Another amazing promise of God for the year 2018. We often think that if we have money, then all our problems will be solved. We go chasing after more money because we are not satisfied with what we have and we want to take care of what happens in the future. I love this verse because it reminds us that God, who gave us what we have currently, will not fail us in the future. He will continue to ensure that we are satisfied and comfortable. So this year, as you go about your duties and responsibilities, remember this promise of God: He will never fail you or abandon you. God has got your back!
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.”” – Hebrews 13:5 NLT
As we begin this amazing year of 2018, I will entreat you to make this declaration daily. Let us secure our lives and the lives of our family members with the word of God. You will not die, but live, because God wants you to declare His works, the testimonies that He has given to you, and all the blessings He has blessed you with, to all the nations.
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.” – Psalms 118:17 KJV
Before the year ends, I feel the need to share this with you. I call it a “tithing testimony”. The other day, my friend and brother, Emmanuel Boate, put up a post about tithing and I agree with what he put up because it is true. There is so much blessing in tithing that when you fail or refuse to tithe, you miss out on your blessing.
This year, I kept a very good record of the tithe I paid in Church. And I was surprised to learn that by the 12th month, that is, December 2017, I had paid more in tithe than I did in 2016. There was a 120% increase in my tithing, which automatically means that there was a 120% increase in my salary. Truth be told, the struggle was real in 2017. I thought I was always broke but God made provision for me, and because I was faithful in my tithing, He ensured that I never lacked anything. Going into 2018, I’m going to challenge God and tithe even more because I believe in His promise attached to tithing.
If you have never tithed before, can I encourage you to start in 2018 and see what God does at the end of 2018? If you need any explanation on what it means to tithe or the reasons behind the promise attached to tithing, I will be happy to explain it to you and how you can monitor the blessings of God in your life. Just send me a private message.
These are Kingdom promises of our Father, and we are entitled to them if we follow His instructions.
Happy New Year.
As the year inches to an end, it is time to reflect on the resolutions we made on 31st December, 2016 and 1st January, 2017. It is also time to reflect on how good the Lord has been to us. If you are like me, who keeps a journal, you will be able to track God’s goodness and you will realise that God has been, indeed, good.
For me, God promised to make me flourish in 2017, and He did. There were times that I did not think I was flourishing but God was there doing His thing and building my faith. There were times that I convinced myself that it was time to give up, and almost immediately, God showed up and reminded me that He is God. I’m a stronger person today because of all the struggles I went through in 2017. At the end of the year, I can say confidently that 2017 was a much better year for me than 2016, and there was no human effort involved, except for the people that God used to carry out His will for my life.
It is important that I add that I also made a covenant with God at the beginning of the year (on the first Sunday of 2017 – the Methodists call it Covenant Sunday) and sealed it with a sacrifice.
In addition to the reflections, it is also time to seek God’s guidance in setting new goals for 2018. My only advice is to set goals beyond your own capabilities, and trust God to deliver.
Your God is bigger than your goals.
Two weeks ago, I was at Hillsong NYC and during worship, the choir sang this song – “What A Beautiful Name“. Of course, I had heard it a few times at my church, Empowerment Worship Centre in Accra, and I liked it. But there was something different when Hillsong sang their own song during the church service. The entire theater was filled with the presence of God. I could feel the Spirit of God all around as the music blazed through the speakers. The presence of God was so strong that I had goosebumps all over.
The lyrics of the song are so important and should be listened to very attentively. The song has so many different messages. But the one that I want to focus on in this post lies in the second stanza of the song. It says, “My sin was great, Your love was greater. What could separate us now?” Often times, we think that because of how great our sins are, it is impossible for God to forgive us. But that is not the case.
Let me share with you, something I read in the Bible recently . In Zechariah 3:1-5, Satan accused a man named Jeshua but God rejected Satan’s accusation and rebuked him. That is not to say Satan was telling lies. No; Satan was telling the truth (ironic right, haha). The man had sinned terribly but God was more interested in the man’s redemption than the man’s condemnation. So instead of condemning the man, the angel of the Lord took away the filthy clothes on the man, which represented the sin that Satan was accusing him of, and replaced them with new clothes. The man was also given a new turban to cover his head. Thus, from the head to toe, the man was made new.
The above story is a clear example of the fact that even when our sin is great, the love of God is greater and He will show us mercy. God does not want us to be separated from Him that is why He gave up His only Son to come and die and reconcile us back to Him. We should always confess our sins to our Father, who is willing and ready to forgive us and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.
Enjoy the song, and by the way, if you are in New York City and want to visit Hillsong NYC, they worship at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 34th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenue.
What a beautiful name it is … the name of Jesus!