Theme scripture – Heb 12:2, Matt 14:28-30, Isa 54:2-3
As we approach the end of the Year of Triumph, it is important that we consolidate on all our gains recorded over the past months. We have achieved so much success in the area of soul winning, financial and material prosperity, spiritual advancement and the Lord has been gracious to us.
This is not the time to slow down or give up on the goals we set for ourselves for the year. FINISH STRONG!
This is the time to be even more focused. It is the time to mount up with wings and fly gallantly to the finishing line for the year.
1. STAY FOCUSED ON THE MASTER
It is possible that you started the year on a great note but somehow you might be experiencing some challenges right now. You might even be wondering if you will finish the year strong as you planned at the beginning of the year.
In Matthew 14:28-30, Peter walked on water to meet Jesus because he had faith in the Master’s words.
The moment he took his eyes off Jesus, he saw the boisterous winds and raging waves and began to sink. He kept struggling to keep afloat but to no avail: he was drowning in spite of his efforts. Quickly, he cried out to Jesus for help and the Master pulled him afloat!
Now, notice that the issue here was not the boisterous winds (as the wind was present all the time they saw Jesus walking on the water). The issue was that Peter took his gaze off Jesus and began to look at the boisterous winds and that was when he began to sink.
The challenges you might be experiencing right now is not a factor as a child of God. Jesus said, Cheer up for I have already overcome (John 16:33).
The real issue is when you take your focus off the master and concentrate on the challenges!
Refuse to look at the challenge, instead fix your gaze on Jesus and you will not sink – Author and Finisher of our faith (Heb 12:2)!
2. LET THE WORD DWELL IN YOU RICHLY
The importance of God’s Word in your life cannot be over-emphasized. How do you increase the influence of God’s Word in your life?
Firstly, you must allow God’s thoughts that come to you when you study or listen to His Word dominate your thinking.
(Prov 23:7) – 7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Secondly, you must allow God’s Word gain ascendency (dominate, take a hold) over your mind.
2 Cor 3:17-18). –
17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Before long, and without any effort on your part, it will pave your way and chart your course into what it’s talking about. It will bring into your life the people, money, materials, circumstances, etc. that are consistent with its message IN you.
3. KEEP GROWING: DON’T STOP HERE
The story of the Prophet Elisha and the Joash the King of Israel is a very touching yet interesting one. The King had the opportunity to completely destroy Israel’s enemies (the Syrians), but he struck the ground three times and stayed. The Prophet was angry as the King should have struck the ground more than three times. The King’s action cost the nation Israel their peace after a season!
2 Kings 13:14-19
19KJV:And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.
No matter what you have achieved so far this year, there is room for more, there is room to enlarge the place of your habitation; there is room for you to lengthen your cords and room for you to strengthen your stakes. Don’t stop here, keep expanding and you shall break forth on every side! (Isa 54:2-3)