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When the Israelites left Egypt, their focal point was to get to the promise land as a free nation to serve the Lord. For them to stay focus they must avoid distraction or any side attraction that may want to shift their mind and eyes from getting to the promise land – the focal point.
Year 2016 is a new journey of life that is full of promises and blessings of God. However, satan will also want to operate to prevent children of God from being a partaker of these promises and blessings.
Therefore, in spite of all the promises and blessings, there is bound to be distractions caused by human and nature. The distractions will be caused by adversities (negative ideologies, antagonism, opposition, confrontations, enemy and perilous enticements; obstacles and difficulties; inducement of the devil to cause limitation, delay, procrastination or discouragement; and natural disasters. The occurrence of these odds can shift one’s mind or eyes from being focused.
Before the time you crossed into the New Year, you have many plans you have purposed to accomplish in the year. God knows your thought, as long as it is in line with His will and you subject yourself to His directives, He will surely go before you; He will lead you; His spirit will direct your thought and action. He will help you to accomplish your goal; he will not allow any distraction to cross your path or overcome you. Neither will He allow any of those odds to cause you to go back into the woes of the past: Rather, He will help and strengthen you to overcome any adversity.

The Lord your God, He is the one who goes with you

“Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6).
Your journey of life each moment resembles the Israelites journey from Egypt to the promise land. It illustrates right and wrong actions taken by the Israelites and their payback. Your behavior and attitude as a Christian who sojourns in this earth will determine your achievement and success by the end of the year.
As a believer you want to be free and prosperous in the New Year, you must stay within the bound of God’s lead. Hence, this prayer bulletin which is more like crosses to freedom and prosperity implies that a person who is presently in bondage can gain freedom; someone who is in a state of poverty can leave that zone and become prosperous in this New Year.
For you as a Christian to attain the fullness of your freedom, prosperity, destiny, goal, promises of God, and eternal home in heaven, you have to pass through two crossovers.
1. The Red Sea
2. The Jordan River
However, in between the Red Sea and the Jordan River is a journey, an experience that every Christian cannot but have. It is a critical period, which determines whether a person will cross the second crossover or not. This period is what I call the wilderness experience.
By the special grace of God, you have crossed over from year 2015 to 2016, I congratulate you; you have crossed over your Red Sea. What next? You have to get to the Jordan River before you can cross into your promise land. Every situation in the New Year has its own Jordan to cross. The crossing of the Red sea symbolizes the total surrender of your life and the final determination to embark on a particular mission, goal, journey to freedom or whatever may be your undertaking. You have begun the journey into year 2016; you are at the point of no return. Begin to move forward.
What awaits you in your promise land in the New Year is freedom, prosperity, success, dream realization, good health, victory etc. Are you going to get there? Now, I ask you, who is leading you in your way, who is directing your affairs in year 2016? The outcome of your wilderness experience will determine whether you will cross over Jordan to your promise land or not. Be sensitive to God’s lead; you need to focus.

When passing through your wilderness, trust God

The wilderness experience represents the process taken or experienced before achieving a set goal. The smallest or easiest activity of man goes through some processes before it accomplishes its goal.
Wilderness experience is so dramatic that you kept on wondering how it will turn out; because it is a journey you have not travelled before. Expect some inevitable challenges that are specifically set in place to displace and distract you from focusing. 2016 is another period in the journey of life; as you know that journey of life is a war, you are not going to fight it in the physical temporal plane, but it is a spiritual warfare.
Wilderness experience requires patience. Patience is bearing affliction, waiting, standing fast under pressure and having faith that turns adversity to opportunity. Your patience and endurance will be tested, but be careful, do not crosses the line of tolerance; it can rob you of your blessing; wait on God.
No matter how or what the circumstance, you should resolutely trust God (Job 40:8; 42:1-6). Do not trust in any earthly things, they lead to boredom and despair. But build on a strong relationship with your Creator; He cares for you and truly will satisfy you. Confidence in any person, thing, riches/ wealth, government system or economy indices other than God Himself through our Lord Jesus Christ is misplaced trust.
Do you know that the downfall of ones earthly confidant produces sorrow? (2Samuel 4:1)
Things are simply not what we think they ought to be, but God is still in control and He works His good purpose through events we do not most of the time understand. All you need to do is cast your care upon Him, for He cares for you (Jas. 5:7). Focus on where God is taking you and do not border yourself with breaking news.

Follow the Lord’s directives

The way and how the Lord will lead you may not be the common way of the world. How the Lord thinks is not the way the world thinks. Therefore, it is the spirit of the Lord that will tell and input in your mind what to do.
When the Israelites left Egypt, the Bible states,
“God led the Israelites not by way of the land of the philistines, although that was nearer (which normally will be preferred by wise people of this world); for God said, lest the people change purpose when they see war and return to Egypt. But God led the people around by way of the wilderness toward the red sea” (Exo. 13: 17-18).
Follow the way of righteousness steadily with God guidance, God will take you through your own peculiar way which, when you are faced with challenges in the New Year, He will guide and help you to overcome.

2016 journey is by faith: not by sight

The Bible declared that –
“But without faith it is impossible to please God:
for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6).
Faith destroys negative thoughts and advances the positive thoughts
The transitional period of any undertaking (achieving a set goal or accomplishing a mission) is to be run by faith and not by sight. Faith is you trusting in the Lord to take you through the whole process of your undertaking no matter what stands in your way. It is your faith in the Lord that guarantees you the confidence to achieve, and believing in His power and promises concerning you. Your faith in Him means you are casting your burden on Him. Your faith in Him builds your faith in your undertaking. Start to live by faith right now.
If you pursue your undertaking by sight, you will not likely accomplish; why? Many things you will see during the year will look dreadful, frightening and discouraging. They are difficulties, which stand to be mountains and valleys; they are hindrances and obstacles that are against you achieving your set goals, against gaining your liberty or against crossing to the better side.
It is your faith in God through our Lord Jesus that will help your faith in your plans and your faith in anticipation. Moreover, your conformity to the will and purpose of God peculiarly for your life will completely grant you your heart desire.

Circumcise you heart< “Above all else, guard your heart, for; everything you do flows from it. Keep you mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the path for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn right or the left; keep your foot from evil (Pro. 4:23-27). How do you circumcise your heart? Worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ and place not your confidence in any human honor or accomplishment as a means to reaching God. But, embark on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and things that are of good report (Phil. 4:8-9). Another way you can circumcise your heart is to avoid being a sharer of what modern Christians called “norms of the day” – Sensual pleasure (lust of the flesh), covetousness (lust of the eye) and position and power (pride of life). Be diligent: not slothful “The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the slothful shall be under tribute”. (Pr. 12:24) “Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathered by labor shall increase”. (Pr. 13:11) To be self-sufficient and to live a fulfilled life of your choice this year, you must work hard for it. Whatever level of wealth you wish to acquire in life, you must be ready to work for it. Ill-gotten wealth will never last. One thing is to have faith in God; have faith in your goal; obeying the word of God; and so on; the other thing is for you to do your own part; work hard in order to receive favor and multiply greatly (Gen. 26:12-13). “Whatever your hands finds to do, do it with all your might…” (Eccl. 9:10). Let success or failure (not with those working according to the will of God) rest in the hand of God, but get to the task. Don’t look backward Looking and moving forward helps moving fast to accomplishing ones objective. Looking backward to what is behind will hinder your progress, slow you down or even not allowing you to achieve. Lot’s wife disobeyed the command not to look back; she was reluctant to leave what she enjoys most – enjoyment, the world, sinful nature etc. and was unable to make it to safety (Gen. 19:17-26). In the New Year, let your thought be to move forward even in the face of any hardship or difficulty. Don’t be a quitter, you need to press forward; hence, Apostle Paul says, “Brethren, …: but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phi. 3:13-14). What is ahead in year 2016 is greater and brighter things than things you left behind in the past years. Do not focus on despair, rejection, disappointment, hardship, loss of something precious or fleshy and sinful attributes etc, throw them behind you. When all these things kept pumping back into your mind, they weigh you down and prevent you from moving forward. The book of Hebrews advices “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” (Heb. 12:1-2). Negatives must not hold you back; they continue to hurt you if you don’t let it go. Fix your eyes on God for a new thing that He will make to happen. Why don’t you start by thanking Him for what He will do this new year? Learn to be thankful every moment of the New Year Many Christians are willing to promise anything during the time of stress or need; but as soon as the stress stops, their hearts becomes hardened and become unwilling to do what they have promised. They are unthankful for what God had done talk less of thanking Him for what He is about to do. Peradventure things do not work out the way you expected this year, continue to praise God; when it is good or bad, learn to be thankful always,: Let your thanks be more than your request. Be obedient to the word of God “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God….And to whom swear he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief”. (Heb. 3:12-19) The psalmist said “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee”. (Ps. 119:11) The book of Isaiah said further “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the fruit of the land”. (Is. 1:19) The word of God is your teacher to teach you how to walk, where to stand and where to sit (Ps. 1). What do I mean by this statement? It is the word of God that will teach and direct you how best to position yourself this year. As a believer, let you undertakings be governed by the word of God. If you are seeking the best way to pursue anything, the word of God will show you the way to go. If you are confused during the year, the word of God will help you unknot difficulties. If you are lost in the wilderness (in whatever you are doing) the word of God will show you the way out. The place of the word of God in your life in the year is very important in that you must apply it to the circumstances of your life. If you fully adhere and obedient to the word of God, there are numerous blessings awaiting you in your own promise land. One thing you need to understand is that blessing follows obedience (Jos. 22:2-5 &8). Be zealous for the work of God Eleazar, the grandson of Aaron was given the covenant of an everlasting priesthood for being zealous with the zeal of God. Try not to allow anything to take the place of God in your life; be dedicated and committed to the things of God; and make Him priority in all things, and see what the Lord will do. Beware of agents of obstruction One of satan’s tactics is to obstruct forward progress of the children of God. An obstructionist sees one who is prospering as a threat out of envy and jealousy. He will do anything to cause a careless and insensitive Christian to sin against God or misdirect him/her away from the right course. Balaam is an agent of the devil who has the power to do and undo, to inflict injury upon anyone who is not in the will of God. A Christian will fall victim of an obstructionist if he/she operates outside the bound, directive and will of God. Be focused and follow God leading. Seek God’s approval Seek God’s approval to approve the person of anybody, any step that you want to take, any undertaking you want to embark upon, so that you will not fall victim or enter into a covenant with your enemy (Jos. 9:14). You need to ask for specifics in any instruction you receive either spiritual or real to life. Manoah asked specific question about the person of his son Samson (Jud. 13:12). Observance and compliance is important to God’s instruction. However, ask questions that does not signify unbelief. You cannot be irrational when it comes to obeying the word of God. Be like David who asked for specific instruction • To pursue the Amelikites or not at Ziglag (1 Sam. 30:8) • To fight the philistine at the stronghold or not (2 Sam. 5:19) One of the ways you can be focus is to get clarity of instruction and follow to letter. Strengthen yourself in the Lord always It is not all the time you will find people to encourage you in the right way; in fact, they will discourage you more. Elisha was discouraged by Elijah and the sons of the prophet from following Elijah to the place of his (Elisha) empowerment when Elijah was about to be taking up to heaven. But Elisha was focused in that no one would stop him from getting to that place of his blessing. What you need to do 99% of the time is to encourage yourself in the Lord. The scripture states that David strengthens himself in the Lord (1Sam. 30:6). The Lord told Joshua to be strong and courageous (Jos. 1:7-8) As a Christian, always encourage yourself in the Lord in whatever you want to do or in any situation you may be passing through. Nobody will do it for you; so, fix your attention on God to direct you in all your endeavors. Review and renew your stand with the Lord Do not rely on your past experience as far as your success is concern, though it works for you in the past; still, seek for a new revelation that suits the present situation. The love of God and His goodness comes new to us every morning. God does not duplicate His old strategy to win a new battle, but every new battle is won with a new weapon and strategy. Therefore, renew your stand with God everyday of the New Year. Be sensitive and on-guard every moment of the year The following 7 points will help you to be on-guard and sensitive 1. Do not wax cold for your love for Christ 2. Be faithful and do not deny your faith in any situation you find yourself 3. Do not compromise with the things of this world neither you partake in devil’s destructive enjoyment 4. Do not bite the devil’s inducement which will corrupt you to sin against God. 5. Always examine your stand with the Lord 6. Be open to the truth; it will guard and guide you firmly as you walk in the way of your destiny 7. Hold fast to the truth and faithfully worship the Lord. Conclusion The scripture states “…humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God (your main point of focus), that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you” “Be sober and vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1Pet. 5:7-8). Christian brothers and sisters, your goal in the New Year is to cross to your promise land. To achieve this, you need to stay focus so that satan will not derail you and rob you of what is waiting for you there. Your promise land represents the life in this world and eternity with Christ in the presence of God. Your eternity starts with the quality of life you live now. Why don’t you start living it with humility and reverence, trusting and focusing on God for the fulfillment of His purpose, promise and blessing for your life in the New Year? Prayer Give thanks to the Lord for a successful crossover into 2016 • Magnify the Lord by praising His holy name in psalms and with praise worship every day of the year. Praising the Lord will open the window of heaven for showers of blessings. • Thank the Lord for His goodness and His activities in your life; the gift of life, physical and spiritual blessings, endowments, healing, protection, provision, deliverance, safety, victories, divine attractions, promotion etc. thanking the Lord attracts more blessings. Acknowledge, confess your sins and repent Confess your sin that you may receive mercy, forgiveness and a refreshing time from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19). Pray for sanctification • New Year is a new beginning; therefore, pray for cleansing by the blood of Christ and spiritual washing which purifies and purges you of your sin: sanctification produces divine transformation. • Pray for prevention and protection from the manifestation of sin, defilement, waywardness, and all those things which work against the will of God in your life. Pray for the power of the Holy Spirit This prayer produces spiritual growth, spiritual guidance, spiritual lead, spiritual gifts; empowerment for excellence, healing and miracle. Pray for newness of life You need fresh anointing, renewed spirit and spiritual revival for the New Year. Pray for circumcision of your heart • To be receptacle to God’s word, will and call • For God to remove your stubborn heart and replace it with the heart of flesh • That the Lord will coat you with the garment of humility and prevent you from pride Pray for Spiritual fruitfulness Your life must be full of the fruits of the spirit in order to enjoy the fullness of its reward in the New Year. Fullness in love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control, giving, mercy, truthfulness, praising, righteousness, forgiving, obedience, holiness, compassion: all these results in happiness and gladness of the heart. Prayer to be focus in the New Year; pray • That the fear of the unknown will not hold you back to loose focus of your promise land • For the Lord to deliver you from any agent of the devil that wants to obstruct you in the way to your promise land • Pray against human and natural distractions in the way of your destiny • Pray against any human element that would want to cross your path and disturb you from getting to your promise land • Pray to be sensitive to people around you and your environment as a means to guard you against an obstructionist • Pray against any agent of discouragement • Pray for strength and courage to pursue and accomplish in your entire endeavor. Prayer against reoccurrence • Of the woes of the past • Of the evils of the past • Of resentment • That the Lord will help your weakness and strengthen you to control your emotion in order to overlook the negative of the past Pray for faith • That your faith in the Lord will give you confidence to overcome all odds and give you success • That God will increase your faith to overcome distractions, obstacles and difficulties Pray for spiritual guidance • To keep you within the bound and will of God • To direct your thought and action • For spiritual and physical equipping to overcome all challenges • Against sensual pleasure, covetousness and pride that turns the heart against God Pray for grace and empowerment to • Embark on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report • move and press forward to the place of your fulfillment • accomplish all your plans for the year • display the right behavior and attitude in whatever situation you find yourself in the year • wait patiently for the manifestation of God’s promises and blessing • resolutely trust God in all circumstances you find yourself for help • to read the word of God always • to allow the Holy Spirit to give you the understanding of God’s word • to follow and make God priority in all things • to get clarity of God’s revelation and to follow it to letter Pray that the Lord will • not leave or forsake you in the journey of the year • lead you in the way He has prepared for you to travel in year 2016 • pave the way for your breakthrough in your entire endeavors • grant you mercy and grace to have the fullness of His purpose for you • grant you self-sufficiency and to live a life of good choice • bless the work of your hand and favor you to be fruitful and multiply spiritually, physically and financially • crown all your effort in the new year with success • go with you, His presence will not leave you and He will protect and prevent you from walking out of His presence Decree and declare in the name of Jesus that • you will not be vulnerable to any inevitable evil occurrences in the year • satan will not rob you of God’s blessings and promises for you in the year • norms of the world that is against the knowledge of God will not influence you negatively • no negatives of the past will limit or stop you from moving into your destiny • all the beatitudes of the past will revisit you in the new year • you will not fail but you will be successful in the works of you hand • the purpose of the Lord would be fulfilled in your life in 2016 • your mouth will be filled with songs of thanksgiving and praises at the end of year 2016 I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year. 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Let what pertains to you be secret to you only. Not all that is in the offing needs be revealed to another person. God’s secret for your life is to be kept to yourself. As Christians, you must not trust any one; those that you call you confidants are the one that will reveal your secret or plan to your enemy.

Samson said

“If you had not plowed with my heifer,
You would not have solved my riddle!” (Jud. 14:18b)

This proverb was said by Samson after Timnah, the wife-to-be, revealed the answer to the riddle he posed to the philistines; the philistines would not have known the answer to the riddles if Samson had not told it to his wife-to-be; and if the wife-to-be had not leaked the answer to the philistines. Who can be closer to a man than his spouse? Read the story in Judges chapter 14

Christians need to be wise when it comes to telling people about the plan of God for your life or the secret to your success. Let people see what God is doing; let them contemplate on how God did it; you are to keep doing what you have to do and keep the blueprint for your success. Does this mean you cannot share your idea with anyone? Not at all, however, be careful whom to share your secret with.

Lesson from Joseph’s unwise openness

We need to learn a lesson from Joseph’s disclosure of his dream to his brothers. Joseph’s destiny for greatness was revealed to him in a dream; however, probably because he was young or ignorant of what was revealed to him, he told it to his brothers. Because of his openness, his brothers hated him, even more, because he was the beloved of their father. You cannot be too open when it comes to what pertains to you.

As Christians, we need to be guided divinely (spiritually) before we open our mouth to utter anything to anyone. The intention of Joseph’s brother was to kill the destiny of Joseph when he was stripped and sold into slavery.

The scripture states

“Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!” (Gen. 37:18-20)

If he had told this to his father before telling his brothers, probably his father would have advised him not to tell anyone. This is one reason I advise the youth not to despise the wise counseling of their parents. Your parents will not lead you astray; seek their counseling when it gets to the point where you don’t know what to do. Decision that is not divinely guided can send someone into unprecedented captivity.

Learn a lesson from Saul

After Samuel had anointed Saul with oil according to the command of God; on his way back home, he met his uncle and they have this short dialogue:

Then Saul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?” So he said, “To look for the donkeys. When we saw that they were nowhere to be found, we went to Samuel.” And Saul’s uncle said, “Tell me, please, what Samuel said to you.” So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But about the matter of the kingdom, he did not tell him what Samuel had said” (1Sam. 10:14-16).

In this dialogue, Saul disclosed to his uncle the obvious thing which his uncle already knew, about finding the lost donkeys. But, he did not disclose that which is still in the offing; that which is still between him and God (matter of the kingdom); and that which has not been made known; he kept it to himself. The kingship of Saul was still in the budding stage, not yet proclaimed; why should he let it out for another one who would destroy his destiny.

As Christians, when you are still in the planning stage of a project; how to bring about you dream; pressing to achieve a goal; whatever undertaking you embark upon; or even when God has revealed to you the secret for success, keep it to yourself until the fruit of that secret reveals itself.

My advice to the youth is this, not all that glitters is gold. As the wise among you are prudent in spending and they prosper in life; likewise be wise in other aspects of life’s choices. Life that seems to be rosy in the early stage of life may not be forever, because challenges are coming on the way. Be prudent in your utterances; especially in what God has endowed you. Be wise. The scripture states,

A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth,
But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence.
He who guards his mouth preserves his life,
But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction” (Pro. 13:2-3).

By Lawrence Abitogun

The life of Samson in the Bible teaches a lesson on how youths ought to mould their lives in the will of God and not to ignore the wise counsel of their parents. Samson violated God’s guideline, ignored and disobeyed the counseling of his parents. Moreover, he did not learn from his mistake even after receiving the grace for a second chance to amend his ways. At the end, his arrogant and obstinate behavior caused the tragedy end to his life.

Every child that is born is channeled into this world through their parents. One of the responsibilities of the parents is to guide and preventing the child from walking in the way of destruction.

One area that seems to generate disagreement between youths and their parents is the area of marriage. Choosing a future partner by youth is one of those responsibilities parents need to guide their son not to fall into the hand of a Delilah type of wife; or their daughter not to fall into the hand of a worthless man. No civilization or order of the day should change this pattern of seeking spiritual and parental guidance in choosing a future wife. Many parents have counseled their children to no avail; many youths would go their own ways to satisfy their lust or/and unwise desire.

The scripture admonishes youths,

My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck (Pro. 1: 8-9).

Many marriages that failed today are the result of many youths forsaken the counseling of their parents. The parents of Samson advised him not to marry from the philistine, knowing fully that they are the enemy of Israel; but he refused and disregarded his parent’s counseling: he satisfied his own lustful desire. This action would later become a stage set for the tragedy that ends his life.

Samson said to his father,

“Get her for me, for she pleases me well.” (Jug. 14:3)

The statement that Samson made to quiet his parents is still the same statement that youths are making to give their parents no choice than to stand by them. Many parents have been subjected to sleepless vigil and silence torture of the heart.

When Samson could not be convinced, as parents, they have no choice than to support him. They followed him to visit the parents of Timnah (the first philistine woman he loved). The love affair became an occasion for the philistine (enemies) to trap and conquer him. May you never be tempted to marry someone that will become an agent to your destruction.

The occasion became Tom and Jerry affairs; enemies disguising as friends. They were celebrating as in-laws, but, the motive of the philistine was to use the occasion to capture Israel.

Many youths have become victims of ignorance of the reality of life; especially, in the area of choosing a partner for a spouse. Marriage is the beginning of another journey in life; it needs spiritual and parental guidance; it needs the counseling of someone who has the experience. Do not ignore the counseling of your parents because, they advise you based on their experience, which should be the bedrock upon which to build your new life.

To be continued

By Lawrence Abitogun

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