Each year I take the last few months of the year and begin seeking the Lord about the direction/ or “theme” if you will of the next year. As I began praying over 2014 I felt the Holy Spirit say that 2014 will be a year of victory for the Bible obeyer.
I began to ask specifically what areas of victory were referred to and the first thing I heard was victory over sin and temptation.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
We have been given the tools to overcome temptation, the truth is we just choose to give into it instead of fight against it.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Ephesians chapter six gives us the armor of God and James 1:14-15 tells us how temptation operates. 2014 will be a year of the believer rising up and taking hold of the truth that we don’t have to sin everyday but that those who are filled with the Spirit are no longer under the bondage of sin, Romans six says.
Along those same lines, 2014 will be a year of the Word. Our victory comes by the Word in our hearts and out our mouths. Jesus defeated the enemy by quoting the Word. Our situations change by the Word we speak, we either speak in line with God’s plan or the devils plan and we reap the results.
Proverbs 6:2 tells us we are snared by the Words of our mouth.
Proverbs 18:21 MSG “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”
2014 will be a year of the Christian getting into their Bible, knowing their Bible, and being able to quote their Bible! The only way we overcome temptation is by knowing the Word.
Part of knowing the Word is knowing who the Word (Jesus) says you are. 2014 will be a year for learning and knowing who you are in Christ.
2014 will be a year of victory specifically in finances, we are not bound to this worlds economy, God takes care of His children and we can know that even in the most difficult times that Proverbs 10:22 NLT declares “The blessing of the LORD makes a person rich and He adds no sorrow with it” The amplified Bible says, and toil does not increase it. While others outside of God’s economy (tithing and giving) are frustrated and fearful, we don’t have to be because we are under a different economy.
That does not mean we wont face hard times, it just means that God will bring us through them, take care of us while we are in them, and restore us on the other side of them.
For the Bible obeyer 2014 will be a year of victory! Notice for the Bible obeyer, we must walk obedient to the Lord to receive THE BLESSING of God.
As we go through 2014 we will take time to look at each of these things individually, we will kick off with the In Christ series to learn who we are and what we have through our inheritance with Christ.
We will do a holiness series to learn how to live and walk before God because it is those who walk holy who are able to dwell i the presence of God and be under His protection, Psalm 15 and Psalm 91 tells us.
We will do a series on spiritual warfare so we can know how to have the victory over the devil who is defeated.
2014 will be a great year packed with great truth, great victory, and great spiritual connections!
Father, we thank you for what you have in store for us in 2014, We thank you for victory, for a spirit of endurance, and a heart of trust, we thank you for the blessings that will manifest in 2014, we thank you for the tests and trials you will bring us through. We thank you for all your good plans for us and we ask that you help us to walk obediently and lovingly before you and help us to walk in love to those around us in Jesus name.