Grace and peace to you and yours in this new year of 2024. The Lord has graciously kept us this past year, and our hearts are full of praise and thanks for His faithfulness, provision, and love.
He is truly our GOOD Father. He loves you, and His plans for you are GOOD. "O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." (Psalm 34:8) I would encourage you to listen to our series called "The Goodness of God." (Click the Featured Series box on the website.) In it, we share this simple but powerful truth: God is good and only does good; the devil is bad and does bad all the time. They never work together. Millions do not know or believe this, but we do! God is GOOD!
Over the past several months, Phyllis and I have been seeking the Lord for direction on the best way to redeem our time, using our remaining time here on the earth to accomplish all that the Lord would use us to do. At our Week of Increase meeting last fall, we shared that He has directed us to "step up." When you step up, when you go up higher, your vision changes. You see things you didn't see before. And your reach increases. You can reach things you couldn't reach before.
So how do you "step up"? How do you redeem the time? You have to understand what the will of the Lord is, and then you have to be filled with the Spirit. I feel I've received specific direction from the Lord concerning this, which I shared with our churches recently. If your heart's desire is to "step up" and fully follow and fulfill His will and plan, I encourage you to set aside time to do three things.
|Read Psalm 23 and Psalm 91 over and over, hundreds of times, in these coming months. Don't try to memorize them--that is mental, and that isn't what you want. Read, listen to, and say them over and over, until it comes out of you without thinking. Why the Psalms? We know they are anointed.
|The Scripture talks about "the hour of prayer." (Acts 3:1) I want to encourage you, at least once a week, to spend an hour of uninterrupted prayer in other tongues. Why? Because the Holy Spirit will help you pray what you don't know concerning the will of God.
|If you want to get filled with the Spirit, sing Psalm 146 through Psalm 150. These are songs of praise, and you will minister to the Lord by the same spirit that David ministered to Him.
The Lord will honor your desire to find and fulfill His will. As we enter this new year, I am persuaded that He has GOOD things for us all! We are so thankful for your faith, prayer, and support for us. You are precious in His sight and ours!
Laborers together with you,