Our confidence is in Christ! When we have faith in God, He takes away our fear. In Christ we have no fear of the past, the future, no fear of the virus, no fear of the devil – we have confidence in God! Scripture says, don’t throw away your confidence! Keep that confidence in the reconciliation we have with God – nothing can break our relationship with God, no evil can destroy what we have, we are one with God, reconciled in Christ – and that’s why Jesus Christ is so important in our lives!
Join us in prayer on Friday 22 January for our nation; this is being supported by Christian groups almost universally across the whole nation. Simply called a ‘Day of Prayer for our Needy Nation’, I and many other Christian leaders and organisations, are calling as many as possible to join in prayer and fasting. Pray for OUR nation, simply in YOUR home – with friends – or family. Spend one hour, any hour, in fasting and prayer to Almighty God for OUR nation – call upon Him for deliverance.
God already knows the future; His plans and purposes cannot be thwarted by pandemic or economic collapse. Speaking through Isaiah, God says, ‘Though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction… Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it.’ (Isaiah 30:20-21.) The path that we are walking now, God has said, ‘This is the way, walk in it!’ I want to encourage you, follow Him! God has prepared your future!
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has passed away, all things have become new! Don’t question it, don’t doubt it. If we have become a new creature, then we have lost all ties to the old. People come to me and I have to tell them, if you have come to Christ, the past is forgiven, it’s dead. That’s what God says. But some people have been told that, because of their past, and also because of their parents and ancestors and what they have done in their past, they are not free. No! This is a lie.
When you come to Christ the WHOLE of the past is dead, gone. Whether you were a drug addict, an alcoholic, or whether in your family tree there was witchcraft or freemasonry – all that is gone! You are literally a new creation by faith in Christ. You do not have a tattered, battered old life, but a NEW life in Christ. By faith in Him, we become sons and daughters of God. It's a miracle!
We have hope, because 2 Corinthians 5:18 says, ‘All things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation.’ When God made us in the beginning, we were one with Him! And through Christ we have been accepted into the Beloved.
‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.’ To most of us, the ‘heavenly places’ are Heaven itself, something future. But what Paul is saying, is that God has blessed us NOW with all spiritual blessings – blessings which we should now be enjoying! Because vv11-13 speak of Jesus Christ, ‘in whom we have obtained an inheritance, being pre-destinated according to the purpose of Him who works all things after the counsel of His Will, that we should be to the praise of His Glory…in whom you also trusted after you heard of the Truth, the Gospel of your salvation, in whom, after you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise, the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession…’ This is so interesting. Paul is clearly saying, we have obtained an inheritance! People wonder how, at my age, I can still preach the way I do, why I see the many miracles, and why God has so blessed my ministry – it’s because I learned, from my earliest days, the significance of this message that the Holy Spirit gives you the key to ALL the Glory and Power of God, the ability to do ALL that Jesus did! What did Jesus say? He said, I’m going to My Father, I will ask Him and He will send the Holy Spirit – and these works that I do, you will do and greater, because I’ve gone to My Father! I want you to understand, we CAN expect the greater miracles, the greater Power, the greater Glory!
This New Year don’t look back on 2020, rather, realise that the tomorrow we have is more glorious than our yesterdays. The future in front of us becomes more and more glorious, and powerful, and precious. Paul encourages us, ‘I press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 3.14. It echoes what he said in v13, ‘I don’t count that I have apprehended’ I want to encourage you, wherever you are, whatever you’ve achieved, always keep this sense that there is something more in front of you. Keep pressing forward!
Let me pray for you: "Lord encourage the listeners of this programme, to not look at the problems in their lives, but to look to the future! I pray for a glorious future for everyone, that we will press forward, however hard it is, that we will climb to that higher height, and even in this coming year, spiritually, even materially, we will reach a higher level. Lord, lift me up and let me stand on higher ground, a higher place than I have found. Plant my feet on higher ground. There is so much more that God can do in your life and mine! God bless you! Amen!"
My Tribute by Vinesong
In this year of lockdown and restriction, I want to encourage you: love is greater than distance! You may not be with your family, but that doesn't diminish the love you feel for them. Just as it is with Jesus! I shall not see Jesus in the flesh this year, and hopefully not for many years, but this only strengthens the relationship and love He has for me and I for Him!
'Healer of my heart' & 'O holy night' used by kind permission of Huw Priday
It’s all about Jesus! I want us to forget the problems of 2020, and focus on Jesus, our problem-solver! Let’s remember the Christ of Christmas. Just as when we take Communion, we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, so at Christmas we must remember Jesus divested Himself of all His heavenly glory: the ‘Word became flesh and dwelt among us’. The angel instructed Joseph, “You shall call His Name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” The very Name of Jesus means salvation: salvation from our sins; salvation from our sicknesses; salvation from all that troubles us.
O Come all ye Faithful & O Come, O Come Emmanuel by Rebecca Aladiran
Join David for a series of three special Christmas & New year messages which are being broadcast on God TV, Revelation TV, Podcast & Online. These include special music by Huw Priday and Rebecca Aladiran, and prayers led by David and Pastor Dennis Greenidge. You can watch the God TV specials on Wednesday 16, 23 & 30 December at 10.30am. And on Revelation TV, Sunday 20 and 27 December & 3 January at 8.00pm. The online versions will be available on our website and social media channels.
Do you want to see the Fire of God? An answer to prayer? Through prayer, call for and expect an answer to the specifics of your problem. Whoever you are. We have to re-examine prayer. I have to re-examine prayer! In 2 Chronicles 7, when Solomon had made an end of praying, the Fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the Glory of the Lord filled the House. If we today would pray like this, with such Authority and such Power so that the Glory of God would come down! I urge you to read Solomon’s prayer in 2 Chronicles 6&7 – these chapters are among the greatest examples of intercession in the Bible; there is so much we can learn here.