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As we wait on God’s will for us in the New Year, one driving emotion should be our desire to please God!
God will speak to us all this year in varied ways; through His still small voice, His written word, or through others.
What determines who will succeed and who will fail is obedience to His commands. Some of us are used to doing things our own way, while others interpret God’s commands as a feeling, or their conscience!
If we however, make up our minds at this point to listen and try to please God through obedience, I know the year will be victorious. God will bless us far more than we deserve (Ephesians 3:20).
When we please God, several things are sure:
- He prospers us and enables us to live in peace with all (Proverbs 16:7-8).
- He provides for us and ensures the prosperity of our children (Psalms 37:25)
- He fights for us (Exodus 14:14)
- He promotes us wherever we may be (Deuteronomy 28:13).
Our motives in pleasing God should be above reproach. This means we must be driven to please Him because He is God, we fear Him, and we obey Him; these qualities make Him happy with His children.
Let us ask God earnestly in prayer for the desire and the ability to please Him…with our thoughts, words, and actions! Ask and you shall receive.
Lesson of the Week
1. Ask God to create a new heart and a right spirit within you. (Psalms 51:10).
2. Ask for the spirit of ‘the fear of the Lord’ (Isaiah 11:2 & Psalms 111:10).
We all know we cannot make our hearts or spirits right before God! We have to ask Him to give us a righteous heart and spirit.
Have you prayed that prayer today? Will you? Remember that everything we are and have as Christians was given to us freely through Jesus’ death on the Cross. Why then do you think that as a practicing Christian, you suddenly have to earn your right standing before God?
The fear of the Lord precedes wisdom, blessings, anointing, and righteousness. It is one of the seven-fold spirit of the Lord and the foundation of our worship and submission to God!
If we could ask God to bless us this year with the ability to genuinely fear and reverence Him, all other things would fall into place in due course. Do it quickly and wholeheartedly now!
As you do so, may the Lord Jesus flood your heart and soul with indescribable joy, and may the year 2015 be a prosperous and fulfilling year.
Desire to please God and His Christ, and be blessed always!
Weekly Nugget: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33; KJV).
Dr. Kene D. Ewulu ministers from Columbia, South Carolina, The United States.
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