Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Interestingly an upper respiratory infection has rendered me hoarse and almost voiceless for the last five days. It is interesting that these challenges often leave me with no voice to talk; however, I have the mind to think and a soul and spirit to pray. God hears us in our silence and God speaks even when we are not speaking. Actually, sometimes I believe I hear the Lord clearer when I have been benched. None of us really like to be benched, but sometimes God in His infinite wisdom puts us aside for a moment. And so it is because God, in His infinite wisdom is all knowing, he knows the beginning before we know the end of a thing; we yield to His infinite wisdom.

It is in that spirit that I speak to you with this new blog today. Today is January 9th, 2018. January 1985, at the tender age of 18, I preached my first sermon and I was licensed that night. It was a Friday night, and the sermon was “Guilty and You Know It.” And so it is interesting that I kick off this blog of inspiration and information to help each of you go into your NEXT.

The Holy Spirit has witnessed to me that it is important for us in our Consecration prayers to be: #1 revive our INTEREST, and #2, to be INSPIRED. Perhaps our prayers should be “Lord give me continued interest in all that you have assigned my hands to do.” These first 21 days are critical. I am on my way crunching through the snow to be at the sanctuary. I have challenged the people to meet me there for the next 21 days. We did this years ago and it was always effective. God honors the press and as we move forward I don’t want to lose interest in the things that God has given me. I need every idea that God has given me to move according to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.   I need God’s breath, I need the ruach! I need the spirit of the living God to breathe, I need the dunamis power of God to undergird and anoint what He spoke in my spirit and soul. Off times we are discouraged if we come to the end of a year. At the end of that year we are often discouraged because so many things that we had in mind in January, maybe February, we just no longer have in mind. I believe that sometimes we lose interest in the things that God has spoken to us, so our prayer does not always need to be “Lord help me to give vision and give me favor”, because, what about when God does do that and there is a slow erosion of Godliness? A slow erosion of holy attention given to the ideas that God has inspired us with?

That’s my prayer tonight. God continue to keep me interested in God, interested in His church, interested in His plan, interested in His program; and that I would continue to keep that interest. That I would stay interested to what God has called me to do.

We need to be interested, inspired, interested, intrigued; because God s infinite! I personally bore easily. I lose interest in things easily. It is easy for me to go to the next. I can’t go over the same thing over and over and over again and not see anything. Yes, I will write the vision. Yes, I will make it plain. Yes, I’ll run with it, but I need to see some kind of life somewhere in the midst of the idea. I need to sense something, see something, feel something, and bear witness to something. I need that and that’s what we need. We need helpers to help us birth, not only help us birth, but who is around us, who’s in our team, who’s all In? Who’s all in that will give us the help and speak to the baby in our womb? You remember Mary when she visited her first cousin Elizabeth and upon Mary greeting her she felt the baby leap in her womb. Oh how we need this year to be surrounded not by just YES people, but people who honestly want to see what God has given us to come to past. And even if it hurts us, they want us to fulfill the destiny. So iron sharpens iron. And so when they share an idea with us it ought to be to help us not to hurt us, to build us not to tear us down, and to anoint us and not to destroy us. Beloved, God has given all you need to fulfill his purpose and his plan for 2018. Let’s get to it in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Even Jesus, the Christ of God.