CHRISTMAS GIFT FROM GOD
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
1 Timothy 2
8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting
I wish you a very happy and prosperous new year. I enjoy new things. If it is new, I like it. New clothes, new shoes, new suits, new, new, new I enjoy it. New things create in me a feeling of “never used before,” and therefore has a new smell to it, and l get to use the new thing for the first time. So it is with a new year to me. I have never been in it before; I can use it to my advantage or abuse it to my detriment.
Some people want new things because they are tired of what they have, some want a new life because they are tired of where they are spiritually, socially and economically.
These three areas are derived by several factors
- Exposure………creates images
- Thoughts…….. images create thoughts
- Destiny….where you are presently
If you do not like where you are
you need to change these things.
Am excited about the new year and I want to be careful not to abuse it. I don’t want to carry baggage in the new year. I want to get in the new year without a sense of the past and so l delve in it with a new attitude, I have never been here before, so I have to make the best of it. This is why, we pray and fast every year for 21 days to find God’s direction and wisdom, because we want to unveil what’s in it for us.
This is what those who came before us did.
The Prophetess Anna prayed and fasted
John the Baptist taught His disciples to pray
Jesus prayed 40/40 days and nights, The Church in Antioch prayed and fasted
What is prayer?
Prayer is communication with God. Fasting is abstaining from things that you normally do or enjoy in order to bring your body into subjection to spiritual things. It does not change Godin any way, it changes you. When we pray and fast, we are more susceptible to the things of God. How do we do it anyway?
In approaching prayer, we must do it with knowledge and understanding of God’s word. First we need to know the difference between the Old Testament, and New Testament Kinds of prayer. The Old Testament types of prayer cannot be used by the New Testament Church. This is because the Old Testament looked forward to the coming of the Messiah and His accomplishments, while the New Testament says, here is the Messiah.
In short, what was not done in the Old, is done in the New. There are many things that were not done in the Old Testament and are done in New Testament. So, we need to be careful in prayer not wasteour time in praying for things that have been already given. For example, the famous “prayer of Jabeth” cannot apply in the New Testament. We are already blessed.
During these 21 days of prayer and fasting, plan to come Tuesday to Friday, at 12:30 pm. We will also be learning how to pray,“Spirit led prayers”. You will never again pray for the sake of just praying, you will learn to pray correctly and accurately. Those are the prayers that get results. We want to start off this year
With knowledge and understanding of prayer. Don’t you miss any of it.