Too many of us have settled for what we have instead of what God has promised us. The seeds of discouragement and hopelessness through the many disappointments of this past year have clouded our hearts and minds.
Many of us have given up on expecting more than what we already have from God.If this relates to you; here are a few simple things you can do this New Year that will jump-start your faith in God's promises again.
1. Remind yourself that God's delay is not God's denial. He has a set and appointed time for every promise that you believe Him for to be fulfilled in your life. Notice I said, believe Him for. All of God's promises are yes and so be it. But the only way to receive them is to believe that His promises are yours; even though you can't see them at that moment.
So, no matter what the circumstances may be saying to you in your life; remind yourself that God has an appointed and set time for His word to come to pass. Keep on believing and expecting..... for the best is yet to come!
2. Guard your spirit from hopelessness and discouragement. As your born again spirit goes, so goes your destiny. God starts and finishes all of His works in your life inside your spirit. Unfortunately, most of us pay very little attention to what goes on in our spirit.
Proverbs 4:23 says (I am paraphrasing), "if you don't guard what gets into your spirit with all diligence; it will hinder how much God is able to work His miracle power in your life".
Allowing seeds of hopelessness and discouragement to enter your spirit-man (or spirit-woman) will weaken you and hinder what God wants to do in you. As your spirit goes..... so goes your life. The enemy is always looking to sow fear, hopelessness and discouragement into your spirit.
In this New Year; make it your priority to guard your spirit by being aware of what you and other people are sowing into it. Remember, as your spirit goes so goes your life.
3. Refuse to write off your losses. When David was watching his father's sheep; a lion attacked the flock and carried off one of the lambs in his mouth. David went after the lion. He didn't just say, "Oh well, that lion probably has torn the lamb to shreds, it's too late." (1 Samuel 17:35)
Yes, it's Satan's intention to steal, kill and destroy, but God held the lion's mouth closed so David was able to kill the lion and rescue the lamb. Just because it's out of your sight and in the lion's mouth doesn't mean it's lost!
Jesus said the gates of hell will not prevail against you. God has your blessing in storage, waiting for you to receive it. God's promise this New Year is, "You're going to get it back!"
Some of you will get a job restored, or a marriage renewed, or a second chance to go back to school or your children will be set free from the enemy's grip, etc.