2019: God’s year to act!

Luke 4:16-19 (MSG)

“He came to Nazareth where he had been reared. As he always did on the Sabbath, he went to the meeting place. When he stood up to read, he was handed the scroll of the prophet Isaiah. Unrolling the scroll, he found the place where it was written,
God’s Spirit is on me;
he’s chosen me to preach the Message of good news to the poor,
Sent me to announce pardon to prisoners and
recovery of sight to the blind,
To set the burdened and battered free,
to announce, “This is God’s year to act!”

Jesus was prophesying from the scroll what He was going to accomplish. He was going to reveal himself to the humble, heal the afflicted, bind up broken hearts, set captives free and renew vision and purpose for those covered in darkness.

Not only was He declaring promises that He would fulfil in us, but that God would use us to help Him accomplish these things for others also.

There are some promises for this year that we have no control over. The great thing is that we don’t have to feel pressure or be overwhelmed by Jesus’ declaration, because He is the One who will do these things for us and we will witness the victory. It is His year to act and as we believe, we will watch the marvellous plan of God unfold.

As you enter into this year faith filled, remember that Jesus is going to move divinely, bringing glorious miracles, healings and breakthroughs. He is true to His promises for you.

You may have been waiting a long time for your miracle to become a reality, but this is your year. As Jesus confidently declared, “This is God’s year to act!”

Psalm 37:7a
Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.

Too good to be true

Luke 24:36-41 (MSG)

“While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. He continued with them, “Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It was too much; it seemed too good to be true.”

The disciples doubted Jesus had been raised from the dead even though they were seeing Him with their own eyes. It all seemed so surreal and ghostly to them.

The fact of the matter was, He was dead and now He was alive! How could this be? It was beyond amazement, too good to be true.

God wants to do a ‘too good to be true’ miracle in your life. It will blow your mind and go beyond natural ability or comprehension. It is His way of revealing Himself.

What has He shown you that may appear too good to be true? That thing that would make you fall to your knees in amazement when it happens? Maybe it’s a drug addicted teenager coming back to Him, your relative in the last stages of cancer getting healed or perhaps having a baby after being declared barren?

Whatever your ‘too good to be true’ miracle is, you need to start believing that not only is it good but it’s also true!

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”
Eph 3:20 (AMP)

Just believe

Mark 5:35-36 (NIV)

“While Jesus was still speaking, some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. “Your daughter is dead,” they said. “Why bother the teacher anymore?” Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

If there ever was a situation to not believe it would have been then. Hearing that your daughter had just died and picturing her limp, frail body would have brought about feelings of shock and angst.

There was absolutely nothing Jairus could do to save his daughter now. He was not even with her when she was pronounced dead and he had done all he could on his own.

The people around Jairus told him to give up. “It’s too late, don’t bother anymore”. What had seemed a remote possibility had given way to total impossibility and they looked at death causing their faith to expire.

The amazing thing was that Jairus had come in contact with the Resurrection and the Life Himself so immediately what seemed impossible was still possible with Jesus.

Jesus quickly spoke life into him, rebuking and ignoring the negative words and instructions, cutting off any unbelief and filling him with faith. He just had to believe.

Jesus had set out for Jairus’ house and although He seemed to take His time, He was not late a single moment.

Jesus will not start a job without finishing it. No, He is faithful and true to His word. So if He has begun a good work in you, He will complete it.

If He has started healing you, He will finish it. He is on His way to answer your prayer too. No matter how ‘dead’ things seem and no matter what the crowds are telling you, hang in there and you will see it come back to life. Just believe.

Listen for His voice

Job 33:14-16 (NLT)

‘For God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it. He speaks in dreams, in visions of the night, when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in their beds. He whispers in their ears and terrifies them with warnings.’

If we listen to God’s voice and are silent enough we will hear His Word for us. He is speaking all the time in many ways. All we have to do is quieten our spirit and stop being distracted.

As you stop allowing busyness to compete with God for your time and attention and you begin to open your ears to Him throughout the day, you will find Him speaking into different areas of your life; through people, dreams, books and circumstances and deep within your spirit.

So if you’re wondering whether He speaks to you, He does. You just might need to ask Him to make things clearer and remove all clutter.

He wants to reveal Himself in a deeper way than you have known before. So don’t limit Him. Don’t put Him into a box. Just be still and listen to those quiet mutterings of the soul. Allow Him to whisper into your ear.

Let the promise come to you

Ruth 2:2-3 NLT

‘One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it”. Naomi replied, “All right my daughter, go ahead”. So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.’

As we commit ourselves to serving the Lord, His glorious plans for us unfold before our very eyes? Ruth made a decision that no matter what, she was going to work hard for the Lord and her mother-in-law.

She had a revelation of what God had called her to do and she didn’t look back. As she got her priorities right, her promise just fell into her lap. Boaz was right in front of her.

In fact, Ruth’s SERVING WORK and her PROMISE crossed paths and collided.

Are you withholding God’s plan for your life as you wait for an answer to a promise? It is the very act of doing God’s will that will lead you into the promise.

‘Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously and he will give you everything you need.’ Matt 6:33.
It’s time we start putting God’s will above our own and watch Him bring our promise out of nowhere when we least expect it.

A heart of gratitude

Luke 17:14-18 (NLT)

He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy.
One of them when he saw that he was healed came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him for what He had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?

There is something very refreshing about someone who is continually full of thankfulness. I bet you know someone like that? Someone who is consistently grateful and appreciative. They are contagious to be around.

This one man responds to his miracle in a way that touches the very heart of Jesus!

It wasn’t mustered up or ‘put on’, but overflowed from deep within his heart. A heart that knew some hardship, a heart that had been through some stuff. When you’ve experienced the valley, the mountaintop is ever so sweet.

How will you react as Jesus touches you in this way? Will you take for granted His miracle, treating it as common?
Or will you treasure His love towards you, falling at his feet in thankfulness, overflowing with joy and gratitude?

Be the one to return to Him over and over again.

When it’s too deep to walk, swim!

Ezekiel 47:3-5 (NLT)

‘Measuring as he went, he took me along the stream for 1,750 feet and then led me across. The water was up to my ankles. He measured off another 1,750 feet and led me across again. This time the water was up to my knees. After another 1,750 feet, it was up to my waist. Then he measured another 1,750 feet, and the river was too deep to walk across. It was deep enough to swim in, but too deep to walk through.’

Are you being led deeper and deeper out of your comfort zone? Maybe you feel like you are up to your ankles, knees or even your waist in life’s challenges and new opportunities?

The good news is that once you get to this place there remains only one option. To step into the deep unknown waters and trust the Lord!

If you feel like you have come to a standstill, lunge into whatever God is showing you and start swimming. He will not allow you to drown, and the Holy Spirit will guide you as you trust and obey.

In verse 8 of this same chapter we discover that this healing river even makes the waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure! We need to bring these living waters to the dead and dark areas surrounding our lives and allow Jesus to cleanse and purify us.

As we do so shoots will spring forth from every area producing a harvest of health and provision. Get ready for an abundance of fish, fruits and healing leaves to grow along your riverbank.

Draw near

Jeremiah 29:12-14 (MSG)

“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.”When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”—God’s Decree—”bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it.

God’s message is clear. When we come to Him He will come to us and He will listen. He’s waiting for us to make the first move.

The question is are you serious about finding Him? Do you really want Him more than anything else? His presence? His guidance? His forgiveness? and His peace?

It’s all available for those who will build a relationship with Him. Relationship requires time with God. This is simply speaking with Him in every circumstance, bringing your needs, dreams and hopes before Him.

Time spent brings about intimacy. As you do this the promise is clear. It’s inevitable. He will turn things around for you. Do you want things turned around? Draw close to Him and you won’t be disappointed. His word says, “You can count on it!”

God’s angel is coming to set you free!

ACTS 5:17-20 (MSG)

Provoked mightily by all this, the Chief Priest and those on his side, mainly the sect of Sadducees, went into action, arrested the apostles and put them in the town jail.
But during the night an angel of God opened the jailhouse door and led them out. He said, “Go to the Temple and take your stand. Tell the people everything there is to say about this Life.”
Promptly obedient, they entered the Temple at daybreak and went on with their teaching.

Are you experiencing a prison in your life right now? Are you locked up and blocked from doing the things God has called you to do?

The apostles were being blocked from teaching the name of Jesus and even today the enemy still wants us bound and tries to stop us.

Whether you are experiencing a physical blockage to progressing forward and gaining influence, or a mindset problem such as fear or intimidation, God is about to set you free. On the other side of the prison gates awaits your freedom.

The angel of God came during the night when they least expected it and they just walked right on out of there! How cool!

Get ready because an angel is on the way to release you from your prison, to unlock the door and allow you to continue your passionate proclamation of Jesus for the Kingdom of God.

When you least expect it God will open the doors and you will just keep walking right past all the opposition, and continue on your passionate journey with Him.

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