12:1-2 )!
- “The labourers are few!” (see Matthew 9:35-38 ).
- Does this not concern us?
Life is too short for us to be wasting our time, gifts and finances on things other than the purposes of God. I speak out of the burden of my heart. I see so many who are not fulfilled in their calling. Or they are placed in a position where their frustration only grows larger! Unless we, personally, know our calling in God ~ and give ourselves wholeheartedly to that call ~ we will continue to “short-change” ourselves in the work of the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth. If we really want this year to be a whole lot better than our previous years, then we have to sow into this year in such a way that we will reap the benefits of that which we sow. We have to be willing to make whatever changes are necessary to see God using us more. The problem cannot be blamed on other people. I have learned that if I am available to God, then He can move every obstacle in order to get me where He wants me to be. We have to be finished with making excuses, and simply come before God as we are, offer ourselves wholeheartedly to Him, let Him be LORD OF ALL, and make whatever changes are necessary. We will be amazed at what He can do in and through us. I well remember the saying: “If Jesus Christ is not Lord of all, He is not Lord at all.”
- We DO reap what we sow! (see Galatians 6:1-10 ).
- We ARE the products of our believing, or not believing!
The Holy Spirit, Who lives inside of every born-again, Holy Spirit-filled believer, is power for service (Luke 24:49 ; Acts 1:8 ). Service, not simply an added blessing! We cannot experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit ~ which is power for service ~ and then simply sit in church or meetings as passive hearers only. That frustrates the Holy Spirit within us! And if He is frustrated within us, you can guarantee we will be frustrated more! So . . .
- What obstacles are there in the way?
- What decisions need to be made?
- What excuses need to be deleted?
- What is stopping you?
- What changes need to be made?
- What challenges need to be faced up to?
- The call and will of God does not just “fall into our laps” ~ we have to pursue it with all our heart.
The fact is that unless we do something about desiring change, then nothing changes! To change means making some definite decisions that show God you are serious about wanting to change for the better.
Whatever the time, date and year, YOU CAN cultivate YOUR faith in the Promises of God NOW and be the man or woman He says you can be, and what He has called you to be. It is not too late!
- Say what God says about you today ~ it really does do wonders, increases your vision, opens up new dimensions to you, and gives opportunity to be a powerful witness for Jesus Christ.
- Does your faith move mountains ~ or do mountains move your faith?
Be a mountain mover in 2013 and beyond! Be a mountain mover on the authority of God’s Word given to you through Jesus Christ and the revelation of the Holy Spirit! He will not fail you.
Right now the doors of opportunity are open for those who will hear God’s voice, listen to what He says and are prepared to demonstrate to God by our faith actions that we do believe Him. Faith is an action. Faith is demonstrated by what we do with what God says. He is speaking today to His people.
“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 be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, ‘Whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them’(Mark 11:23-24 , NKJV).