Since January 1st I have been receiving e-mail after e-mail regarding predictions and prophetic messages for the coming year.
The one today especially disturbed me because it promised that all would be well with me in the coming year and that I was destined to succeed and achieve every goal in my life. Then it went on to say that victory and prosperity will be coming my way in abundance. Also, that God was going to end all my suffering, sorrow and pain.
Now... I’m certain your eyes have diverted right back up to the top portion of this page to see if you might have miss-read what I had said about being disturbed and upset. Wouldn’t I WANT all these good things coming from the throne room of God into my life?
My answer is, "Yes, absolutely. Of course I would." But, what disturbs me is that there is no mention of my part, parcel and responsibility in this equation. Nowhere do these prophecies mention a very large, two-letter word that is the most important component in this equation. That two-letter word is "IF’.
Throughout scripture God’s word says that ‘if’ I obey His voice and ‘if’ I walk in holiness and ‘if" I walk humbly with my God that THEN He would ‘bless me in the city and bless me in the field; He would make me the head and not the tail and place me above and not beneath.’
God absolutely ‘delights in the prosperity of His saints’... but His saints have received some marching orders directing them how to ‘live and move and have their being in Him’ so that they can achieve victory over their carnality, allowing Christ to transform their lives and make them the salt and light of this world.
No parent would allow their child to live on a diet of cotton candy and then reward that child with a bowl of ice cream. They understand that cotton candy is great as a dessert once in a while or as a treat at the fair, but if that child solely existed on a diet of this stuff it would result in severe illness and eventually even death.. No parent allows a child to stay up until three o’clock in the morning every night and then rewards that child by allowing them to stay home from school the next day. It would be totally insane for a parent to permit a child to throw their toys out of a three story window and then go out and buy them dozens of bowling balls, yet people presume that God the Father would allow His children to run amuck without any boundaries, guidelines or any form of discipline and then bless them unconditionally in the process.
So, if you are anticipating God’s very best for your life in the coming year (love, joy, peace, health and prosperity), you need to abide by God’s directive from Joshua 1:8 which says, ‘This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night that thou MAYEST OBSERVE to DO according to ALL THAT IS WRITTEN THEREIN; for THEN thou shalt make thy way PROSPEROUS, and THEN thou shalt HAVE GOOD SUCCESS.’
So allow me to prophecy over your life for the coming year directly out of the Word of God ... ‘IF you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; ALL THESE (good & wonderful) THINGS shall be added unto you.’ (Matt. 6:33) Happy New Year !!!