It’s this time of the year. A list of New Year’s resolution, faith goals, things to do, to buy, to accomplish, targets, to change and the list goes on and on. To some, this is the most anticipated month of the year — a fresh start, a beginning of a new journey, a new self, a new life.
I look forward for Year 2013. I actually look forward for every new year. To me, it’s a continuation of the past year. I used to make a list too of what I want to accomplish and the plans I have for a certain year until I stopped doing so few years ago because I get so caught up on my list and plans when infact, God has a better plan and list for me to do. Being a planner and organizer, God has to deal it with me big time. It’s good to plan ahead and make a list but He would always remind me that the list has to come from Him, not the other way around.
This year, He gave me a word to hold on. ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES. That word blew me away. He backed it up confirming using His Word, the Bible whom I acknowledge has the final authority in my life.
Zechariah 8: 12-13 ( English Standard Version )
12 For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. 13 And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong.”
Notice how God will cause the vine, the ground and the heaven to produce, to bear fruit, blessings, abundance, overflowing endless possibilities all at the same time. ( Can you imagine how to contain it? ) This is more than a “reap what you sow” principle. It is not even a short cut to success and prosperity. But God in his nature, will do something supernatural, beyond normal. Isn’t it exciting to be able to witness it right before your eyes? This is PROSPERITY.
Secondly is the promise of SALVATION. The very meaning of life is to be able to receive eternal life through Jesus Christ demonstrated when He died on the cross for you and me because of His everlasting love. He will cause people to know Him, to make Him known and experience the power of the cross. And it will not end there, you shall be a BLESSING. Know what it means to be a blessing to someone? People like to be around you because your presence itself brings blessing to their lives.
Finally, God commanded us to FEAR NOT. He will lead you to a place you have never been before, not even in your imagination. It will be a place you would think is impossible to step on — but He will make it possible for you. Remember, He is the God of all possibilities. With His commands, He also instruct us to BE STRONG. Find strength in Him. To be courageous, to believe what you can’t see, to be faithful. There’s no time to quit or give up.
That’s my list! His list became my list. To those who believe, you will receive. I still find it amazing how God can speak directly and cause me to abide and obey Him. I only have one simple prayer — that I will constantly be in the business of changing lives, that I will bloom where I am planted so God may be glorified in my life.
The promises above is made available for every believer. That’s our inheritance. His Word is something we can hold on to. Don’t make a list of what you want and encourage yourself — list what He wants. Don’t make a list based on your resources, believing only what is measurable and attainable. Look to God. He is far bigger and greater than what you think or imagine. He is the God of endless possibilities.
Jesus said “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. ” Matthew 19:26