God Loves you and has inspired the Holy Word to help you to gain greater confidence and faith both in God and in yourself. As we start of in 2024, I think one of the most important things we should consider is ourselves and who we are in God.
Write the vision and make it plain on tablets that he may run who reads it.
Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.
If people can’t see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves. But when they attend to what He reveals they are most blessed.
The first vision we all need is seeing ourselves as a child of God and who we are in Him, and if you do not have that confidence of who you are then this is a great time to ask and just believe that you have received it and make one of your new year resolutions to build yourself up every day by speaking Gods word over yourself.
Therefore, I say to you whatever things you ask when you pray, BELIEVE that you receive them, and you will have them.
Let’s look at a couple of scriptures that clarifies this.
So, God created man in His own image in the image of God He created them both male and female.
We could personalise this scripture,
Father thank you that your word says I am made in your image and that you have created me thank you father that I am your child created just like you.
You could be saying this or similar daily and often over ourselves, simply because:
- it edifies you when we use Gods words and speak His words over yourself.
- it will also increase your confidence in who you are that is a child of GOD.
- It will remind you that you are created in Gods image.
- That you resemble your Father in heaven because He created you in His own image.
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in my name He may give you.
You could personalise this one as follows.
I’m chosen Jesus said you did not choose me, but I chose you and I will go in His name and bear fruit.
- God Chose you.
- He appointed you.
- You can bear good fruit.
- Your fruit will flourish.
- You can pray or ask anything using His name.
- This will also help you to understand that all things are done through Him not you.
Now I would like to speak on the following scripture.
Finally, brethren whatever things are true whatever things are noble whatever things are just whatever things are pure whatever things are lovely whatever things are of good report if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things.
Learn to choose your thoughts.
Peace of mind comes when you repeatedly chose thoughts that bring you peace of mind.
God would not ask you to do this if He had not given you the ability to do it and its in your best interest to keep at it.
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 10:5
We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
The battle starts in your mind, and we would not be getting taught this if we could not do it.
All things are possible through Christ who strengthens us.
The more you think about something the greater it becomes in your own mind, and this is why the scriptures teach us to think on things that are good peace of mind comes when you consistently choose thoughts that bring you peace of mind. Phil. 4:8 is a thought list so I repeat God would not tell you to do this if you could not do it.do not accept the thoughts that I can’t its negative thinking.
Romans 12:2 also instructs us to renew our minds. How many of you want to be more like Christ well this is the best way of achieving more of Him there is power in thinking like God Amen.
When you hear negative reports for instance on the news on what is happening in the economy just check out what God has already told us in His book and rest in the fact that unless He has called you to do something about it your role is to pray for those he has or perhaps financially support them. If it’s a health issue then yes you perhaps need the help of a doctor however what does God say about it, and getting into oh what is happening, and woe betide etc. is keeping us back with the negativity thinking.
Whatever you think about all the time becomes what you believe talk about and act on so why you would want to focus on what you don’t want. Start speaking out what you want your answer to be and believe in faith you have received it.
Mark 6:5 says only believe.
Choose Gods word and what is the best over whatever thoughts come up that go against his word whether it’s something you hear or in your inner self ask yourself if it fits into Phil 4:8 is it true, honest, just, or pure could any praise come from it this helps us to confront our thoughts from a perspective of light not darkness.
Let’s take a situation where someone in your family is not saved so they do not know the Lord and they are living life according to the world’s ways. This can be difficult to watch and when you have done what you can the best thing that we can do is leave them at Jesus’s feet in the Spirit lay them down and just love them where they are it’s not your job or your responsibility to change them only God can do that this can be a difficult thing to do for any parent but at the end of the day they were Gods child before they were yours.
Same scenario if you had a difficult upbringing or a marriage or relationship that has dissolved we have to forgive and let it go now I understand that this is not easy and it does take time however if you are sitting in that same place after being saved for say 20 years I would need to ask how long are you going to live in yesterday’s hurts and mess.
We are not responsible for anyone else’s walk or should I say life except our own Father has asked us to forgive let go and keep on moving remember lot and his wife coming out of Sodom (Gen 19:1-38)
She looked back and was turned to stone. Are you stuck in the past? We have to keep moving forward using the word and asking Father to help us change.
Should you be hanging on to any past hurts or unforgiveness why don’t you forgive let go and move on into 2024 with a Philippians 4:8 mentality life is too short to carry baggage around the only person it holds back is you.
This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it, for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
God gives us this advice for our benefit when we meditate and speak the word it’s us that change.
Let’s make 2024 a year of growing closer to Father.