2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory
2015 has been called the year of Unlimited Possibilities for one reason only – so that you and I can have and experience exactly that!
That means this – every plan of the devil that seems to be prevailing in your life, is changing. Just as God provided another seed for Eve after the devastation of Abel’s death; so He has outmaneuvered the devil in your life too.
Recognize this today, and release your faith for it: “There are more possibilities in my life than it looks like, from where I am standing right now. I am not stranded or trapped; God has saved the best for last.”
If you are going to maximize the goodness of God this year, you are going to have to start with the impossible. Don’t start with what you can afford by yourself – there’s nothing supernatural in that. If you were fired, don’t think just about getting another job – think about promotion! Go beyond what you would naturally expect. In other words, defy your natural circumstances and keep your expectation fixed on the will of God for you: abundance, victory, miracles and blessing.
That means that you will refuse to take instruction from your circumstances.
Notice that your circumstances will be talking to you every day – and they will be saying something contrary to your dreams and desires. You have to have the discipline to keep your faith set on what you want, and entrust your dreams to God.
I have learnt two vital things as I have walked my journey with God, and these things will be an anchor for you this year as you handle circumstances that scream something different from what you believe should be happening for you.
The first is this: God will never mismanage your life. He can be absolutely trusted with the things you have asked of Him in the quietness of your heart. It doesn’t matter who is threatening your advance, no one has the ability to meddle with what God is doing in your life.
The second is this: He has the unerring ability and power to work everything together for your good if you will praise Him through it. Even when everyone else is waiting for you to die, like they waited for Paul to die when the snake fastened itself to his hand, God will turn everything for your advantage and use every set back as a set up to take you higher.
Just as Joseph was thrown into jail, even after he had worked his way up in Potiphar’s house, and hadn’t done anything wrong, the jail was just a set up for the throne.
When things turn in a direction that stuns and dismays you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have done anything wrong. It’s just that this is your path to where you have dreamed about.
You are believing for promotion, but it seems like all of a sudden, what you thought was your way up, starts to shut down. God is simply removing the things that you thought were your security, but which were actually hindering your advance. That is the time to hold steady and trust God. Even though it feels shaky and insecure because your manna has dried up, the truth is that you are about to step into your Promised Land. Don’t camp in the place of transition – let God take you into that land!
You are expecting to be anointed, influential and prominent, but in the privacy of your own life, it seems like the devil is trying to devour you and it takes all your strength to fight those battles. Don’t panic; you are just like David, who fought the lion and the bear on the hillside, and then had to meet Goliath in one to one combat and slay him too. Your current fights are a set up in preparation for your ruler ship. Without those struggles against the wild animals and the giant, Goliath, David would have remained a shepherd boy whose father didn’t even believe in him.
We aren’t going to get depressed about our current situation; this storm won’t last a life time. Instead, according to 2 Corinthians 4:17, it will work for us a far more exceeding weight of glory, if we will keep our eyes on the goal.
In fact, in the economy of God, life always comes out of death. If you are experiencing a death of something, or a weakness or pain in your natural man, which is telling you that you lack the strength to finish your course, it is so that the resurrection life of God can be revealed in you. Get comfortable with God using your life to get glory, because even though he uses you for his purposes, he also pays very well.
You will not die before your time, and you will not run out of strength before you finish your assignment. Get ready for God to take you into bigger territories and onto higher levels.
Be like Moses and be willing to forsake the things of the past, in order to grasp hold of the things that are in your future. Don’t allow yourself to grind to a halt because of a challenge or a storm. Others can hate and dismiss and reject you, but God is preparing a table for you!
Tell Him right now, “Father, I am letting the pain and the fear and the trepidation go, as I rest them at your feet. I transfer my trust to you. My life is in your hands, and I declare that my faith is set. Position me so that I can go to the palace – the full place of my destiny. I receive sufficient grace to go through and to have a new lease of life. The last word in my life is victory!”