“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV)
Let us remember every day that we are living in God’s favor and that, as a result, everything we need has been made available to us. And so as we head into the new year, let’s approach it with the confidence that we can trust God to show Himself strong in all of the different areas of our life.
Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
Psalm 115:15 (KJV)
To be blessed means to be empowered to prosper and excel. When we remember that we have the blessing of God who created Heaven and Earth, we cannot help but live in an earnest expectation that we will see His goodness and favor showing up in every area of our life!
O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalm 34:8 (KJV)
We taste and come to know the goodness of God through our intimate fellowship with Him. The more time we spend in His presence through worship, prayer, praise and His Word, the more do we find that we can trust God with all of the areas of our lives. And out from this trust is birthed a life that leads from victory to victory.
They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
Psalm 37:19 (KJV)
When God has become our rock, our trust, and the source of our provisions, we need not be concerned with what may be happening in the world. We can rest confidently that all our needs shall be supplied regardless of how it may seem in the natural. It is this faith and confidence that enables God’s unmerited favor to manifest in the most unusual ways.
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.
Ephesians 1:11 (MSG)
As we grow in our understanding of our identity in Christ, we come to discover that God has created each of us with a unique purpose. The more we identify with how God sees us—righteous, healed, delivered, sound, equipped for every challenge—the more do we place ourselves into position for Holy Spirit to guide us into God’s purposes for our lives.
And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:5 (KJV)
As we place our trust in Jesus, Holy Spirit works in our hearts molding and shaping us more fully into becoming the instruments of His love. Key here is to understand and receive God’s perfect love for us; and the more we receive His perfect love, the more will His love become alive in our hearts and, ultimately, flow out through us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16 (KJV)
At the heart of Christmas lies this truth that God has already given us the greatest gift we could ever receive in bringing forth His Son into the world. By simply placing our faith in Jesus, we are delivered from everything that leads to destruction, and we receive the free gift of everlasting life. This life that Jesus came to give includes wholeness, peace, joy, soundness, safety, and every need met in spirit, soul and body.