It can be a great source of encouragement, fresh inspiration and motivation to receive a prophetic word from God for the New Year.
But there is something more important to begin our year with; and that is to refocus on hearing from God through His written word in the Bible. As we do, we can recall those things that are available to us simply because we are God’s children—in other words, our inheritance.
I am taking a summer break with my family this week, so I am sharing an article with you that I wrote a couple of years back. Here are some things about the coming year that, whether you have a prophetic word or not, you can have absolute assurance on:
1. It is Time to Release past things that have been Holding you Back
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
You do not have to continue tripping up over past issues, old habits and ingrained thought patterns. Your Heavenly Father’s plan for you is freedom, and He has paid the ultimate price in the shed blood of His Son Jesus.
You already have the word of release, but you have to rise up in faith and take it. Persevere in 2014 for the freedom of yourself and others—and chains that have held you back will be broken.
2. God is Working all things Together for Good
‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’ (Rom 8:28)
‘Good’ does not mean ‘as we like it.’ ‘Good’ means, ‘the outcome that our Heavenly Father, Who knows the end from the beginning, has intended for us.’ And He is completely trustworthy.
The Gospel, the Good News of Jesus is one of redemption—and He loves you immeasurably.
No matter what you have done; no matter what has been done to you, His plan is to restore. He desires to bring ultimate good out of the pain and trouble of the past—to turn your tests into a testimony, and your mess into a message.
And whatever comes your way, know that His goodness is with you every step of your journey.
‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.’ (Ps 23:6)
3. You can Experience great Fruitfulness this Year
‘You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.’ (John 15:16)
God’s plan for your life this coming year is one of fruitfulness.
In our culture today we equate fruitfulness with tangible results, but that is not the way of God’s Kingdom.
- Kingdom fruitfulness is sourced and rooted in the Holy Spirit and grows out of our intimate relationship with God
- Then it overflows into our inner life and attitudes (Gal 5:22-25)
- Finally, it results in obedient action that reproduces His purpose in our lives and that of others.
God’s plan for you is fruitfulness—but it will require your cooperation—it will require you to rise up and say, ‘No matter what! This year, I will rise up and be all God has called me to be.’
4. God Wants you to draw Closer to Him
‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.’ (Jesus – Rev 3:20)
There is no end to the depth of intimacy that is available in our relationship with God. There is no end to the revelation of who He is and His ways that we can learn about and discover.
This coming year, you can draw closer to God than you have ever done before. If you have drifted from your first love in your relationship with Him, you can choose to return. What does taking that step look like for you? Today you can begin the journey.
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