Happy New Year! Mandy and I want to say how blessed we are to have such amazing partners and friends, like you, who have joined us in the effort to impart, establish and encourage the body of Christ without hesitation or reservation. Together we are stronger, seeing countless lives touched by the saving power of Jesus Christ. 2017 was a successful year and to you we say, “Thank You.” To 2018 we say, “Let’s go!”
Some of the greatest moments that come with counting down a New Year are the explosion of fireworks that are released at the stroke of midnight. With each passing second a rush of excitement sweeps across the nation and the world as clusters of large explosions fill the atmosphere. The energy seems to be electric and as the new year arrives, everyone yells as their hearts are filled with a joyous expectation for all that will transpire in the new year. I believe we are living, spiritually, in such a monumental time.
In John chapter 2 we see Jesus’ first miracle played out at a wedding feast. I believe this real-life story holds truth for the time in which we, the church, the body of Christ are living. Being sensitive to the leadings of the Holy Spirit and listening to His voice is more crucial now than ever before. Our position and actions play huge roles in the will of God being accomplished and advanced as we draw near to the return of Christ.
In verse 5 of John 2 we see this statement that Jesus’ mom, Mary, makes to the servants of the wedding feast. “Whatever He says to you, do it.” This is the first step towards the miraculous. Many times, we are praying for an answer concerning our situation or our heart’s desire, yet the Lord knows that if we would only act on what He has already spoken, we would possess the answer or change we seek.
What we are longing for and wanting to see remains one act of our compliance away from a complete outpouring of fulfillment and provision. I believe that many have already begun to respond to what the Lord has spoken and hearts are being filled with expectancy looking for all that is to come.
After the servants had accomplished the orders of Jesus to fill the water pots to the brim some was taken to give to the master of ceremonies. In John 2:10 we see his response, “And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!’” God is not a man who starts off with the best but then allows the end to fade out with the lesser. From the beginning, God sent His very best, revealing His glory full of grace and truth and it is excelling with revelation. In verse 11 it reads, “This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him.”
I believe we are living in the end times with the best of what God has in store for this dispensation. Haggai 2: 9 says, “The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts. “And in this place I will give peace, says the Lord of Hosts.” It is the latter and former rain being poured out together to reveal in the church God’s true purpose of authority and dominion over all the power of darkness, which will cause a turn of events that bring the masses to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Get ready! Get ready! For we are living in the greatest outpourings of the Spirit of God that man has ever seen! It will come with opposition of course, but the gates of hell will not and cannot prevail!