I’m grateful for all the doors God opened in 2019. I believe you and I will experience even greater opportunities in 2020. While things may still look chaotic, we’ve entered a season where God is bringing things into order. One of the things that gets on my nerves about God is that He always makes you look vulnerable before He raises you up. It looked like Jesus lost the fight when He died on the cross. But three days later during hell’s unfounded celebration, Jesus arose from the grave with all power in His hand. What God is about to do in your life this year will be unmistakably God. He’s shifting you from surviving to thriving.
This year it’s critical that you don’t try to dictate how God will bless you because your breakthrough can surface in the middle of chaos, or the mundaneness of life. If it seems like the movie “Groundhog Day” mirrors your life and you’re going in circles, be rest assured God is working things out on your behalf. God establishes consistency in the monotony of life. Consistency looks like faith to God. And faith releases the power of God. The day the blind man Bartimaeus received his sight probably seemed like any other day at the outset. Little did he know his breakthrough was about to spring forth.
Isaiah 43:19 says, “Behold, I will do a new thing.” The new thing God is doing in 2020 will be an internal work within you. Revelations 21:5 says, “Behold, I make all things new.” The word “behold” is meant to capture your attention. There’s a new you God wants to introduce to you this year. You’re in the process of becoming the person God created you to be. With the launch of a new year and a new decade, time out for business as usual. Settling for the status quo simply won’t do. God is working behind the scenes. And it’s comforting to know that He always finishes what He starts.
This new thing God is doing demands three things on your part. First, you must shift your focus from the problem to the Provider. Life can be overwhelming at times. But nothing you’re facing is greater than God. God has more grace than you have problems. It’s time to start reminding yourself, and tell your problem how big your God is.
Next, God’s new thing requires a deeper level of discernment and greater reliance on the Holy Spirit. Discernment is the ability to distinguish the truth from a lie. Don’t be thrown off by the strangeness of events that unfold this year. I Peter 4:12 says, “Don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through” (NIV). The enemy uses trouble as a smokescreen to dupe you into believing God has abandoned you. On the contrary, God uses trouble as a platform to launch you into purpose and destiny. What the enemy meant for bad, God uses for His glory and your good. You’ve been created to overcome. But it’s impossible to be an overcomer unless things come at you. If you’re born-again, the Holy Spirit dwells within you and empowers you to overcome anything that comes against you. He enables you to navigate landmines the enemy sets in your path. Total reliance on the Holy Spirit is the key to success.
Lastly, endurance is of the utmost importance. God uses trials to develop your endurance. Patient endurance will usher you into all that God has for you this year and beyond. This is the year you’re going to overcome the habit of giving up too soon.
God is doing a great work. 2020 is the year God replaces doubt with hope and fear with courage. Forgiveness will reign over unforgiveness. Love will take up residence where hatred once resided. And joy will displace the spirit of bitterness to make room for the new things God has in store for you. God will water the parched areas of your life where the heat of your trials has dried up your faith. He’s is working out His plans for your life. Look for God to move on your behalf with anticipation and expectation. God is about to do “what eyes haven’t seen, and ears haven’t heard just for YOU!!!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson