“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. ~ Deuteronomy 8:18 (NKJV)
Happy New Year, to a new you! Wow! I cannot believe that a week has passed already. It still feels surreal that 2016 flew by so quickly.
Seize the Moments
During my preteen I lived with my grandmother for a few years. There was no electricity. No radio. No calendar. We slept shortly after nightfall and rose at day break. She had a daily routine which amused me. Before she started her chores, the first words from her mouth were always,
“A miggle day. Day dun!” (Translated in english. “It is mid-day. The day has ended.”)
I and Winston, my cousin, always howled with laughter. Wisdom was lost. To the unlearned mind of a child it was funny. My grandmother was a simple semi-literate woman. Her only livelihood was farming. Not on a grand scale. Just a little patch of vegetables to feed the family. To have meet to put with it she assisted the butcher on weekends. In exchange for her labor, he gave her the parts of the cow’s meat that no one would buy. The intestines and butt areas were just a few of the parts. As soon as she reached home she would set about placing table salt (also gotten from the butcher) on the meat. It would then be placed over the wooden fire to be dried. That preserved it for us to eat for a week or more. Life was harsh at times. What I didn’t understand was how she seldom allowed anything to bother her. Her usual response to our laughter was, “Yuh yung, yuh wi learn (“you are young. You will learn”). She was illiterate but well learnt. Life had taught her well. Farming and the rearing of goats was always done in tandem with nature. She learnt its rhythm and routines. The chirping of the birds, the gathering of the dark clouds, the dimming of the sun, the brilliant light of the moon and occasional circle around it, a sudden cool wind and the sun communicated God’s signals of the changing weather. Changes in the wind alerted her to the onset of rain. These signs assured her when it was time to prepare the soil and plant. Survival required that seed is in the ground before it rained. Without a seed there would be no harvest. No harvest meant there was no food (Ecclesiastes 11:1-11).
Now I understand. Her words were a daily reminder of the urgency of time. Every moment must be seized. Failure to acknowledge the laws of growth will cause us to remain frozen. Another year will pass without any change in our situation or circumstances. Action must be taken.
God wants us to prosper.
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. ~ 3 John 2
Prosperity comes when we are about His and our business. To effectively complete our assignment. We must know what He has for us. As this year approached I sought Him to know what He has in store for His people. His words were simple. It was the same word I received for my life in October 2016, on the Jewish Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.
“There is nothing new that I will say to My people. What I gave you is applicable to them. It continues to be a year of restoration. I will restore everything that was stolen for many of my people.”
The Lord begun to tell me about the losses sustained by the saints. The heart of God grieved for His people. He desired that we prosper. During 2016 the devil had distracted many of us. Our failure to remain focused cost us dearly. Many opportunities were lost. Networks that would move us into our destiny were not forged.
This year will be different. It will be a year of conquest for us. Many ministries will experience a revival. God will manifest the answers to years of continuous prayers. Revival will hit our finances, our health, our relationships, our career, our ministries and homes.
Year of Uncommon Favor
The Lord told Apostle Sheila O’Brien, Co-founder and Senior Co-Pastor of the Father’s Heart Christian Center, that this year will be a year of Uncommon Favor.
Strong’s Concordance defines favor as:
‘Grace or Good-will of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.’
In other words, you become the recipient of favor when you receive something that you are not entitled to receive. It may be as simple as a policeman giving only a warning for speeding. When you have uncommon favor you will not only get a warning, you will he will help you to safely arrive at your destination. Hallelujah! Glory to God!
God is about to strengthen the saints with uncommon favor. Doors will be opened. Obstacles from 2016 will be conquered. Failures will become successes. Victory will be gained over bondages, addictions, issues and things that have kept us bound for years. We will see restoration of relationships and all that was lost.