—- By Pastor Aderemi ADELUGBA
Psalm 146: 1-10
The Lord has been very good to us since the beginning of the year 2013. He has done a lot for you. He sustained and delivered you from the hand of your enemies. His promises for your life have been fulfilled. He has been your helper, and he delivered you from bondage and the chains of this world, so why would you not join me in praising the Lord.
In Psalm 126: 1-3, God delivered His people, he turned around their captivity, and they went from the state of sorrow to rejoicing. In the course of the year 2013, the Lord performed several miracles of healing, promotion and, turned your captivity to freedom, and put laughter in your mouth. Praise ye the Lord.
As individual, I don’t know if you understand all the things the Lord has done for you in 2013. Even if you have not gained new employment, new house, new car and new clothing, you still have your life and breath. He protected your life from danger. Even when you have lost something, God replaced it with great and marvellous gifts.
In 2 Chronicles 18: 1-34, the intention of King Ahab was to have Jehoshaphat killed instead of him through impersonation, but God turned the plan around, and Jehoshaphat’s life was spared. You walked through the valley of the shadow of death in 2013, God spared your life. He did not allow the obituary they prepared to be your portion, the Lord turned it around.
Start to give your testimony: In Ps 126: 1-3, if you tell of how God has been good to you, He will be happy to do more for you. We saw the song of people who were restored from captivity. Jerusalem was spared and rescued from Babylonian captivity, and they did not only state the obvious, and the Lord performed more miracles in their generation. The Lord will perform it for you in Jesus name.
He is a gracious God: Whether it is recession, depression, disease, terror by the day or night that has threatened you in 2013, the word of God to you is that, Our God is in charge in 2014 and beyond. He said in Ps 146:8 – The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; and raises those who are bowed down. I am not sure whether your case belongs to one of these, but before the 31st Dec, you will be set free in Jesus name.
Your expectation in 2014
Hebrew 12: 1-3 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Fix your minds on Him: Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth Do not turn away from this God. The Lord has spared your life from all tragedy; He did not let your name be listed in the book of casualties, so it is your own time to get your mind fix on Him. 1 Sam 12: 13 -24, Samuel said to the people of God, verse 20: but serve the Lord with all your heart.
The Lord will give you freedom: Peradventure, you have been relying on the people of this world to set you free in certain situations, the encouragement to you is that only God can set free, and nothing shall be impossible with Him in 2014 – Happy is he who has the God of Jacob as their help.
If you have been cheated in 2013, the Lord will restore justice unto you. He gives food to the hungry: There are some people who may have had nothing all year round. You probably attended lots of interview and you got none, may be you are broke or dejected, God will grant unto you job and you will never go hungry in Jesus name.
He is in charge: Isaiah 43:2 when thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. So, regardless of what sea or rivers have overwhelmed you in 2013, our Mighty God is still totally in charge. He will be in charge of every situation in Jesus name.
You will never walk alone: The Lord will be by your sides, and will pull you out in Jesus name. You will never walk alone in Jesus name. Do not be afraid, do not worry. You can be certain that storms will come, situations will arise, but the Lord will be with you. You will not be cast off by the society. Even though you may not be able to withstand those situations, but God will stand in for you in Jesus name. God will lead you through the valley of the shadow of death. Praise Ye the Lord.
Delivered on 29th December, 2013.