Monday, January 14, 2008

New Beginnings!

This is a significant and pivotal year! Where did that come from you ask? Well, I've been reflecting, reading, and praying a lot about the process to Christian maturity, and I am increasingly convinced that, for me, as indeed for many others, 2007 was a year of 'preparation.' Preparation for what? That's exactly the point. Boot camp typically doesn't prepare you for a specific battle, it just prepares you to be the most effective soldier when the need to go into battle arises. When God prepares us for battle, it implies that there is new ground to take, territories to 'conquer,' and lives to transform.

In the prophetic timetable of God, the number eight represents the number of new beginnings. So that you don't think this is some hocus-pocus, spiritually-weird, mumbo-jumbo, let me explain it like this: God created the heavens and the earth. The Bible tells us that He completed that process in seven days. The eighth day represented a new beginning for the world He had made. 2008 represents the eighth year in the new century. A new beginning. Whether or not you are given to believing in these types of prophetic pictures, I am deeply persuaded that God is up to something special in 2008. For this reason, among others, our church began a 21-day fast on January 2, 2008. We have set aside this time to seek His face, and to cry out for His will to be done in our lives, so that we will be fully prepared for whatever He has in store for us.

This season of waiting-on-Him in fasting and prayer, has created such a sense of expectation in me. I am enjoying an uncanny peace and sense of direction. I seem to have crystal clear clarity concerning my purpose and His leading. His voice rings like a mellifluous cello, playing its distinct chords on the strings of my heart, drawing me closer and closer to Him. That, is His primary purpose for us! That we may know Him, and the power of His resurrection.... If it worked for Daniel, Hananiah, Azariah and Mishael, then it sure as heck works for us. What do you sense 2008 holds in store for you and for the Body of Christ?


Hope said...

This is my year of accomplishment. He will accomplish great things through me this year. It's my year of "coming out". 2007 was my year of preparation (no doubt about it). Preparation time is never wasted time. I can't wait to see what He's about to do and how He's growing me and growing in me.

Ms Harkins said...

I have a feeling that 2008 will be a positive year down here. The energy that flows around is very positive, too.

Liked the picture you posted.