“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 1:3 NKJV)
God’s plan from eternity was to create man who would be in dominion and in charge of the expansion and extension of the invisible Kingdom of God in a visible world (Gen. 1:28). It was never the plan of God that we should be dominated, oppressed or put under bondage. We were created to dominate. He came to redeem us back to God’s original agenda (Gal. 4:4-5). Jesus came to set us free from every yoke and disadvantage (Luke 4:18). For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17).
As the year 2016 comes to an end and as we reflect on the past months, we would realize that the level of success attained by us today, in relation to where we were created to be (Eph. 2:10), is a factor of our knowledge and understanding of the revelation of the word of God as it concerns our lives, that is, the thoughts of God. Did we ever see ourselves in 2016 as God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He had prepared beforehand that we should work in them?
In 2016, did we attend church just because we wanted the pastor to pronounce a word of blessing over our lives in order to make us feel insured or was it to be entertained by the comedians that were invited to make us feel happy and laugh in church? In God’s presence is fullness of joy (Ps. 16:11).
God’s plan is for us to be free from the bondage of poverty, fear, sickness etc and that we might not only have life, but have it more abundantly (John 10:10). Have we chosen to have life? In 2016, did we access the power of God which was available to transform us into sons of God (Gal. 4:1).
Whatever the challenges we went through in 2016, did we know that the solution could be found in the word of God? For God has magnified His word above all His name (Ps. 138:2). The word of God is spirit and they are life (John 6:63). Jesus came to give us peace, hope, assurance, boldness. As long as Christ is in us (Col. 1:27), the challenging times we are passing through is only for a season.
As the year comes to an end, we must remain focused and steadfast. We must not be moved by what we hear or see around us (2 Cor. 4:18), for God’s promises concerning us will still come to pass. The end of a thing is better than its beginning (Eccl. 7:8), for with God nothing shall be impossible (Luke 1:37).