HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
What great expectation the beginning of a new year brings! For Christi and me, it represents a new adventure in God. At the beginning of each year, we make a list and thank Him for all the GOOD things He did for us the previous year. Then we make a list (a petition: specific requests) that we are believing for and thank Him in advance for all the good things He will do in 2018. This year, I believe He instructed us to encourage you that it’s going to be an awesome year, IF we have ears to hear! This is His instruction:
We are living the last of the last days before Jesus returns. A season that the Word describes as “perilous times that are hard to bear.” The only way we will live in victory is to walk in the WISDOM of God! Therefore, every time we come in contact with His Word, we need to be ready to HEAR the counsel of God, receive His instruction and gladly accept His correction. Most don’t like to discuss correction, or where we missed it, because our flesh (pride) always makes excuses for our choices. But please let me remind you that we are DESTINED to be CHANGED into the image of the Son of God. Every time I come in contact with the Word of God and compare myself to JESUS, I always need to change! Can a get an AMEN somebody?
Hebrews 4:2 teaches us that in order for The Word of God that we hear to be of any benefit to our life we must “join our FAITH with the Word that we hear.” We make the CHOICE to believe even if we don’t intellectually understand. For example, tithing does not make sense to our natural mind. After giving 10% to the work of the Lord, how is it possible that your money will go further on 90% than 100? It may not make sense but it works! Christi and I and millions of others can confirm it!
When we face daily challenges, do we do what we think is best (which is what Proverbs 3:5 calls “leaning on our own understanding”) OR do we do what God says? It doesn’t matter whether we believe it or understand it, what God says is THE TRUTH! Please let me encourage you that living by faith is the MOST important thing any Christian will ever learn to do! James 1:5-7 says that if we are double-minded then we should not expect to receive ANYTHING from the Lord. Double-minded means that we trust God by bringing the tithe but the next day we question if all of our needs will be met “according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
For example, some Christians will gladly believe the truth that all their sins are forgiven and they are on their way to spend eternity in heaven. But teach them that Romans 13:8 commands us to, “Keep out of debt and owe no man anything, except to love one another…” and they question if that really is The Truth. When they choose to lean on their own understanding, they end up in bondage because Proverbs 22:7 explains, “the borrower is slave to the lender.”
How do we get from here to there? We must have ears to hear! Once we hear the word, we join our faith with it! We don’t question it. We don’t try to make it fit our lifestyle or personality or political correctness. We say “YES Lord!” Please let me encourage you that it’s time to HEAR The Word from our pastors, our teachers, and godly mentors as a Word from God! Be ready to hear counsel, receive instruction and accept correction. When The Lord corrects us, it is always for our GOOD! When we choose to believe the Word I Thessalonians 2:13 says that it is effective on our behalf:
As you sow your precious seed this month, be encouraged that because you have received instruction in giving that you can expect wisdom in the time to come, particularly in the area of finances! Proverbs 3:16 says that in the way of wisdom is “riches and honor.” So get ready to receive insight, clarity and discernment for every financial decision that will bless your future and family. Don’t forget your giving is helping us share the wisdom of God now through our new TV ministry, “On the Road to Freedom” to those who can have a bright and blessed future too!
Happy New Year! We Love You,
Mylon & Christi
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