Your Year…Your Choice
January 12, 2024
Happy New Year! I have great expectations in my heart for this new year. While many predictions have already been made concerning some wild things taking place in 2024, we as believers, must awaken to the truth that we have a choice!
Deuteronomy 30:19 says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
The enemy desires to desensitize us to the fact that we have a choice, hoping we will lay down our shield of faith and accept his work in the earth as inescapable. However, God has a far better plan for you, and it is found in the life of faith.
Traditionally, I begin every year stirred up concerning vision. I have countless pages of notes and notebooks filled with the vision that God has given me for that season. For many years, I have heeded the Word in Habakkuk 2:2 which says, “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Vision is important, but we must recognize that vision and faith are inseparably linked as demonstrated in verse 4, “…but the just shall live by his faith.”
Friend, as you embark on your journey for this new year, recognize that 2024 could very well be your best year yet. I want to encourage you to take inventory in a few areas of your life.
- Continually feed your faith. Reopen your heart and mind to the Word of God, for faith is of the heart. And faith is based upon God’s Word and God’s Word alone.
In the world, people are consumed with getting what they deserve, but faith has nothing to do with what you deserve. Faith transcends that and goes outside what you deserve. This is why we must approach the Word of God with an open heart and mind.
- Forsake any trace of pride in your life. Habakkuk 2:4 CEV says, “I, the Lord, refuse to accept anyone who is proud. Only those who live by faith are acceptable to me.”
God’s stance on pride is pretty strong, and it will keep you from receiving what He has for you. One of the quickest ways we get into pride is by depending on our own ability to get things done, and therefore, lightly esteeming our dependence on the Word of God. Keep your eyes on Him and His Word, and you’ll steer clear of pride!
- In order to go forward in God’s best, it’s imperative that you disconnect from the past and move forward in Him. In Deuteronomy 11, we find a passage that is ever with me and rings in my spirit for this year.
Deuteronomy 11:7, “But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the Lord which He did.” How true this is for us today…you may not have come out of Egypt literally, but you have come out of something, and you have SEEN the works of God in your life with your very eyes.
Deuteronomy 11:8, “Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it.” Herein lies the reason we must disconnect from the past–God has land for us to possess, and as long as we dwell on the past, we’re unable to move towards it.
Deuteronomy 11:12, “A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.” The eyes of the Lord are always upon you, from the beginning of this year unto the end of this year. He has somewhere He wants to take you, and His eyes are always upon you.
Have you ever noticed that God did not repeatedly remind the Israelites of all their past mistakes? God’s heart was to get His people into the land He had for them so they could continually experience His goodness and abundance. He’s the same God today as He was then, and He desires the same thing for you! So forget the past and forget the mistakes. Move forward with God by keeping His Word close.
In John 9, we find the story of a man who was born blind, and Jesus’ disciples asked him the question, “who sinned? Him or his parents?” Like many believers, they want to know “why” something happened. We have all been in that place, asking God “why?” Take a look at Jesus’ response from the Message translation.
John 9:3, Jesus said, “You’re asking the wrong question. You’re looking for someone to blame. There is no such cause-effect here. Look instead for what God can do.”
What a powerful way to live! Stop asking “why,” and look instead for what God can do! This is what vision is all about. I wholeheartedly believe that God has some beautiful land for you to possess this year. As you make the choice to forget the past and embrace His Word above all else, you will dwell in that land that He has for you. Remember, His eyes are upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.