What a great New Years day! It started out awesome from the beginning. I opened my eyes and immediately felt a peace and joy. I started my day with a smile, confident that tomorrow, like today, held wonderful blessings and an endless supply of joy. God has gone to great lengths over the past few weeks to assure me that He is guiding and directing our steps in this New Year. The Holy Spirit has began to stir and open my eyes to His plans for our future and the ministry that is in front of us. Very exciting! I think I have been walking just a little above the ground as we have passed from 2011 into 2012.
In Sundays New Year Service, the full impact of what God is doing for my family began to sink in. I suddenly realized that God had not only began to reveal His plan for the next step in our ministry, but that He did so BEFORE we faced the New Year! What a Blessing! It wasn’t as easy for me in 2011. Although I was Blessed and did not have any great problems to speak of, there was much uncertainty concerning the direction of our Ministry. We had just previously left the church where we had been the pastors for five years and simply did not have a clear vision of what we would do next. I think that when a pastor finds himself without a congregation, it is more than simply being unemployed, it becomes a spiritual wasteland. It’s like coming to the end of a road you have long journeyed, and finding you must choose from countless roads the path that is right for you.
As a pastor you have a good understanding of the seriousness of the choices we make. We have watched many others make those choices and seen the impact of making right and wrong choices. I can tell you that I have spent many nights agonizing before the Lord, seeking to hear the Spirit give instructions. I prayed with my pastor, whom I have trusted for most of my life, and his advice to me was simple, yet straight from the Holy Spirit. He simply said, “Ricky, be patient son. Be patient.” I had no idea who hard that would be! But I really had no choice other than to patiently wait on the Lord for instruction, and thankfully, God was faithful to remember me.
I don’t know what you face coming into 2012, but I can promise you that God cares as much for you as He does for me, and He wants 2012 to be a year of VICTORY for you! I believe that those who put their trust in Him will live a victorious life in 2012! This will be a year of Sharp Focus for Gods people. Are you tired of your Promises and your destiny being cloaked in a cloud of secrecy; barely visible and often not visible at all? This year, as you seek the Lord, that cloud will lift! Not just enough for you to get a bit of a glimpse, but see enough to energize you and spring you forward with a new confidence.
The worlds problems are still hanging around; financial, political, cultural, and environmental issues are as gravely serious as ever in history, yet I have Hope! Banks will continue to collapse, Governments will fall or drastically change, cultural differences will lead to new battles, Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Floods, Hurricanes, whatever; Our God is STILL in control! I have Peace, even as the world seeks relentlessly for peace to no avail, because I know the Giver of Peace! I have Confidence, even as the world destabilizes by the hour as every once- firm foundation that modern man has known loses it’s security and crumbles. Why do I have this peace, this joy, this hope and security? Because I have a relationship with the one who spoke the universe into existence, and continues to command it with authority today! I enjoy peace because the Prince of Peace was waiting to speak with me when I opened my eyes this morning.
Join me in dedicating this New Year to the only one who can Bless it, even in troubled times, our Savior Jesus Christ! Thank You Lord for your tremendous Blessings in my life!
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10 NLT)