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Press in

By September 1st, 2023Uncategorized8 min read
Happy New Year, sis!
Please join me to give all glory to God for keeping us
through 2016. Bumps and all, we made it and we’re still standing simply by His
grace, mercies and favor. So many passed on just as the year turned sis, so I
hope your ‘Halleluyah’ is as loud as
mine as we bless the Lord for 2017. God is faithful, sis. In His infinite
mercies, He has seen fit to keep you and I in health and strength; and He has
held true to His promise to fulfill the number of our days. Our being here is not
for lack of the devil having tried otherwise sis, I can assure you. It is
simply of the Lord’s mercies that we were not consumed. Thank You Jesus!   
I had said to my son earlier today that it’s amazing just
how quickly January is already well on its way. His response was, ‘Actually the entire year is already over,
. I listened with a half-smile on my face as he spoke to the fact that
2016 had quite simply raced by and he could see this year progressing along with
the same velocity. I smiled because I understood that the discussion about 2017
and how fast it is moving along also holds an underlying significance for my
son. He turns 21 in a few months you see, officially then coming into his own
as a full legal adult. What I didn’t say to him, but which I thought to myself
as he spoke, is that of a truth, 2017 is a year when many of us will have to ‘come into our own’ – spiritually
speaking, if we are to experience the full measure of the things God has purposed
for us in this season of our lives. Spiritually speaking, the Lord has laid it
on my heart that 2017 will indeed be a significant year for those who will seek
Him in spirit and in truth on a higher level. It is a year when only the
spiritual adults will thrive, while those who still insist on operating on the
level of ‘milk’ will struggle.
Speaking of significance, it is on my heart to ask you to do
two things today, sis. First, can you take a look at your 2016 and ask yourself
what the most significant things, situations, relationships, etc that marked
the year for you were?  What were your
key learning’s and take-away’s sis? And more than anything else, as you
reflect, can you reflect on how God presented Himself through each of those
significant markers? Even if you didn’t see or feel Him when you were going ‘through’ any of the things you count as
your 2016 markers, are you now able to see and acknowledge that He was with you
in every situation? Even if you still can’t figure why you had to go through some
of the challenges you faced in 2016, can you trust that He is still doing something
in you and that He will also help you to discern, at the appropriate times,
what He needed you to learn or birth through every one of those experiences?
The second thing I would like you to do is to take some time
to ask yourself how you want to walk with God in 2017. Will it be same old,
same old? Or would you rather come up higher in Him? Methinks the world we are
in is breaking down at an alarming pace, sis. Those who will thrive in the
truest sense of the word as God defines it, will be those who press in…those
who understand that it is only from Him that we can receive the downloads for
how best to transact, thrive and abide in this season. Determine for yourself
what needs to change about your spiritual walk in 2017 sis, and as you do,
determine also the specific things you want the Lord to help you do in order to
see the fullness of the manifestation of the changes you desire.  
I ended 2016 on a very devastating note, and came into 2017
numbed by the enormity of challenges I found myself facing. And I can tell you
sis, that for the first few days of this year, it took everything in me to keep
my head up. But this is then also the beauty of having a deep personal relationship
with God, and of knowing who you are in Christ. I did and have been doing the
one thing I know of a certainty to do, sis. I pressed in, and as I did the Lord
spoke to me and calmed my spirit. This is why I am pressing on, and why I know I
will make it.
Among other things, He cautioned me not to take my eyes of Him
for a minute this year. The Lord said to me that ‘surrendered’ is the state of heart that will keep me in His victory
in 2017; that this is not a year where I should try to do battle by myself and
that I would not win if I do. He admonished me not to forget that He is my
ability always, and especially in this season. He reminded me that His Holy
Spirit is more than available to me, and that I must not do anything without
consulting with Him first. And He said that I must walk in a spiritual high –
in a place of spiritual elevation in 2017. He is still committed to speaking to
me on the go, but it is only if my spirit is attuned to His voice that I will
constantly hear Him with clarity.
It is on the strength of the understanding that my current struggles
all count for something greater for His glory, that I can stare at my storms
and still declare that 2017 will be a phenomenal year for me, no matter what. His
word is that all things work together for my good, and this I know well. But I also
know I have work to do. I have more spiritual meat to eat. I have more spiritual
‘coming into my own’ to do, so that I
will see the manifestation of my confession.
Sis, I don’t know how your year has kicked off, but whether
it started on a high or a low note is irrelevant. Can you please allow your
spirit receive the same counsel the Lord laid on my heart and purpose to do
life with Him at a deeper level in 2017? Sis, your spirit needs to be
surrendered so you can attain the spiritual elevation God desires for us to
ensure we thrive in this year. Can you please take some time to press in? As
you press in, can you take your focus off your wants, and rather ask God to show
you what He wants from you? Can you ask Him to give you spiritual eyes to see His
express purpose for your life in this season, and ask Him to show you how best
you can deliver new levels of glory to Him in 2017? Press in sis! Press in and don’t
stop. The Lord gave a word in December that He is looking for mobile
worshippers – those who will continuously carry His presence and deliver glory
to Him on the go. This is my heart’s cry for this year, and indeed the rest of
my life. Can you make it yours too?
The Lord will help us sis. He is daily helping me and He
will daily help you. As we seek His face and commit to doing His will, we will
indeed see His Kingdom come in our lives, and we will experience the fullness
of the rich lives He has called us to live on this earth. And so shall it be,
in Jesus name, amen.

Be blessed sis….. for you surely are!

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