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.

Hear and believe

John 14: 28-29 (NIV)

“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. (NIV)

Don’t you love it when God tells us in advance what He is going to do! He shows us clues through dreams, visions as well as through other people, bringing his plans to our spirit. However, He doesn’t always show us HOW He will do things.

While we are in prayer and agreement for something we are building our faith so that when He brings it to pass, when it happens in the natural, we will know and believe that it was Him that said it and Him that’s done it.

John 11:41-42
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

There it is again! God tells them beforehand (through relationship) so they will believe. The people had to hear it for themselves.

Likewise, God has heard your prayer so listen out for His confirmation so that when it happens, you will believe!

Do it again

Mark 8:16-21 (MSG)

Meanwhile, the disciples were finding fault with each other because they had forgotten to bring bread. Jesus overheard and said, “Why are you fussing because you forgot bread? Don’t you see the point of all this? Don’t you get it at all? Remember the five loaves I broke for the five thousand? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up?”
They said, “Twelve.”
“And the seven loaves for the four thousand—how many bags full of leftovers did you get?”
“Seven.”
He said, “Do you still not get it?”

Isn’t it ironic that one minute the disciples are in the midst of amazing breakthrough and experiencing the most extreme of miracles, and then soon after that they find themselves in lack?

Oh, while it’s happening they can believe. They can see the bread being passed around and not ending, never running out. It just keeps going and feeds all those people. Not only that, there are leftovers!

Suddenly they find themselves in the same situation, however this time they just need to feed themselves. They forgot their lunch and somehow they don’t expect God will come through.

Did they forget what Jesus has just done? Twice? Or do they just not believe He will do it again? Clearly they were not thinking with a spiritual mind but a logical, humanistic one.

Jesus can do it again and will do it again! He may not do it exactly the same way, but have faith, start expecting for it again.

The fact that He did it once is a guarantee He can come through again. He wants to bring abundance again, He wants to heal again, He wants to break down bondages again.

So if you find yourself asking for a miracle He has done before: reflect, wait, expect and believe He will do it again!

Not by works

John 6:28-29 (NLT)

They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?”
Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” (NLT)

The disciples just did not get it! They thought that in order to please God they had to do all sorts of rituals, fasts and prayers.

They came from a place of having to follow very strict procedures and laws. But Jesus is saying here, ‘You are already loved by me without ever doing another thing. You are accepted as part of My family through Jesus. It is almost too good to be true so we have trouble receiving it.

This was a turning point in history where Jesus paved the way for the release from a ‘works’ mentality. The law became obsolete.

Whether we attend church every week, pray ten times a day, read the bible constantly or not, although these things are good and necessary, and bring us closer to God, our position with the Father is not changed.

He has accepted us because of the simple fact that we believe in Jesus. That is the only thing God requires of us to be saved.

So you can come before Him with boldness, with your head held high knowing that you are accepted as long as you believe in Jesus.

If you continue to abide in Him you can be confident that He calls you His very own prized possession.

The power of your testimony

John 4:28-30 (NLT)

The woman left her water jar beside the well and ran back to the village, telling everyone, “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” So the people came streaming from the village to see him.

John 4:39-42 (NIV)
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers.

They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.”

This is a woman that has met with Jesus, had an encounter with Christ and knows her Saviour. He had spoken into her life and awakened her spirit. She is so on fire and taken back by His love, generosity and gentleness that she cannot help but testify in her village.

Scripture says that the people believed because of her testimony. It was her testimony that caused them to hunger after what she had just received. This fire then spreads across the town and before long many also hear from Jesus.

Have you met with Him, heard from Him or experienced Him? Then testify about your encounters with Jesus and together we will set towns and villages on fire for Jesus Christ.

As we give Him opportunity in our home towns by sharing our hunger for His teaching and presence, those around us will also declare “THIS MAN REALLY IS THE SAVIOUR OF THE WORLD!”

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