January 2017

Happy 2017!

It’s time to begin again.  What does all mean?
For a people of HOPE- everything!
Let me encourage you to commit your year to the LORD; to bath it in prayer.

In biblical times, to gather the people for prayer, or to proclaim news, or to sound the battle cry, the Jewish people would blow the shofar.  If you’ve heard the sound of the shofar, let me tell you, it stirs the spirit!

The prophet Joel, under the power of the Holy Spirit, said this;

“2 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand!” – Joel 2

On the cusp of a New Year, can you hear the Spirit of God calling?          And if so, what is He whispering to your heart?                                            I am hopeful about 2017.

Recently, in our worship service, the liturgy included the phrase; “Deliverance is at hand!”  When I read this proclamation, a chill went up and down my spine.

Why?

Because God is on the move!

Will people who expect nothing, see the LORD move?  But … if you can sense the power of the Holy Spirit, working in our midst, then begin to tremble with anticipation!  It makes me want to shout Hallelujah!

Jesus was teaching in His hometown synagogue, at Nazareth, when the people rejected Him for speaking the Word of God.  How did He react?

He said;  4b “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”  5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.  6 And He marveled because of their unbelief.”               – Mark 6

I don’t want the LORD to marvel at our unbelief.  So, as I feel a stirring in my spirit, and sense that God is on the move, I look to the heavens with a hopeful heart!

Have you heard of the Year of Jubilee?

In Old Testament times, it happened every 50 years, when seven groups of seven years had passed.  Seven is the number of perfection and completion.  So in the fiftieth year, all property would revert back to its original owner.  Slaves would be freed.  Inheritance restored.  If the years had been harsh, it didn’t matter; God’s truth spoke louder still.

In 2017, God defines you.  His voice reverberates, to shake the heavens and the whole earth!  He speaks His defining truth, to you and to me; We are His people and He is our God!

Perhaps 2017 will be our Year of Jubilee!  Can you hear Him whisper; “Deliverance is at hand!”  In my spirit, I can hear the sound of the shofar!  Bring it on, Holy God!

In Christ, Pastor Michael

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