The New Year (1)
“You have crowned the year with Your bounty.” Ps 65:11 NAS
One Bible teacher says: “Like most people you’ve probably made New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, exercise, eat better…and improve your life. But did you know that the desire to improve your life with each New Year started in the heart of God? David said, ‘You have crowned the year with Your bounty, and Your paths drip with fatness.’ In Bible times ‘fatness’ was considered a sign of material success. Moses sent twelve spies in to scout out the Promised Land and report back on whether it was ‘fat or lean.’ They brought back word saying that it ‘flowed with milk and honey’ (See Nu 13:26-27). The land was so fruitful that it took two men to carry one cluster of grapes! So what will it take for you to experience God’s blessing this coming year? Note the words crowned, bounty, and paths. In the same way a crown encircles your head, this year you can be surrounded by God’s bountiful goodness. But you must walk in His ‘paths’ throughout the year, because only His paths ‘drip with fatness.’ You can’t expect success if you’re not willing to walk in close fellowship with Him every day…‘I will make them and the places round about My hill a blessing…there shall be showers of blessing [of good insured by God’s favor]’ (Eze 34:26 AMP). The places around God’s habitation will be showered with blessing and goodness; so…stay close to God each day of this year.”
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Let the fast begin
Praise God! I just read your new year teaching and was really touched by the verse you quoted in Ezekiel 34:25. I am claiming this blessing upon myself and the church I pastor for 2017 and until Jesus comes! I am asking the Lord to break the bands that prevent myself and our church from being the blessing He desires and has planned for us, that He will take down the sign "Ichabod" from our doorpost and replace it with "Blessing"! That all who even step on His property where our church is located will be blessed for having come that way and every where we go we will carry God's blessing with us and each time we meet, Jesus will shower us with the blessing of His presence! What a wonderful prophecy the Lord gave Ezekiel, I believe it is for us today and claim it for us now! God bless, happy new year and may the Lord fulfill this promise in your ministry this year as well!