THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW
Happy New Year Everyone! Thank God for allowing us to see a new year. Yes, I’ve heard how 2016 has taken its toll on a lot of people and how they were happy to see it go. I looked at 2016 as a year of purging (to rid of whatever is impure or undesirable; cleanse; purify), as well as birthing (the act or process of bearing or bringing forth), and entered 2017 with great expectations. This is a new year, and I pray you entered it with great expectations as well, looking to grab hold of everything God has for you, leaving all the drama, disappointments, negativity, bad decisions, and any other baggage in the previous year.
If you haven’t already taken the time to do a shift in your thinking and entered this year with a new attitude and expectations, now is the time. Shift your attitude into “Worship” (Psalms 95:6), your negativity into “Praise” (Psalms 150:6), your complaints into “Thankfulness” (Psalms 69:30), your doubts into “Expectations” (Jeremiah 29-11:13), your worry into “Faith” (Matthew 21:21), your hurts into “Peace” (Isaiah 26:3), your disappointments into “Joy” (John 15:11), and what happened in your past to “That was Then” (2 Corinthians 5:17), and what you are expecting now to “This is Now” (Proverbs 18:21).
Often we say to one another, “walk into the new year or season expecting,” well I am telling you to “run” into it!!! Run into it with praise and worship, looking to get closer to Christ, going deeper in His Word, walking closer to Him, being more committed to Him, and totally surrendering yourself to His will. Run, looking for all that God has for you during this season, believing what He has promised you will be manifested. Run and get your promotion, your healing, your new business, your deliverance, your breakthrough, your elevation, etc., while giving all glory and honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Run and get everything God has for you, while keeping your eyes on Him.
That was then, this is now. It’s a new year and a new season, now run!