Bishop B. Manjoro Dunamis
The year 2016 is the year of a double portion, anointing, blessing, favour and everything. It’s a good year in the Lord. I welcome you to 2016, congratulations for making it into this wonderful year in the Lord.
In the coming weeks I will be sharing with you on this theme of a double portion.
Today I have a year opener of a revelation to start the year well.
It’s a time when many are nervous, some anxious, some still hangover from 2015, some saying regai timboone (Let’s wait and see what the New Year has), some saying this year is my year!
The good thing is that you are reading this article.
Whatever happened in past years, good or bad, whatever you are planning in this year of a double portion, the key is begin by being gracious and delightful in the Lord! Even if you are barely standing due to frail health, begin the year by praising the Lord! It will align the year for you. The Psalmist realized it and wrote; “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name,’’ Psalms 100:4.
Read on and learn more from what the Word of God says to you this 9th day of the New Year! O hallelujah!
The key text is from the book of Psalms 36:3-4; “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
For one to be able to benefit from 2016, they have to learn to delight in Him.
To delight in God is not easy when looking or reasoning with the natural mind, it takes faith to do so.
It is an act of faith; giving praise, glory and honour to God, getting excited even in the midst of adversity.
Even with a contract at work about to be terminated you can delight in the Lord; with a fruitless and barren marriage for the past years, you can rejoice in the Lord; with a back ache that’s been tormenting you for the past three years and a cloud of depression hovering over your life, with no clue what the new year holds for you, friend, you can still delight in the Lord and get the miracle and desire of your heart. The first direction arrow to your list of resolutions for the year is this — delight in the Lord. Take pleasure in Him, His Word and the things of the Lord.
It’s not a year to be too busy for the Lord; it’s a year to delight in the Lord! With Him things are possible!
The defining factor of delighting in the Lord, is trust, trust in the Lord we are delighting in. It is hard to delight in someone or something that you do not trust. The reason why many people cannot get excited with their lives before the Lord is simply because they have not learnt to trust Him. To those that trust Him, like Jehoshaphat, they could boldly delight in God even in the midst of a fierce battle for, “he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord for his mercy endureth forever” 2 Chronicles 20:21. What a demonstration of trust in the Lord, going to war with singing and praising the Lord! Get into this year not with complaining, fear or murmuring, no, walk in praise!
What would happen to Jehoshaphat then? Read on, “and when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab and mount Seir which were come against Judah, and they were smitten,” 2 Chronicles 20:22. This is what delighting in the Lord can do for you. Your debt can be cancelled, your project can blossom again, your marriage can be saved and even that health condition can be turned around like it did with Jehoshaphat and Judah — delight in the Lord — but that is, only if you can trust the Lord. Trust in the Lord!
When you trust in God despite your case or situation you need to stand on the Word of God. It’s the second other key crucial in delighting in the Lord and accessing the desires of your heart. You cannot trust in God or delight in Him if you are not standing on His Word. Anything else that gives us security, confidence or excitement outside the Word of God is temporary and short-lived.
Some pretend to trust in God and to be very joyful yet they are depending on their charms, people or a relative somewhere — friend stand on nothing but the Word of God, so shall you have the desire of your heart.
There is also a difference between coming to church or being in church and standing on the Word of God.
You could have been in church for the past five years but nothing moving well in your life, probably simply because you are in church but not on the Word of God.
Standing on the Word of God is living in accordance with the Word of God, obeying, doing and acting on the Word of God.
If you do not do the Word it does not benefit you or produce any result in your life. No wonder many could have been in church and almost thinking of quitting church thinking it doesn’t work and it doesn’t help! Friend, hold on, check yourself and stand on God’s Word! When you stand on the Word, depression cannot be a part of your life.
Many years ago I made a discovery of the power of standing on the Word of God and delighting in God. From that time on I told myself I am not and I will never be a candidate for depression! No, no, no! Joy and depression do not go hand in hand. In 2016 you have a choice reader! Either, delight in the Lord and chase out depression and its consequences or get depressed and chase out the joy of the Lord and all the fruits and blessings of this year of a double portion. Choose excitement and rejoicing in the Lord, for surely He shall give you the desire of your heart! Stand on the Word of God, I say to you stand! For with God all things are possible, Mark 10:27