Happy New Year. Welcome to 2020!
What will happen this year? What does the future hold? We won’t know every detail, but I believe God wants to show us, His church, a vision of what is ahead in this new year. 20/20 vision means your eyes are sharp and you are able to focus and see what is ahead of of you. Jesus promised us that He would give us glimpses of what we need to know for 2020.
John 16:13 (NLT) When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.
If we are connected to the Holy Spirit, Jesus promised us that He would show us the future. Praise God. But if that’s going to happen, we have to position ourselves to hear from Him. There is a portion of scripture that I’ve heard preached on many times when it comes to vision for a new year.
Habakkuk 2:2 (NKJV) Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make [it] plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
Most of the time I’ve heard this explained that you need to write your vision down. When things are written down they begin to take substance. This is good and I believe in writing your vision. But we need to read verse 1 to get the total picture of what God is saying here.
Habakkuk 2:1 (NKJV) I will stand my watch And set myself on the rampart, And watch to see what He will say to me, And what I will answer when I am corrected.
Before you write down the vision God is saying to you in verse 2, you have to do what He says in verse 1, which include:
1. Stand your watch. (Pray)
2. Set yourself on a rampart. (A wall, or a place of prayer.)
3. Listen to what He tells you.
4. Then make corrections to do what God tells you to do.
This is talking about dedicating time to God. Sharpening your ear to what He speaks to you Then we need to do what He says. James 1:22 tells us not to be just a hearer, but a doer of the Word. When we are doers we will be blessed in everything we do!
In our church here in OKC we have 21 days of fasting and prayer in the first part of January. You can fast in different ways, but the important thing is during the fast you need to spend extra time in prayer and getting into God’s Word.
Trudi spoke to the church about the importance of prayer last week. She said this, “Fasting without prayer is just a diet.”
I encourage you to spend extra time with the Lord this month. Open your heart to Him. He promised if you would He would “show you the future.”
As I was preparing to preach this last weekend, this is what the Lord put in my spirit about the new year…
“Change and challenges. 2020 will be a year of change and challenges. In the political realm, in the world, and in my church. Change and challenges. But for those who are prepared… when the challenges come, you will experience great triumph over every one if you’re willing to make the changes that are presented you.”
We want to thank you for your partnership, both spiritually and financially with this ministry. We pray that your 2020 will be one of clear vision and breakthroughs in all you do.
We love you, Ken and Trudi