Sunday, 11 January 2009

10 Tips to Finish the Year

1. Stop Fighting
Proverbs 20:3. It is honourable for a man to stop striving. Since any fool can start a quarrel.

Quit fighting because even an idiot can draw you to a fight. Instead of having the last word in everything or speaking the loudest, choose to avoid it all cost. God has commanded the blessing when we walk and live in unity. Don't miss out on His hand working in our lives when we choose to walk in love and not strife.

2. Give Your Faith A Voice
II Corinthians 4:13. "And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, 'I believed and therefore I spoke,' we also believe and therefore speak.

With the seed of faith implanted in every believer, they need nurture it and allow it to grow from strength to strength. One way to do it is to declare it. That's why it is said, "Let the weak say I am strong. Let the poor say I am rich." It is an affirmation to the faith seed plated by God to grow. Why uproot it by convincing yourself you're not worthy of His blessing? Make it a habit everyday to declare the workings of His blessing in your life.

3. All Things Are Possible.
Luke 18: 27. "What is impossible with men is possible with God"

There would be many things playing in our minds such as the state of the economy, fuel prices, inflation etc. The papers sells bad news every day and we are so consumed by it. Read the bible, its all Good News. With God, all things are possible! He has not stopped helping His people, people stopped seeking Him. Have an attitude of gratitude for what we have and declare everyday that with God all things are possible. Expect Him to pour out his favour and be amazed at His work in your lives.

4. He Meets Your Needs.
Philippians 4:19. "God will supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus.

Sit back and relax for He has promised to supply our needs. How much more clearer can this Words be? Which part of ALL don't we understand? In fact in Malachi God has promised to open the windows of heaven and pour out His abundant blessings. Remember its just a window and it also says we will not be able to contain it. Can you imagine if God had opened the doors of Heaven instead? This entire universe would be straining to hold back His provisions. Have that faith and praise Him always, He's waiting to demonstrate His faithfulness toward His people.

5. Willing Obedience

Isaiah 1: 19. "If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land."

Not only God is seeking obedience, He's looking for our willingness in our obedience. In other words, He seeks our sincerity in our submission to His authority. Yes, He sees the heart and it matters to Him if we are obedient because we have to or we want to. He promises the good of the land or in other words, abundance and prosperity.

6. Love The Word
Psalm 119:165. Great peace have those who love Your law and nothing shall causes them to stumble.

Absolutely all our needs in life is found in God's Word - Healing, Peace, Joy, Provision etc. However our life may be in right now, He gives peace to those who love the law; God's law. Applying His laws in our lives and heart, we will be rewarded and not depressed or restless. After all, when the world goes one way, believers go the opposite way, according to God's way.

7. Perfect Love
I John 4:18. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear.

God's love is perfect and there is no fear. Because we are special to Him, we don't need to do anything more to make Him love us more. Jesus demonstrated His perfect love by dying for us. God is telling us today and everyday to receive His perfect love and to live our lives in happiness.

8. Don't Worry

Matthew 6:27. "Who of you by worrying can add a single cubit to his stature"

In other words, don't worry be happy! Worry steals precious moments in our lives that cannot be lived again. It robs the peace and happiness. God tells us not to worry because He wants us to live in peace. Before His peace can flood our lives, we need to stop being anxious about anything. Be comforted by His Word and live our lives in faith, happiness and peace. Let God do His wonderous work in the background.

9. His Grace is Enough
II Corinthians 12:9. "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness".

Those are pretty strong words. Especially when we realise that grace is His favour that is not earned. He sends the rain to the just and the wicked, He loves us all. Therefore, He says His grace is enough to sustain us. All He asks is humility, to acknowledge that He's the boss and He knows exactly what it is He does. And His grace is goodness and is meant to radiate from us to all. When we allow this to happen, we will see a phenomenal change in our lives because we are letting His grace flow through and with this steady stream, expect more goodness.

10. He Knows Our Works
Revelation 3:8. "I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My work, and have not denied My name."

God's work in our lives is of course governed by the way we live our lives. He has not stopped caring for us and is always present. As we are steadfast in Him, uphold His laws and proclaim Him, He will intervene. The doors that God opens, no one can close. Not ever and in any situation! Be true to Him always for He sees our hearts and the way we live. Let him open door upon doors of opportunity everyday as we strengthen our faith in our God!