Tomorrow, we begin a new year. Do you gaze into this new year with fear or faith? Are you thinking big or thinking small?
"Thou art coming to a king. Large petitions with thee bring. For his grace and pow’r are such. None can ever ask too much." ~John Newton
"And he said, ‘Behold, I am making a covenant. Before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people among whom you are shall see the work of the Lord, for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.’ "Exodus 34:10 (ESV)
Jesus, do some awesome things in me and through me in 2017 that will help people see your work plainly and obviously.
Now I know that Exodus 34:10 applies to Moses and what the Lord promised to do for him and through him.
But I also know that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and that he wants to do similar things through me. So I can apply the principles in this verse to my own life:
God loves to enter covenant relationships with those who are his and he promises certain things that he wants to do, and will do
- God wants people to see his obvious work through his leaders
- God still wants to do awesome things today…not ordinary things…not what we expected…not what he did last year or five years ago, but new and amazing things that he wants to do right now…today!
I want my prayer life to reflect this kind of a God whom I serve and walk with…a marvel working God…a God who promises and enters covenant with me…a God who will do awesome things in and through my life.
“This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a ‘what’s next papa?’ ”
-Romans 8:15 The Message
I am tired of ordinary and want to see extraordinary. I am tired of business as usual and want to see unusual business. I am tired of seeing what I (we) expected and want to see what he is expecting. Jesus, protect me from operating out of a view that sees you as small or safe! As the song says, “Our God is an awesome God, he reigns in heaven and earth.”
Welcome the new year with a sense of excitement, joy, enthusiasm and expectation as you are lead by him, empowed by him, and seek to honor him.
Will there be problems in 2017? Absolutely! Will there be his faithful promises for 2017? Absolutely!
Do I hear an Amen out there?