“But now take another look. I’m going to give this city a thorough renovation, working a true healing inside and out. I’m going to show them life whole, life brimming with blessings. I’ll restore everything that was lost to Judah and Jerusalem. I’ll build everything back as good as new. I’ll scrub them clean from the dirt they’ve done against me. I’ll forgive everything they’ve done wrong, forgive all their rebellions. And Jerusalem will be a center of joy and praise and glor
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” (John 16:33 AMPC) Be still. Don't move. Storm time is not a time of movement. Where you were before the storm hit is where you need to be a
“What then shall we say to [all] this? If God is for us, who [can be] against us? [Who can be our foe, if God is on our side?]” (Romans 8:31 AMPC) People have agenda's, some open and some hidden, and people love with conditions. We're human and we're flawed. No matter what God always wants our best and He will show us how to get to, "All things work together for good....,” (Romans 8:28), in our situations. All we have to do is go to Him. “But no weapon that is formed against
Let’s decide, with the help of the Holy Spirit, that 2022 will be a year that we will: “Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32 MSG) In 2022 let’s keep our eyes on the eternal and not the temporary: “So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temp
As you continue setting, and evaluating, goals remember not to spend too much time in bitterness when you see the wicked flourishing! When you see wicked people flourishing, do not become frustrated and angry, realizing that God will ultimately reward you for our faithfulness. Don’t let what it seems like cause you to be distracted. God sees everything. Press forward and run your race. In Psalm 37 David points out what will eventually happen to those who consistently reject G
Declare that 2022 will be the year that Christians believe they can come boldly to God and share what's on our hearts. Let this be a goal you set for this year, and then do everything possible to live it out. “Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So le
“It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].” (Deuteronomy 31:8 AMPC) In 2022 we can be assured that, as believers, God is with us, and He will not abandon us. No matter what is going on in our lives we can have this confidence, God is for me. God is for you. This is God's p
What delight comes to those who follow God’s ways! They won’t walk in step with the wicked, nor share the sinner’s way, nor be found sitting in the scorner’s seat. Their pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in his true revelation of light. (Psalm 1:1-2 TPT) As you continue setting goals for 2022 consider your choices, how you make them. Psalms 1 is a reminder to believers about how to make choices and to be anchored in Jesus,
One of the most important goals you can have for 2022 is to develop a stronger, more productive faith life. Everything God does for you, or requires from you, is grounded in faith. What you believe is what will manifest in your life. Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith [your trust and confidence in My power and My ability to heal] it will be done to you.” (Matthew 9:29 AMPC) The more you hear the Word the stronger your faith will become. "So then fait
Knowing who you are in Christ is the foundation for standing strong in the face of adversity. In your goals for 2022 include the "I Am's" in Christ and walk in them. “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT) I AM: Created in His image (Genesis 1:27) God’s masterpiece created with purpose to do great works for the Kingdom (Ephesians 2:10) Fearfully and wonderfully made (
In 2022 determine to make a quality decision to trust God's timing in everything you do. “All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.” (Job 14:14b KJV) Waiting requires trust. You have to believe what you’re waiting for is going to happen. God promises an appointed time. The Lord set a [definite] time, saying, “Tomorrow the Lord will do this thing in the land.” (Exodus 9:5 AMPC) You are the vessel. The birth takes place in God's timing and in His way.
"Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety." (Proverbs 11:14 AMPC) As you continue considering and fine-tuning goals for 2022 remember to include how you process life’s challenges. You cannot go to just anyone for insight and direction. Who you are connected to can either catapult you into your destiny or derail you. Godly connections are critical. "Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not
Just say that every time you're asked to start something, be a part of something:
Then ask yourself:
Is it beneficial?
Will it help me accomplish what God is calling me to do?
Remember it can be a good thing but if it's not a God thing you don't need to be involved! Good things can become distractions from God things. Then distractions can become detours from God things.
One of the best things you can do is to set boundaries so you're focuse
I was asked a very good question a couple of years ago about friends that’s worth revisiting: Have you ever found that you have friends in your life, but realize that you have outgrown them? If so, how did you deal with that? Maybe you’ve had this question also. As you’re looking at 2022 and making goals, know that your relationships are important. I talked about this in my last two posts on Divine Connections. I hope this answer helps you. When common interests change the re
I know I touched on personal relationships, divine connections yesterday. This topic is so important I want to visit it again today. As you continue setting 2022 goals continue to examine your connections. Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” (I Corinthians 15:33 AMPC) "It is God's pleasure to connect you with people who can take you deeper in your relationship with Him, and as a result, push you further toward your destiny." (Dr. Cindy Trimm - Reclaim Your
As you continue setting goals for 2022 take a moment to consider personal relationships because who you are connected to matters. Both Psalm 1 and Psalm 27 give clear instructions on how the righteous are to live, who they are to associate with, and what they can expect from God when they choose His way. They remind you that you must choose who you go to for wisdom, insight, and advice. How can an unbeliever give insight or wisdom to a believer when they don’t have common gro
“And your ears will hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way; walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21 AMPC) You are 11 days into the New Year. How are you doing on setting your goals? As you listen to God's voice in creating your goals remember God's love for us. Let 2022 be the year that you never forget just how much God loves you: “May the Master take you by the hand and lead you along the path of God’s love and Chri
"I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for." (Jeremiah 29:10b-11 MSG) Would you get in your car to drive to another state that you have never been to before without a map, GPS, or written directions? Would you waste your time and your gas driving aimlessly? Would you ever get where you wanted to go when you began
As you consider resolutions, changes you would like to make, make them anchored in the Word. Doing this will greatly increase your chance for success while impacting others. Remember, it's not just about you! You are here for a purpose so walk in it boldly! “But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall
Consider some resolutions, changes that are anchored in the Word. This will not only impact you, but it will then impact everyone you come in contact with. You must change your perspective! In 2022 keep your eyes on the eternal and not the temporary: “So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.” (II