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Here we are already at the end of 2018…the year of Great Beginnings!
If you received my Partner letter at the beginning of the year you will recall how we looked at Isaac who had encountered famine, and following his father Abraham’s example, he was heading for Egypt. In a town called Gerar, God intervened and commanded him to stay in that land and the Lord would bless him. We see in Genesis 26:12-13,
Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. 13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.
I wrote this paragraph in that letter:
“Remember our promise, Great Beginnings. Sometimes people become discouraged because they have not seen the promise of God in great manifestation. But I can guarantee you that God has begun to prosper you. The key is to stay consistent. Through our faithfulness to His Word and His commitment to His covenant with us through Jesus Christ we will continue prospering. And as long as we continue prospering, we too will become very prosperous.”
The initial key is TO BEGIN. Some miracles are immediate and huge! Think about the Red Sea opening in front of the children of Israel. Other manifestations may take some time. Remember the time that Jesus cursed the fig tree and it withered away overnight. Sometimes it takes time for seeds to germinate and grow.
So, I want to encourage you with the key mentioned in the quote from January’s letter…STAY CONSISTENT.
I can think of so many bad examples in my life where, when I look back, it is now obvious that the Lord was preparing me for great harvest and through a bad decision on my part, or impatience, or ignorance I did something that stopped the “continued prospering” process.
It is so important to recognise that when the Lord gives us a promise for the year, it does not mean that on the 31st December it suddenly comes to an end. Rather, recognise that He was preparing us for the next step forward.
The Great Beginnings has begun…and will continue!
I have heard so many testimonies coming in of how the Lord has begun a work in so many people’s lives. Look what Paul wrote to his partners in Philippians 1:3-6,
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, 5 for your fellowship [partnership] in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
I have prayed this over my Partners. He has begun the work in you…now keep rejoicing in faith. Even when at times it seems to get really difficult, lift your hands and your voice and shout out loud, “My God has begun the good work in me and will complete it. I receive it in the Name of Jesus!”
Now, I know how the enemy works…he wants to try and get you to think about all the bad things that happened this year. We are NOT going to tolerate that from him!
I encourage you…take a sheet of paper and beginning in January 2018, write down all the times that you witnessed God moving in your life. The times that He has healed you. Moments when He made sure somebody gave you something. When you received a great revelation that changed and grew your relationship with Him. Moments when you know that was no one else but God. Every time you saw God move in the smallest of ways.
You will be amazed at how many great things you have to rejoice in this year.
Now lift that list up to God and give Him thanks and praise.
Remember Ecclesiastes 7:8,
The end of a thing is better than its beginning.
Your best is yet to come!
We love you dearly and pray for you every day.
Remember, Life is a choice…Choose Life!