Archive for December, 2012

“The LORD had said to Abram, ‘Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.'”

– Genesis 12:1-3 NIV

At the beginning of the 2012 calendar year, I listened to a sermon preached on TBN with the title Excel in 2012. It resonated with me and I encouraged my sister and mother to embrace it as the new theme for our ongoing bible study (5 years running). Our theme became Excel in 2012 and Beyond! As the 2012 year comes to a close, I rejoice in knowing God has exceeded our expectations and extended us beyond ourselves to experience change in real, relevant ways that confirm for us God’s person, presence and power at work in us and through us for His glory! Though it was not always easy, the journey has been well worth the encounter!

Before Abram could experience the fulfillment of the promise God spoke to him in Genesis 12, Abram had to embrace and accept the commandment for change God required. Abram had to be willing to leave a place of familiarity and comfort in order to experience the fullness of blessing God had in store for him. Faith requires change and a transition from something old into something new. Change requires a transition, or paradigm shift, from the way things were to the way things God intends in order to encounter fulfillment, success and prosperity.

God wants to make us new and experience a new life that includes an intimate personal relationship with Him through faith in Jesus Christ. Careful inspection of the promise God speaks to Abram reveals that what God intends to do for us is not intended to be solely beneficial exclusively to the recipient of the promise, but also to everyone who comes into contact with the recipient. The world becomes a better place for the one who embraces and accepts what God requires in association with the promise of being a follower of Christ.

May God bless you and help you to embrace and accept His promises so you may experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”

– 2 Chronicles 7:14-15 NIV

The power for change begins when I am willing to embrace enacting the principles required in association with the promise. For Abraham, it began by being willing to follow God’s word by leaving his family and place of comfort for a better place God had planned for him, but Abraham did not know where he was going. In the same way, change in our circumstances begins when we are willing to operate within the divine plan of God to do what He requires in order to experience the fulfillment of His promises.

God promised Solomon that His eyes and ears would be open and attentive to the prayers offered by His people and His heart would always be with them in the book of 2 Chronicles, but God proclaimed a requirement by which His people’s prayers would be answered. God promises to always listen, but if our desire is for Him to respond to our prayers, to experience the power for change in our circumstances, we must apply the principles associated with the promise.

Healing, restoration, revival, and change begins with emulating the posture of a sincere seeker. The posture of a sincere seeker is fueled by their faith in the One who promises power for change for the one who comes believing He can and will act on their behalf. Abraham interceded for Sodom and Gomorrah and Lott’s life was spared. God may not act in the way or time we desire, but it does not mean that God is not listening and will not act. Through faith in Christ, we are God’s temple, and God promised that the temple He chose and consecrated for His name to be there forever, His eyes and heart will always be there too! (see 2 Chronicles 7:16) Continue to believe and pray to experience God’s power for change!

May God help you and bless you to continue to believe and pray to experience His promises and encounter His power for change and the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,’ declares the LORD, ‘and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.'”

– Jeremiah 29:11-14 NIV

The significance of this promise and proclamation written in the book of Jeremiah and proclaimed to the people of God by the prophet Jeremiah is the timing of when the message was preached. God explained to Moses way back in the book of Exodus that the rebellious acts of the children of Israel would bring certain calamity when they entered the Promised Land and the result of their rebellion would be being driven out of the very place God promised He would give to them.

The promise of Jeremiah 29:11-14 is proclaimed to the Israelites while they are in the very place God said they would be for rebelling against Him while they lived in the place of promise He brought them to when He led them out of bondage from Egypt. It is a message of comfort, encouragement and hope and it is as relevant today as it was proclaimed back then. It is also a reminder of how great, powerful and faithful God is to care for those He loves, even when we fall short, turn away and go our own way. God promises to restore, deliver and bless those who turn their hearts towards Him, no matter how long its been since they’ve followed sincerely, or how great the distance in their intimacy with Him.

Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. The proclamation of this promise also challenges the believer to turn to God and trust Him believing in His great promise of deliverance and restoration! In the face of injustice, misfortune and grief God wants us to capture His promise believing He is holy, faithful and trustworthy to bring us out of a place of darkness, despair and defeat into the miraculous wonder of His light, love and abundance! Take hold of God’s promise to deliver and restore so you can transcend your circumstances and live victoriously regardless of your circumstances!

May God bless you and help you to capture His promises in your heart so you may come to Him, call upon His name and watch Him perform the miraculous work of deliverance and restoration in and through you to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.