Another new year to engage with. The last few years were tough and challenging for everyone. For many years I have sought the Lord at the end of each year seeking for a hint from Him, even a small nugget of insight into the coming year. When I seek the Lord in this way, I do so by standing on the promises Jesus gave as written in Matthew 7:7.
At the start of 2017, the Lord directed us that there are two kinds of people in this world: Bridge Burners and Bridge Builders. The Year 2017 would be a season for us to engage in “intentional Bridge Building.”
The Year 2018 would be a year of sharpening (Ecclesiastes 10:10). Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That's the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.
Early in 2019 the Lord spoke to us about the church at the beginning of the new year as follows: "Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; Do not spare; Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left” (Isaiah 54:2-3 NKJV).
“But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).
It was a call for the church to engage in fierce faith, fierce love and a year to make good momentum in the things of the Kingdom.
Fast forward to our Year 2023. The Holy Spirit brought two biblical stories back to my heart: And He sent out two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him. Wherever he goes in, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, “Where is the guest room in which I may eat the Passover with My disciples?” Then he will show you a large upper room, furnished and prepared; there make ready for us.” So His disciples went out, and came into the city, and found it just as He had said to them; and they prepared the Passover (Mark 14:13-16).
And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them (Luke 19:28-31).
This year I am inspired to be more alert for opportunities to Ask, Seek, and Knock on behalf of those around me!