5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD BE EXCITED ABOUT 2023!
1. NEW SEASONS MEAN NEW BEGINNINGS! "Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to the things of old. Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming." Isaiah 43:18,19 Have you watched how God is always making things new? He makes us new creations in Christ. He gives fresh mercies each day. He gave us the son and moon and a calendar of time to measure new times and seasons. He will make a new heaven and a new earth. He loves to make things new! And He loves to enjoy what He has created and accomplished! When He created the world and all that is in it, at the end of each day He looked at what He had made and He said "It is good." Take a little time to review your accomplishments in 2022. What things did you do well? How did you grow through the ups and downs in the past year? Then bless those things that you did well and enjoy your successes. As for things you may remember that you did not do well, ask God for forgiveness for what needs to be forgiven and ask Him for His wisdom and help to grow. Allow His blood to cover those things. And then move forward into a new year and a new beginning! "Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to the things of old. Behold, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming." Isaiah 43:18,19 2. 2023 IS A TIME OF AWAKENING! "Now I’ll listen carefully for your voice and wait to hear whatever you say." Psalm 84:8 TPT Can you hear the calling and the wooing of Holy Spirit, drawing you into closer times with God? He loves you and has so much to share with you. He also wants to hear your heart as much as you want to hear His. How can you grow your relationship with God this year? Open up His word and read it daily and get used to His voice through the word. Read a Proverbs and a chapter of the New Testament each day. Write down what you learned from what you read. And listen while you write. He is speaking to you. What is He saying to you? What is He showing you, teaching you? Make a note of it and engage with Him about it. Meditate on this throughout the day and be aware of His presence with you. "Now I’ll listen carefully for your voice and wait to hear whatever you say." Psalm 84:8 TPT 3. 2023 IS A YEAR OF INCREASE! “The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.” Genesis 26:13 NKJV God is an abundant God and has sooo much more for you this year! I heard the Lord say, “You have seen how I replenish, now you will see how I increase.” We've seen in the past two years how God has brought replenishment and blessing through Genesis 26:12. It has been so exciting to hear all the testimonies! Just recently one of our partners was sharing how money is replenishing in their bank accounts. As they use money in their account "somehow" their bank balance keeps topping up! Thank You Jesus! Now, in 2023, God is saying He has more for us! Just as the 5 loaves and 2 fish got replenished, then increased, then multiplied to fill twelve baskets full of leftovers, so God will be bringing increase and multiplication to your gifts, talents, favour, wisdom, opportunities, finances, health and wealth. He's moving us into Genesis 26:13, “The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.” (NKJV) or as it says in the NASB version, “and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy.” Offer to God what you have, your firstfruits offerings, your availability, your skills, etc., and let Him cause it to grow, replenish, increase and multiply. 4. 2023 IS A YEAR OF ADVANCEMENT! “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 2023 is a year of moving forward, of advancing into all God has for you – all He has called and purposed for you to be and to do; all the things He has promised for you! Get excited about all He has for you in this year! Become very clear about where you are headed and take steps to move forward and advance in your personal growth, your goals, assignments, calling and purpose. Don’t hold back – now is the time to grow and advance into all you are called to be and to do and to possess. Just as Joshua was appointed to lead Israel into what God had promised them so God is calling you into your calling and promises. (Read Chapter 1 of Joshua to encourage yourself in all God has for you!) “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 5. 2023 IS A YEAR FOR WINNING BATTLES! “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 This year is a year of victories! Victories come from winning battles! There will be battles to fight, things to overcome, but God's wisdom, grace and strength will be fuelling you for the victory! Be dressed in readiness. Be dressed to win. Clothe yourselves in the armour of God. Spend time in worship to God and in the Word so you can know God’s will and decree His truth. Increase your authority in the spirit by living in righteousness. Walk in love. Avoid the traps of getting offended. Our battle is not flesh and blood. We battle principalities and powers of darkness. Our weapons of praise, the Word, righteousness and love are powerful for pulling down the darkness and opposition around us. “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 NLT “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.” 2 Corinthians 10:4
Be dressed in readiness, in the full armour of salvation, truth and righteousness and go forth in the grace and power of God! Advance and receive all the increase He has for you in your promised land this year!
“May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed. May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers.” Psalms 20:4-5 NLT
Happy New Year!!
Contributor: Jane Watrich