I try to journal daily, and I like looking back on the year. I love to see how God answered prayers and intervened. It also gives me confidence, when I notice that I hear him correctly. It helps me see the times I was acting out of emotions instead of my anointing. It encourages me to stay focused on God’s ability to keep the things I have committed to him.
According to my notes, overall the year 2017 wasn’t much fun! Yet, as I look closer somethings were not as bad as they appeared.
Hmmm…reminds me of what is written on the mirror of my car, “Objects may be closer than they appear.”
That just means you can’t depend on first glance situations. Sometimes you got to wait, and take time before you respond. Think twice.
At first glance, it appears in 2017 that hell targeted my family.
However, biblically, 2017 was prophesied and confirmed as a time to overcome the enemy, and obtain the victory.
Overcoming the enemy and getting the victory means there will be skirmishes and battles!
When we miss those facts, we can’t be fully prepared to hold to our faith, remaining grounded and settled, when we are attacked.
We should not misinterpret completeness and rest as automatic. His promises are yes and amen, but we will have to stand on the promise by faith to enforce it.
We did emerge and come out victorious at the end of the year. But, I have to confess that we should have expected the fight! We should have been more aware!
Victory is defined as the act of defeating an opponent in a battle, or competition.
The enemy came against my family harder than the usual in 2017 . The battle was intense! However, let me say this, ” His mercy and grace was greater!”
God delivered us, each and every time, with Red Sea types of experiences! Just when we thought it was over, he stepped in! Thank you Jesus!
Here is what we stood on When things went contrary, “It might be true, but never forget the God factor. ”
When you are in the midst of your circumstance, don’t forget God specializes in ‘ turn arounds.”
Looking back, I realize our biggest battle was to remain in faith and trust that what God said he would do, he would do. We got down a few times, but we got back up! We have a great church family!
Then came the year 2018.
Most people breathed a sigh of relief, quoting that the number 8 was the year of new beginnings!
Well, that is true, but because it is 18 not 8, it also means a new order. That puts more emphasis on order.
So again, let’s be aware. Not beware, but wake up and be aware of what’s going on!
Most people, including many Christians didn’t like who God used to administer the year of new order in our nation. That’s nothing new! Strong leadership offends.
Nevertheless, true Christians, submit under the kingdom of God. We are called to seek first His Kingdom in Matthew 6:33.
Let me just say this: “We must act according to his word, not the world. As a reminder, His kingdom means doing things God’s way! His word is his will. So Christians, we are going to have to get with it in the next few years.”
The number 18 in the Bible also symbolizes bondage.
God’s people Israel as a nation and experienced the Red Sea experience with Moses as a leader. He was according to God, the most humble of men.
Under Moses leadership, they received the victory and began the journey to the land God promised, yet they tried God and Moses.
The people so frustrated Moses, he acted out of his emotions, instead of his anointing and it cost him. Several times!
Joshua, actually led the people into the promised land.
Here is the lesson: Some of God’s children, didn’t recognize the potential to lose their new found freedom.
Some actually preferred bondage because it was easier. (Shocking but true.)
Therefore, God wasn’t pleased. Only two, ( Joshua and Caleb), actually took authority and recognized it was a spiritual battle to trust and believe by faith. They were militant in the faith.
The others went blindly back into bondage, because of fear and unbelief.
I can’t help but see a parallel in America! Think back to when we first became America, the land of the free. Think about how we left bondage! Think of how we had a great covenant (constitution) that was for all the people. Only to go right back into bondage for years!
We must understand that the battle over our nation right now is not for the greater good!
Also, it is not over our refusal to welcome foreigners.
The true people of America has always been gracious!
America was and is very pro- life! America to this day is multi-cultural. It’s who we are!
The battle is for the control of our Freedom. The battle is over freedom to worship our one true God.
The battle will be in years to come, over America’s and Israel’s freedom and blessings.
I got to ask, ” If the foundation be destroyed what can the righteous do?” Psalms 11:3
Though Israel went back into bondage, a good while later, God freed Israel through the period of the judges!
It’s probably not a coincidence that the last quarter of 2018 closed confirming a judge.
The judges are important in keeping our constitution and freedoms.
What then can we do?
As we prepare for 2019, we should celebrate it as the year of God’s perfect order and judgement!
Celebrate that God is still on the throne! He is our good and gracious judge!
Individually and corporately, we must examine our lives. Determine like Joshua, ” As for me and my house we are going to serve the Lord.”
Be prepared! Be aware! Be like Christ!
Operate under the the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.