It is now the year of 2020. Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, we have an exciting year ahead of us. We serve a good God to lead us through this new year! On New Years' night, I prayed that my wife's cancer would still be under control. January 8, 2020, her CAT Scan came back, and her cancer is STILL VERY MUCH under control. Praise God! Brothers and Sisters, let us start the New Year with a good prayer life. "Watch, therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:36)
This year don't let your mind and spirit stay or turn dull by careless living. Follow the things that God wants you to pursue, such as developing a closer relationship with Him; start a ministry that meets a critical need in your community; or increase praying together with other people. Be ready to move at God's command. When you proceed in God's power, you trust God to go before you. When you are spending time in prayer, you are building your relationship with God. Colossian 4:2 bids us to "Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. Keep a careful watch for possible danger and difficulties. Brothers and Sisters, in this year of 2020 we will face trials, Paul says we should "devote" ourselves to prayer.
We must be persistent in our faith and know that God answers our prayer, even when we feel that the stresses of this world complicate praying. Obtain a devotional that you can read. Yield to the Holy Spirit, who helps you communicate with God through reading His Word and praying. God is always present, always listening, and always answering. The answer may not be in ways you would have hoped, but He'll answer. Most of all, we want God's will to be done in our lives, and Jesus knows what best for us. " Cast all your worries and cares on him because He cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (2 Peter 5:7-8)
In 2020 trust God fully; in those stressful times and daily struggles, recognize that God cares. Admit your need and then let others in God's family help you. Brothers and Sisters, allowing God to have your anxieties, is a call for action, not passivity. Don't submit to the circumstance but to the Lord, who controls the condition.
So start today, keep your eyes on Christ, and resist the devil. Then, says James 4:7, "...he (the devil) will flee from you.
God Bless you and have victory in 2020.
Filled with the Holy Ghost, Minister Douglas W. Pompey, is committed to serving God. Whereas his walk with Christ began in January 1993, he took on leadership roles with vigor in the Christian faith in 2000. While serving as Deacon and Steward, Minister Pompey faithfully taught the Word of God at two historical community churches, one in South Haven, Michigan, and the other in Cassopolis, MI.