What’s going to be so special about this year! When God’s books are opened concerning your life, what’ll they say about 2019? What’s His will for you? Through my prayer times, I’ve gotten a definite sensing of the kinds of growth and blessing He wants to bring into your life this year.
God has more for you than to sit on a church pew and pass the time until you go to Heaven. God wants you to do something – something that He plans to reward you for when you get to Heaven. He’s hot something for everybody to do.
So, what does God want you to do now that you’re saved, now that you’re born again?
GROW. After you’ve been born again, into the Kingdom of God, the first thing He wants you to do is to grow. When you got born again, spiritually. The Bible talks about how you grow out of your babyhood by feeding on the Word of God. 1 Peter 2:2 says, “Wherefore lay aside all malice and desire the sincere milk of the word that you may grow thereby.”
Psalm 92:12 says that the righteous person shall flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar tree! When you’re walking with God, His will is for you to flourish! And, He wants you to be able to grow, and increase in Him every day, every year of your life.
Part of growing is to read the Bible every day. Then, to think on, or meditate in the Bible. Pray, talk to God about what He’s revealed to you in the Word. Get acquainted with God by just taking the Bible and reading it. You say, “There’s so much in the Bible I don’t understand.” Just keep busy with what you do understand.
Another part of your growing is for your faith to grow. Romans 12:3 says that God has given to each one of us the measure of faith. We each start out with a bit of faith from Heaven to get us going. He gives you enough faith to bring you out of going to hell and to get you into Heaven. It’s enough faith to bring you out of bondage and into God’s kingdom.
How else do you grow? You find a church that teaches you the Bible. Then BE THERE to be taught the Word of God! That’s what God raised up Pastors for! To help you to grow!
Some Christians stay spiritual babies. Others grow into spiritual children. That’s a little better, but God doesn’t want you to remain a baby nor a child. He wants you to grow into a strong man or a strong woman of God.
GO. God wants you to go. Go where? Go to your own world – your family, your friends, your relatives. We go into the world around us and tell them about Jesus. Let them know that, if He could help us, He could also help them.
Go to church. Then, go to your friends and offer to bring them to church, where they can meet Jesus! Some people say, “Well, I don’t believe in going to church. I can be just as good a Christian without going to church as I can by going.”
That’s a total lie. You can’t grow in the knowledge of God without being in a good church, serving Him through the church and honoring God by the way He wants you to live.
You’ve got good news to tell people, and you ought to tell it. When my wife finds out about a sale, she’ll call everybody she can think of, and tell them about that sale! Why does she do that? Because it’s good news.
What Jesus did for you is good news, and you ought to go tell that good news. Let people know that Jesus Christ is Lord. He’s a Savior. He’s a deliverer. He can get you out of drugs and alcohol. He can change your life. He can heal your body. He can deliver you.
GLOW. He wants you to glow. Philippians 2:15, we shine as light in the darkness. We glow. Ephesians 5:18 says, “Be not filled with wine, drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit.” One translation says, “be aglow with the Spirit.”
When we have the Holy Spirit of God shine through you. If you’re moping around all sad and complaining about your troubles; looking down and criticizing people and all under the depression of the devil, you’re definitely NOT glowing!
Matter of fact, the people around you are going to wonder what’s wrong with you – and, whatever it is you’ve got, they don’t want it! But if you’ve got joy, if you’ve got peace, if you have power, they’ll be wanting to know how to get what you’ve got!
When you’re aglow with the Holy Spirit, people can tell you’ve got good news! You’ll look like you just won a million dollars…only better!
FLOW. God wants you to flow! The blessing of God comes when you flow with the leading of His Holy Spirit. Stress comes when you try taking things into your own hands. You want to be “too blessed to be stressed!” Flow in the Holy Spirit, and you’ll flow in the power if God. When God reveals something to you in His Word, Yield to it, obey Him. That’s what we mean by flowing. Being sensitive to the Holy Spirit and letting Him lead you.
Follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and don’t be so rigid! You say, “Well, we’ve got our own schedule. We watch a little TV on Sunday evening. We play games with the kids on Wednesday night. We sleep in late on Sunday morning. We fish in good weather and go camping and visiting relatives during the weekends on the in the summer. But, other than that, we love to say we’re flowing in the Holy Spirit!”
SOW. God wants you to sow. Plant your seed so you can harvest His blessings. To operate by faith in the area of your finances. Learn how to be a giver.
It costs money to spread the Gospel. It costs money for electric, heat, Bibles, Sunday school supplies, etc. ALL of it takes money! And, that’s God’s plan! That’s Jesus’ “acid test” of discipleship.
It’s the one sure way to discover if you’re still shackled by covetousness, still gripped by the love God and His work more than the things of this life. The Bible says that a covetous person is an idolater! That’s in Ephesians 5:5. It takes money to reach the lost.
Jesus said in Luke 6:36, “Give and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over shall men give unto your bosom.” God wants you to be blessed. God wants you to take that money that is so precious to you and invest it as a tithe and as a gift in the kingdom of God. Just the first little dime out of each dollar. That’s all He asks.
Did you know, you’ll follow your money? You’ll show up where you put your money? In the past, I had a neighbor, (new at the time), building a house. He went by regularly to just look at the house and you know why, because his money was there!
You say, “I have so much trouble making myself get up and go to church.” Put your money in it, and your body will follow! Jesus said, in Luke 12:34, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
These are the basics for God’s plan for you this year. God has so much that He wants to bring into your life this year. So, get up and get going for God. Begin to grow. Begin to flow. Begin to sow.
Do those things for God; and I’ll tell you, your whole life will begin to take on those traits. It’ll grow. It’ll go! It’ll flow! It’ll be a seed sown into the Kingdom of Heaven, and bear great fruit not only in THIS life, but in the life to come!