We give all glory to grace in the year ending and in times past.
2017 has been a year of great shakings for the world, nations, societies, and the church and even in our individual lives. I recall that a few years ago these shakings were predicted but we never imagined the magnitude will be so much and it is still ongoing.
We have seen major upsets in politics, nations, business and new powers emerging. In our lives we have seen the grace and mercy of God despite any expectations we may still have.
What should be our strategy or outlook in the coming year?
Clearly we are at the tipping point of a great move of God. Needless to say these are end times so:
God expects you to live ready. He expects you to live prepared. You aren’t meant to keep living your life just getting prepared. Martin Luther King Jr. was often quoted as saying, “it is better to live prepared than to get prepared, because most times when we are about getting prepared, it is too late”
Living prepared is recognizing and making use of your seed or stepping-stone opportunities very well. You see, it’s only by living prepared that you can recognize and take advantage of the harvest-opportunities.
a) LIVE PREPARED FOR RAPTURE
I Thessalonians 5:2-4, “2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief”.
These indeed are the end times, recently Jerusalem was recognized by the United States as the capital of Israel and the Embassy is to be moved there. If you follow the predictions concerning the rapture, once the temple is rebuilt the rapture can happen at any time.
To live prepared for rapture:
–Live Holy; daily check your life
–Forgive and practice advanced and continuous forgiveness
Lay up treasures for yourself in Heaven. Mathew 6:19-20, 19 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal”.
give to the poor, the needy.
Win souls aggressively: Proverb 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise”
Join Evangelism groups and engaging in personal evangelism.
b) LIVE PREPARED TO SERVE
Hebrews 12:28 “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear”
Be ready to be sent by God and be willing to obey.
God will send you out of your comfort zone.
This is not the time for procrastination may you not miss your divine assignment in Jesus name.
Be ready to serve God with your time, talents, money and life. Nothing should be too big to give up for a BIG GOD that you serve. It should be here I am send me Lord.
c) LIVE PREPARED TO LEAD
Where you see a gap in your situation, provide leadership. Do not fold your hands and expect someone else to do it. Provide the right leadership in a confused, negative or uncertain situation. Notice that leadership here does not mean LIMELIGHT OR FAME.
Where you see injustice you provide leadership to the right direction.
Caleb and Joshua provided leadership to disgruntled and confused Israelites who saw the Canaanites as giants and themselves as grasshoppers in Numbers 14:6, “But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes”
d) LIVE PREPARED TO HARVEST
2 Cor 9:8, “ And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work”
You must be prepared to reap the benefits of your past labors in every area of your life.
If you have been faithful and diligent there comes a time when rewards begin to come. Do not be weary or faint. Step out and harness.
There are various stages in life and there is a stage of reward. There is a time you enter into your full-blown harvest.
Be prepared spiritually, materially, physically and financially.
Harvest in your business, marriage, work, and career
e) LIVE PREPARED TO ADVANCE OR STEP OUT TO A HIGHER LEVEL
Jer 29: 11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope”
Some of you perceive it already that promotion has come. The spirit of God is ministering great things to your heart concerning your life, business, work, career and ministry. Do not leave these things at the THOUGHT REALM, produce them, birth them, seek knowledge, and counsel to activate them.
Promotion may not just drop on your needs but will come as you advance based on the leading of the Holy Spirit. So in essence I am saying
START THAT VISION you and your family with favor like a shield.
STEP INTO HARVEST Hosea 6:11, “Also, O Judah, a harvest is appointed for you, when I return the captives of My people”
STEP INTO REWARD Ruth 2:12, “The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge”
STEP INTO NEW THINGS Isaiah 43:18-19, “ Do not remember the former things,nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert”