For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:11-13
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:14
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him Hebrews 11:6
If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith. Hebrews 4:2-4
It is so important that we stay alert and plan well for the whole year next year. There are a lot of things to look forward to. Most of the time, most of them will be good things. I can say that with confidence because of who the King is and also because of what I know about the number 12. I will put together a post about it on 01/01/12. It is not so much how we start something that matters but how we finish. So often our mindset before, during and at the end of the process determines how well we will do and how things turn out. Next year will be such a crucial year. For many a lot of opportunities will present themselves and if there is no preparation for them, will be tragically missed.
In this year 2011 it has undoubtedly been the roughest year yet. Of course on the one hand it is no surprise. The number 11 is the number of destruction, division, demotion, dethronement and chaos. That is why the natural disasters have been more intense than ever before. It is why the breakthroughs that were rightfully to be within our grasp, have been withheld and some times denied us. So many health challenges. Many financial challenges, relationship challenges and so on. On the other hand we have not been able to maintain enough discipline and have enough desire to see through our goals to the end. Most obstacles have proven to be serious and stubborn. That is why I am encouraging everyone to really sit down and use this week, the last part of this year, to think about the good things that have happened this year and how they can maintain that.
Coming up with new strategies
Whatever has not worked throughout this year, cancel it. In your list of goals, against those ones that have not been achieved, write down why. After that get together with family and friends and brainstorm new strategies, new ways to achieve your goals. What approach are you going to take this time? How are you going to handle the obstacles that appear before you? Even if it is a very simple goal you cannot rule out the possibility of an obstacle getting in the way. As you try to anticipate what it may be, write down how you will get past it and move on. Once you have your strategies down, get someone who is going to be accountable to you. I cannot emphasize the importance of being very serious about next year. It will be so wonderful!
Relationships and worship
For me the year 2012 will be about these two things. Some of my posts will be about Solomon and how he utilized the relationships he formed to get him further to his goal. I will be using 1 Kings 3-10 and the Proverbs. Then I will try study David for a while and see why the King was pleased with him to the point of calling him a man after His own heart (1 Sam 13:14; Acts 13:22). What does it mean to be a man/woman after God’s own heart? How did David get such an understanding of worship that he excelled though getting deep into it? My desire is to get to that level where I draw close to God as He draws close to me throughout the year (James 4:8). All my other goals will fall under these two. That is my strategy for 2012. Establish a major goal and have all the others put in place to help reach the major one, one step at a time.
Look forward to success, take advantage of failure and then keep looking forward to success. Write down every answered prayer, it is a testimony. Cherish every relationship, they are vital to the fulfillment of your destiny. Learn from your own and other people’s mistakes. Have an open mind. Dare to be different. Challenge popular thinking, there is nothing worse than doing things because everyone else is doing it. Give more to live more. Do something you have never done before. Embrace every challenging moment as an opportunity to be a testimony to someone else.
In my post that I will write on 01/01/12, I will give some examples as to why 11 is such a bad number both in the natural and in the spiritual realm. I am actually looking forward to that post. May you all be blessed and be a blessing this Christmas week. This is the last week in 2011: the year of wisdom. James 3:13-18 was the theme for this year. Let’s finish it bold. Finish it strong. Finish it wise.