Dear readers, Happy New Year!
Many looked for the end of 2012 to start afresh in 2013. For some, 2012 was full of mistakes, sorrows and tears while for others it was one full of blessings, joy and breakthroughs. Regardless of what happened last year, what you do at the beginning of this year will determine how the rest of the year will go. So I ask, “what manner of (wo)MAN will you be this year?
Often when we think of a person who touched the very heart of God, we think of King David; the great psalmist who penned some of the most heart-felt verses in the Bible. This famous King was once a shepherd boy in the backyard of the desert, where no one took notice of him and yet from that place he was able to touch God’s heart such that God said of him, “‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’” [Acts 13:22, NIV]. In the Message translation it says “I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’’ [Acts 13:22, THE MSG].
When you read the account of King David’s life you can see that it was riddled with poor choices, disappointments and sometimes grief due to some of the choices that he made, and yet even at the end of his life God still called him a man after His own heart. One thing God knew about King David was that he could be counted on by God to do what God wanted him to do; he was obedient to the voice of God even till he died.
Just like King David and Apostle Paul, there are days that we say, “What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise.” [Romans 7:14, THE MSG]. Yet, unlike King Saul who made excuses for his mistakes and tried to justify them, King David had a repentant heart before God when his faults were pointed out to him [Psalms 39, Psalms 51]. King David had a open heart before God and made himself naked before his Maker. He would ask God to “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” [Psalm 139:23-24, NLT].
It is not easy to make your self vulnerable to anyone. How much more rendering yourself spiritually naked before God and asking Him to show you your flaws? This requires that you put aside every form of pride and present yourself “just as you are” before the One who created you; your flaws, your shortcomings and your weakness. You do this because you know that “… God’s “grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.” [1 Corinthians 12:9a, AMP]. You also put aside pride because you know that, “He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [continually] to the lowly (those who are humble enough to receive it).” [James 4:6, AMP].
In 2013, what you need in order to make it through is the grace and the favor of God. His grace and favor makes available the strength you need in order to overcome trials. His grace and favor puts a new song on your lips each morning even when you don’t have a reason to. Above all, His grace and favor opens the flood-gates of heaven to pour down His bountiful blessings upon you each and everyday.
But it starts with you! What will you choose to be this year? Will you be one who despite all flaws, will be open and honest before God and before man? Will you seek to dwell in the courts of God and say “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere;I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” [Psalm 84:10, NIV]. Would you be easily entreated by the Holy Spirit and have a repentant heart when your faults are pointed out? Would you be counted on by God to do what He wants you to do? Would you walk in faith, hope and love? Would you be salt and light of the world? Would you go into the world and preach the Gospel? Would you go and be a minister of reconciliation for the lost? Would your heart beat to God’s heart beat?
This year I challenge you, what manner of (wo)man will you be?