23 Jan Done Deal
A New Season
It is January, still early in the year and, there is still lot of positivity, hope and pomp in our hearts and in the air like at the beginning of each New Year. I believe a positive stance in life is an invaluable asset to every mind that desires success, for you cannot become what you do not believe and expect.
I also know that some of us are somewhat nervous about the year, wondering about so many things; will I make it, will I succeed, will I survive… How will I make it, how will I succeed, how will I survive?
What kind of troubles will I have to face? Will I be able to handle them, will I overcome them, will I survive them?
I know that with all the declarations and prophecies over our lives this year will come trials, tribulations and challenges. No, I am not a doom prophet; I only want to remind us that this year like past years will have its share of challenges.
The challenges may come in different forms and degrees but no matter how much we wish them away, we will have mountains to climb, level, go through, go round or bring down.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 NIV
Troubles are part of this side of life and will be part of this year too. As long as we are here, we will have troubles to deal with.
Not End Of Story
Like many of you know, that is not the end of the story.
Now this is what the Lord says. He created you, people of Jacob; he formed you, people of Israel. He says, “Don’t be afraid, because I have saved you. I have called you by name, and you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you cross rivers, you will not drown. When you walk through fire, you will not be burned, nor will the flames hurt you. Isaiah 43:1-2 NCV
From what we have read, God will not leave us to go it alone. He will not allow the challenges of this year to swallow us up, because He will be with us to help us, we will be on the victory side. This means that…
- For every sickness that the enemy will try to put in you, God will arise as health
- For every temptation that will come your way, there will be an open door of escape
- For every test you will have to face, The Holy Spirit will be there to help you pass
- For every tear the enemy will dare make you cry, God will dry your eyes and restore your joy
- For every scarcity he will want to introduce, you will have surplus
- For every confusion he has prepared, God has provided direction
- For every deceit he plans to sell to you, God will be your revelation…
God did not bring you into the New Year to leave you. He has brought you to take you through; He will not leave you just like you came in but will make you much better.
You must be ready, no matter how much God wants to walk you through, if you do not get up and follow, He will not drag you. You must sharpen your spiritual senses to recognize when God is signaling you to move and when He wants you stay still, to know the when, the where, the how and the what for your success and victory.
- You must seek to know Him better as you study the Bible. Until you know Him via his Word, you may not be able to recognize Him when you see Him, or know His voice or words when he speaks to you.
- You must spend time with him in prayer and fellowship. That is one sure way to get to know Him intimately so as never to miss Him.
- You must practice His word as you take practical steps to obey as much of His commands you know, for your blessing is tied so strongly to your obedience.
These are 3 major ways you tone up your spiritual muscles, adjust and fine tune your spiritual eyes and ears to enable you follow His lead and stay with Him as He walks you through the challenges this year will present.
Kill The Fear
Do not fear for God is with you. He has promised never to leave or forsake you. And He has promised to help you through the year, and make you all that He has promised and destined you to be; The head and not the tail, a success and not a failure, a victor and not a victim, the first and not the last, more than a conqueror, a city set on a hill, a light to reign over darkness, a King and a priest, a special treasure, a sought for in your generation… and many more.
Your success this year is a done deal as far as God is concerned; you only have to keep up your end, by killing fear and trusting Him all the way!
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
Are you having fears and doubts in your heart about how this year will be? Do you have confidence in God’s promised presence and help?
Copyright© Ugochi Oritsejolomisan 2014
Photo Credit: Herald
Melissa @ Conpletely EclipsedPosted at 01:32h, 28 January
I found you from sits and while I’m not an overly religious person I really enjoyed reading this post and the overall message.
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 16:49h, 28 January
Thanks for coming by! I am glad you enjoyed it, do have a super blessed day!
ClairePosted at 23:28h, 25 January
Lovely post Ugochi, thanks so much for sharing 🙂 hope you having a lovely weekend …
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 10:10h, 27 January
Thanks for coming by claire, have a super blessed week!
Christina MorleyPosted at 13:55h, 24 January
Hi Ugochi! I’m so glad that you shared this. I sometimes get tired of hearing, actually, I am tired of hearing all the good prophecies that people make, especially on the TV. Every year I hear, “God says that this is going to be the year of blessing” or “This will be the best year yet!” You start to wonder if their message is relevant. I do want everyone to be blessed, and I want God’s blessings too. In fact, I often end off my messages to others with “Blessings, Tina.” It’s just that I want people to be honest and your post is honest and relevant! P.S. We’ve been reading through the book of Jeremiah again, Hubby and I, and Jeremiah had the difficult task of telling people that they weren’t blessed, because of their evil hearts.
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 17:10h, 24 January
It is no wonder the people didn’t really like The Prophet Jeremiah! We cannot expect so much from God if we will not follow His principles. His every blessing has an attached condition to enable it work. Thanks for coming by Christina, do have a super blessed weekend!
Uje AlfredPosted at 07:42h, 24 January
All I can say is AMEN to this..I believe in God, and I know His presence is always with me each step of the way, no need to fear the unknown and unforeseen, because as usual, His righteous right hand is always there to carry me through
Thank you Sis
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 17:06h, 24 January
Amen! Praise God for His ever abiding presence! Thanks for coming by and leaving a note. Do have a super blessed weekend!
RoseyPosted at 13:29h, 24 January
Those three tools are such good one to remind us we need to be doing with consistency. I have found myself drifting in the middle of prayer lately. Totally forgetting what I was praying about as my mind wandered elsewhere. How embarrassing! And what a wake-up call to start sharpening those tools!!
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 17:08h, 24 January
It happens to us all sometimes, we only have to get up and do something by God’s power and spend time with God like we should. Thanks a lot for coming by Rosey, do have a super blessed weekend!
RoseyPosted at 12:56h, 27 January
I lost my attention in the middle of praying not to lose my attention, lolol!! I decided to change strategies and just start the day off with some quiet time, specifically with the intent of talking to God. Maybe that’s what he was telling me to do all along. 🙂 Have a great week!
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 16:57h, 28 January
Susie of homemakersjourneyPosted at 02:33h, 24 January
Such wisdom and encouragement this is!
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 17:02h, 24 January
Praise God Susie! Thanks for coming by and have a super blessed weekend!
Jay @craftyspicesPosted at 04:01h, 24 January
With faith we can survive anything that comes in our way.
Trusting and believing in ourself also takes us many places, not giving up but being willing to stand up again if you fall dow is all part of the process.
Sometimes it may be hard, it may be difficult but Jesus is right their with us and we need to know that and be willing to go the extra mile.
God bless you.
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 17:05h, 24 January
“Sometimes it may be hard, it may be difficult but Jesus is right their with us and we need to know that and be willing to go the extra mile.” This hit home Jay, thanks for coming by and sharing, do have a super blessed weekend!
francesPosted at 23:44h, 23 January
Ah, I have confidence in God, he will surely be with us all thru 2014 and beyond..
And for when I falter a little in trust in Him, His grace is sufficient and the Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance that God is for me..
Thanks aunty Joloms for this timely write up, God bless you
Ugochi JolomiPosted at 17:00h, 24 January
Praise God Frances! His grace is sufficient and praise Him for The Holy Spirit!
Have a super blessed weekend!