Welcome to 2017! Goals have been set and plans made, so let’s achieve more this year and stop at nothing to see the Kingdom of God built and lives forever changed by God’s glory!
As we march into this new year with great expectations and dreams, let’s do so with great confidence and absolute trust in God. Really, let’s determine in our hearts that this year will be one that knows no indecision or fear and that every word we declare will only be those that parallel God’s word. Let our anthem be as Joshua’s and Caleb’s in the face of doubt and skepticism as we boldly declare, “Let us go up at once and take possession!”
One thing that fades hope and staggers one’s trust is the element of time. You can tell a lot about a person by what they say consistently. It’s one thing when the new year is fresh and resolutions are hot off the burner for there to be swelling statements of weight loss, debt reduction, and even mending of relationships. It’s another thing as time passes and schedules become saturated with demands and bills pour in from holiday decisions that the boasting of great feats begins to wane. The cheer of the holiday season has slowly drifted away and thoughts of forgiving our frayed relationships just don’t seem as doable anymore especially after their last comment or action. Time has a way of attacking our good intentions and sabotaging our promises.
Thank God though, that with Him there is no variation or shadow of turning (James 1:17). When God places either His written or spoken word in our hearts concerning His will and plan for our lives He does so in eternity and outside of time. I did a video a few years back where I talked about God living in the ever-eternal present NOW. Every word that He has spoken and given was made from a place that knows no limit and has no expiration date. Too often we allow time to convince us that God’s promises have outlived their shelf life and are no longer valid to our situation. There could be nothing further from the truth. Time must not be given a voice in the conversation where God’s word is concerned.
I can’t think of a better way to illustrate this than to refer back to the men I opened this letter up with. When Joshua and Caleb returned from the land of promise they expressed the realities of what had been spoken to them by God and confirmed its existence. The promise was there in all its fullness, yet the Israelites began to complain and began to wish they could go back to Egypt. No matter how 2017 started or what unfolds as it progresses don’t allow the opposition to God’s promises to tempt you to go back to moments of less; press on to the fulfillment of all God has spoken.
In Joshua 14:6-15 we read where Caleb reminisces of this moment of dispute between the nation of Israel and Joshua and himself. He says in verse 6-7, “You know the word which the Lord said to Moses the man of God concerning you (Joshua) and me in Kadesh Barnea. I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the Lord sent me from Kadesh Barnea to spy out the land, and I brought back word to him as it was in my heart.”
Remember, don’t allow time to change your speech or cause your heart to relinquish its true beliefs.
Verse 10, “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old.” 12 “Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke in that day….” Caleb’s speech had never been touched by time in those 45 years. Resentment and offense was never given place in Caleb’s heart. His heart was set on possessing God’s promises and living in their fulfillment; there was no other option—only certain destiny. I can only imagine the countless times during those forty-five years that Caleb made secret journeys into the land thinking to himself, “You are all trespassing on my land.” I’m sure there were days when he sat from a distance looking and planning about where he would build his house and how he would use the land.
“Promises concealed in our hearts with confidence of fulfillment will always produce vision.”
I want to leave you with one last verse that I pray you will write down and place where you can see it and read it every day.
Luke 1:45 “Blessed is (Your Name Here) who believed that there will be FULFILLMENT of those things spoken to me.”
Partners please know that we are so thankful for your participation in the vision of Martin Ministries International. Together we accomplished so much in 2016. We ministered in 45 separate services. Traveled to Southeast Asia, spending a week ministering to Pastors and leaders. I completed my instrument flight training and am scheduled to take the flight test on January 19. Please keep this in prayer, I know I’ll pass!
Together we’re laying a foundation that will continue to changes lives and building the Kingdom of God for generations to come.