January was a month full of God’s blessings. Our first meetings were held at my home church in Birmingham, and it was one of the greatest starts to a year that I can remember. Then at the end of January we traveled to the great nation of Nigeria. Right after graduating RHEMA in 1982, I spent a month there with Dr. Adeboye, a true pioneer, who introduced that country to the faith message.
In 1982, there was tough ground to be plowed, but on returning this year, I saw the fruit that has abounded as a result of seeds being planted over thirty years ago. NEVER underestimate the power of seed. Every one of us has seeds to plant, and seeds to water, and if we will be vigilant, we will see the harvest.
In December, I spent a few days in Buena Vista, Colorado, with a friend of mine. In addition to being a pastor, he is a mountain climber, and he mentioned a “14-er” while we were there, referring to a mountain that is over 14,000 feet high. After hearing some locals talk about the 14-ers as well, I realized that this is a common term for mountain climbers, and it is considered the ultimate in the United States for a climber.
Buena Vista, a beautiful town, is surrounded by 14-ers. My friend and I were riding down the road talking about the upcoming year, and the Spirit of God fell in that car. The Holy Ghost spoke to me and said, “2014 is going to be a 14-er.”
Immediately my eyes were open to some things. 2013 was a rough year for a lot of people. For myself and some others I know, it was a bridge—a passageway to new things. And now, 2014, it’s time to climb to higher ground—the Lord is taking us to a summit.
II Corinthians 5:17 says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.
Change begins on the inside. When you came to Jesus, your inner man—the real you—became a new creature in an instant. Ezekiel 36:26 says that God took the old stony heart out, and placed a new heart and a new spirit within you.
When God put a new heart in you, He put a supernatural machine inside you connected directly to Heaven’s throne. You have been redesigned to WIN the race—not just run it but to WIN it. You were predestined to win.
Many Christians continue to live naturally. They have not received the revelation that though they are IN this world, they are not OF this world. They get tired, judgmental, bitter, and angry. They have the supernatural ability that God placed within them, yet they choose not to use it.
It’s time for Christians to wake up! Living a supernatural life far exceeds any life that this world has to offer, but in order to do so, we must live out of our spirits.
You probably have seen the movie Secretariat. The race horse’s story is an inspiring one. The records he set in the 70’s are still unmatched. I did some research and discovered a couple of very interesting things.
First, after Secretariat’s death, an autopsy revealed that his heart was three times the size of a normal horse’s heart. That huge heart supplied the oxygen necessary for Secretariat to outrun all other horses by a longshot!
Second, Secretariat was trained to keep his focus during the turns. In the horse racing world, a lot of dirty tricks are played in the turns of the race to distract and mess up another horse. But Secretariat learned to keep his focus all the way to the finish line.
We believers are going to experience some turns. Some will be more difficult than others, but we must not get distracted or let the enemy outwit us, for the Greater One is living on the inside of you and me!
Keep your eyes on what the Lord has spoken to you concerning this year. Don’t get distracted. Expect something good from Him every single day. 2014 is a 14-er, and you’re going to the top!
P.S. This month I have included the message that I preached to my home church. The Lord ministered some special things to us that day. I trust you will enjoy this video. Living Supernaturally