As it is in the beginning of any period, challenges are inevitable. Year 2017 is another year, another period, another processing and a new journey of life. Even though the year would be packed with God’s blessing as ever, it would not be without some hiccups, inevitable and unknown challenges. However, the Lord God Almighty will help us to overcome any challenge and we shall receive our full package of blessings in Jesus name.

First thing first

Let us begin by acknowledging the goodness of God upon our lives in the past years.
Worship the Lord, magnify him, praise His Holy name in Psalms and in songs, worship Him spiritually and with your whole body; for who He is, what He has done, what His doing and for what He will do.

Prayer of thanks to the Lord in all areas – you cannot thank Him enough, you just have to thank Him at all times.

• For His goodness and activities in your life;
• For the gift of life, keeping you alive to this day
• For Physical and spiritual blessings, endowments and provisions in your life
• For Healing, deliverance and victories He accorded you in all challenges of life
• For Protection, safety and prevention from seen and unseen evil occurrences
• For Divine attractions, grace, mercy, favor and promotion that you have received

Prayer of repentance – Your sin will not spill over into the new year; therefore, Acknowledge, confess your sins and repent – then, pray for

• Mercy to overturn every judgment and penalty of sin
• Forgiveness of any wrong doing.
• purging of our body and soul from any defilement
• deliverance from sin and its power
• A refreshing time in the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19).

Prayer of rededication, pray

• that God will create you anew
• for fresh anointing of the spirit of God upon your life
• for renewal of God’s power upon your life
• for grace and empowerment to live a sin less life
• for grace and empowerment to live to please God

Word of courage for the journey of life in year 2017

The new year may seems to be like any other yesteryears, it come and go, but year 2017 has just began and yet to join the circle of past years. One reality though is that the journey is long and you need to lay aside any whatever that will not allow you to finish the journey successfully. The year is full of successes; however, all situations will require you to focus and endure to the end.
Whatever situation you may find yourself, whatever you may go through, whatever news is being herald, or wherever the wind of circumstance may affect you; you need to call on our God and tell Him “my eyes are on You”. Then, focus on Jesus because, He is the author and finisher of our faith; He will empower you to endure through to the end of the year. Are you prepared for the journey?

Learn from Jehoshaphat’s preparedness

Jehoshaphat is one of my favorite persons (a king) in the Bible. The very moment he ascended to the throne as king of Judah, he prepared himself physically and spiritually for the challenges a person of his caliber would face as a king. Read the excerpt.
“Then Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place, and strengthened himself against Israel. And he placed troops in all the fortified cities of Judah, and set garrisons in the land of Judah and in the cities of Ephraim which Asa his father had taken. Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baal, but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel. “ Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches and honor in abundance. And his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord; moreover he removed the high places and wooden images from Judah.
“Also in the third year of his reign he sent his leaders and priests to teach in the cities of Judah: And with them he sent Levites…so they taught in Judah, and had the Book of the Law of the Lord with them; they went throughout all the cities of Judah and taught the people” (2Chro. 17:1-90.
As you enter into the new year you need to prepare yourself physically and spiritually for the challenges ahead.

Jehoshaphat prepared physically

Jehoshaphat strengthens himself by putting troops in the fortified cities and setting garrison in Judah. Within his human ability and empowerment, he has to protect what was committed to his charge. In the new year, how have you prepared physically to succeed in all your ways
God has deposited some abilities, gifts and physical empowerment in you; how have you prepared for the proper utilization of these endowments to glorify God and for the well-being of what pertains to you – your happiness and comfort; financial stability; security and safety of your family and property; your welfare and good health; and the good fortune that the Lord has prepared for you in the new year.

Jehoshaphat prepared Spiritually

More importantly, Jehoshaphat prepared himself spiritually for divine empowerment. How did he prepared, the Bible states that: he sought the Lord God; he did not seek baal (idol of the heart or the orders of this world); he walked in the commandment of God; his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord; he remove the high places and wooding image from Judah (God is priority in all his ways): and He established school of theology in Judah.
How is your prayer life? how often do you plan to accompany your prayer time with fasting? how is your prayer altar at home? and what is your plan as to your contribution to the work of the gospel in your church this year? How have you prepared?
Your spiritual preparedness will reflect in the outcome of the physical manifestation. Spiritual and physical preparedness are mutual; the two work hand-in-hand. You cannot prepare physically and not spiritually, or else, you won’t have the power you need to overcome the challenges ahead. (Jas. 2:14-26) the Bible declared that “if you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small (Pro. 24:10), therefore, be diligent this year.

Be diligent in year 2017 (Pro. 12:24).

Isaac received command from God not to go to Egypt because of the famine in Gerra. God promised to bless him in Gerra. Isaac obeyed and remained there. However, Isaac did not sit down expecting mana free of charge from heaven, but the bible states that Isaac sowed in the land that year and he reaped 100 folds while famine was hitting the inhabitants of the land. The key thing here is this, Isaac believed and obeyed God (spiritual preparedness) and he sowed (physical preparedness). Brethren, are you prepared? You must obey God. You also need to focus on getting your goal.

Stay focus

Stay focus to get your dream and goal come to reality in year 2017. In as much as God has granted you the grace to cross over to the new year, gaze your eyes on the Lord to lead you to overcome any challenge that may surface in all your endeavors.
In 2 kings 2:1-10, Elisha knew what he wanted from Elijah, his goal was to get double portion of the spirit of Elijah. Before Elisha got to the point where he declared his goal to his master, he had scaled over some hurdles, the challenges of distraction, discouragement, delay, obstruction etc. Right from the onset that he knew his master would be taken up. He pays attention to every moment all the way to the goal line. Read an excerpt of the story,
“When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?”
“Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.
“You have asked a difficult thing,” Elijah said, “yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours—otherwise, it will not.” (2Ki. 2:9-10)
Please do what Elisha did in order to remain focus in the new year. As a child of God, you are a goal getter, confronting and overcoming challenges empowers you to remain focus in any embankment. What did Elijah do?

• He has a goal – you must set your goal and priority, you need to know what you want to achieve
• He was focus on getting his goal – you must be focused in order to achieve your goal regardless of any challenge – constraints
• He rejected distraction from the sons of the prophets – you must reject distraction from close associates or acquaintances.
• He rejected negative indications – All it requires is you believing in yourself that you will get it right – be a goal getter
• He rejected discouragement from the sons of the prophet – whatever fact or economy indices signaled, you must not shiver because you are operating in the heavenly economy to succeed in the earthly economy.
• He refused to be delayed or stopped from advancing to the finish line – do not give up even when situation seems bleak.
• He did not ask for less – you have to think big and do not belittle yourself, but believe in your divine endowment to think big and achieve big. Don’t make the mistake, It is erroneous to think of any situation to be too small for you to call on God to intervene.
• Every moment was significant to him as he advanced toward the mark – be sensitive moment by moment as you advance and turn death ear to any whispering of discouragement.
• He followed up to the goal line and he achieved his goal – do not be weary or tired. When you are down spiritually or physically, arouse the Holy Ghost power to energize you. it is not over until you have achieved

The unforeseen and the inevitable

When you find yourself in a situation that is peaceful, joyous, happy and rosy and everything seems to be working in your favor, there you need more of God’s protection and empowerment to maintain that which is good. God’s blessing can be so much in your life that you may not be able to handle it just like the prodigal son could not handle his inheritance. The blessing can make you power drunk and you become proud, it can make you to forget your God.
Therefore, as good as it sound, it is a big challenge to maintain good things, and you have no power of your own to do this. Good thing or situation needs maintenance (Tit, 3:8), your eyes must be on the Lord to build a hedge around you and your possessions (Job 1:6-11). Therefore you need God’s empowerment to maintain the good times and things in order to avoid any evil orchestration.
If you find yourself in a mediocrity situation, you need God’s empowerment for improvement.
If on the contrary you find yourself in a difficult situation – problem, hardship, economic challenges, natural and human disasters, health issues, family issue, work related problem etc. what will you do? Like what happened to Jehoshaphat, bombarded by enemies, what would you do? How should you react to health or life threatening situation if it happens?
In all odds, universal or personal; when you are faced with a situation that is beyond your control in year 2017; your first reaction should be to seek help from God (Ps. 121). This is the reason Jehoshaphat received favor from God, he seeks the Lord.
God may directly go into action on your behalf or He may send help; no one can predict what He will do, but He will help; He is a present help in time of trouble or need (Ps. 46:1); hence Jehoshaphat sets his eyes on the Lord, the scripture states
“…And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. So Judah gathered together to ask help from the Lord; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the Lord. “O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (2Chro 20:1-12)
When you find yourself in some challenging or difficult situations in the new year and you don’t know what to do, just like Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah did, the best thing to do is to fix your eyes on the Lord and say “my eyes are upon you O Lord”. Then, pray unto God, accompany it with fasting then beginning to sing praises unto the Lord and wait for your victory. (Ps. 37:3-8)
You have to call on God to intervene in your situation, claim His promises of old as it relates to your present situation. In 2Chro.20:1-12, Jehoshaphat reminded God of His old promises concerning Israel. He now appeals to God to intervene.

Jehoshaphat leans on God for revelation on what to do

After focusing on God for intervention, leave everything unto Him; wait for instruction on what to do; and follow the instruction to letter as Jehoshaphat did. You must do the followings,
• Your heart must be right with God. David said in Ps 18:1-3 that
o I will love God
o I will trust God
o I will call on God and
o I will praise God
• Hand over your challenges onto God (Matt. 11:28-30)
• Take your position – stand firm in the Lord, no amount of bad or negative news should disturb your activities spiritually and physically. Stand firm in faith, believe the word of God and promises concerning your situation, and work according to His will.
• Do not be afraid, but be courageous
• You have to face your battle even though God is fighting it on your behalf. You cannot run away from your challenges because through it God will strengthen you, and in it there He will provide a way for victory (1 Cor. 10:13). Your battles and challenges are training ground for you and a stepping stone for a higher responsibility (promotion, breakthrough, increase, expansion etc.).
Joseph had to face the path of servitude before rising to stardom in a strange land. Daniel must be a captive before becoming an ambassador of God in a strange land – serving under three different heathen kings as second in command.
Whatever situation you find yourself or whatever challenge you may be facing in the new year, lean on God for revelation on what to do. Call on Him; He will delight in you, He will hear you, He will intervene on your behalf, He will fight your battle and He will deliver you.
Haven done all these, as God rewarded Jehoshaphat, will He not reward you more now that you have Christ in your life and the spirit of God lives in you?
Whatever situation you may be passing through, good or the contrary, someone had passed through a similar situation. How do they handle it to become a hero or a victim? Victory in those situations has been linked with people who trust, obey, and hand-over their situation over to God.

Faith plays a key role in year 2017

You must imitate our Lord Jesus; He had a goal – to lay hold of the joy that was set before Him. How did He achieve this goal? He was focused; He would not allow circumstances (joy, happiness, riches; nor sorrow, shame, suffering, etc.) to stop Him from attaining that joy. What else did he do? He endured the cross (He suffered and died to liberate humanity)
Read the excerpt,
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses 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, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb. 2: 1-2)
Chapter 11 which precedes this chapter 12 of the book of Hebrew speaks of many examples of people who by faith overcame challenges of life. They are children of God as we are in this end time. The author wants you to learn from them, especially, their faith. Faith will play a key role in your successes in year 2017.
The passage advises you to look at Jesus; whose life’s experience sums up all challenges and sufferings that anyone can have and how He was victorious at the end. He will start and end year 2017 with you. The chapter mentioned of the cloud of witnesses (faith heroes who had faced and overcame tough challenges of life); the chapter then advises you to lay aside weights and sins that can set you back or be hindrances to achieving your goal. Therefore, you need to look at Jesus in order to run the race of the New Year successfully.

The place of the word of God in your life in year 2017

The Bible made us to know that in the time of the law, when the tabernacle was completed and the ark of the Lord was put in its place, the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle to the extent that Moses could not enter it (Exo. 40:34-35).
In the days of the kings, the ark was put in the Solomon’s temple, no more in the tabernacle. The only thing in the ark was the two tablets of stone containing the laws (the word of God). After the ark has been put into its place the Bible states that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord” (1Ki 8:10-11).
In this dispensation of grace, the Bible called us the temple of the living God
“ … For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will dwell in them
And walk among them.
I will be their God,
And they shall be My people.” (2Cor. 6:16; 1Cor.3:16)
If the glory of God would fill the tabernacle and the temple that was made with hand because the ark of the Lord (containing the word) was put in its right place; how much more would the glory of the Lord fill your life if the word of God would dwell richly in your heart in year 2017. Don’t you know that the Word in your life is the presence of God in your life?

Prayers for spiritual empowerment

Prayer for Holy Ghost empowerment – the journey of the new year is new day-by-day, therefore, you need holy spirit to lead you through. Pray for
• Spiritual lead, spiritual guidance and spiritual eye
• Wisdom, knowledge, understanding and discernment,
• Spiritual strength, spiritual gifts and spiritual empowerment,
• Spiritual revival, awakening and alertness
• Empowerment for grace to wait on the Lord
• Empowerment to resist external pressure that causes sin and mistake
• Empowerment to remain undefiled
• Empowerment for the right attitude
• Pray that the Holy Spirit will keep you prepared daily for the day of the Lord’s visitation.

Prayer for physical empowerment

• pray for divine empowerment to prepare you to face and overcome any challenge in the year
• Father, grant me the grace and strengthen to prepare spiritually every day knowing fully that expected and unexpected challenges are inevitable this year: more importantly, prepare me for the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; may I not be found wanting, but ready.
• Pray for easement to overcome in every difficult situation that will pose to challenge your goal in the year
• Pray that the Lord will equip you with power, courage and boldness to pursue and succeed in all you undertakings.
• Pray for Divine source of energy to energize you and that you will never be weak nor weary throughout the year.

Prayers for empowerment to be focus
• No matter what the circumstance may be in year 2017, Lord Jesus, I focus my eyes on You to start and finish the year with me successfully
• Lord grant me the grace to be focus to the end of the year in order to achieve my goal regardless of any challenge
• Help me o Lord to avoid distractions from close associates or acquaintances that would want to discourage me from achieving my goal.
• Pray for Holy Spirit empowerment to help you stand your ground in faith no matter what the economy indices may dictate this year because you know you will overcome economy challenges.
• Pray to the Lord that as you progress in this race of life in year 2017, to remove from before you every spirit and agent of procrastination, delay or failure that will hinder your success and breakthrough
• Pray for divine will and power to help you ask big and grant you power to achieve big in your entire endeavor.
• Pray the Lord to grant you the grace to be sensitive every moment as you progress throughout the year

Prayers to overcome unforeseen and inevitable challenges

• Lord Jesus, I cleave unto you this year, let my life be full of life, full of light, full of truth and salt and prevent me from slipping off the track of my destiny
• Pray the Lord to Prevent and protect you from falling short of God’s standard and grant you the grace and strength to maintain every good thing that will come to you in the year.
• Uphold me O Lord and protect me and my family from every destructive and unsafe occurrences of this present world of numerous evil doers.
• Pray that God will lift you above mediocrity and grant you the spirit of excellence to excel and exalt you.

Prayers to depend on God in 2017

• Lord, my eyes are on you to help me this year
• Lord God, I look up unto You in year 2017 for help to overcome all challenges that will come my way
• Father, strengthen and empower me to run the race of life in year 2017 by being focus and endure to the end
• pray for divine empowerment for victory
• Lord give me the grace and empowerment to be obedient to Your instructions always;
• Father, destroy every confrontation and opposition that crosses my path to success and supernaturally remove any hindrance in my way to achieving my goal

God will reward you as He rewarded Jehoshaphat.

• The Lord will grant you sweat-less victory in all your undertakings in year 2017
• The Lord will be with you
• The Lord will establish you
• You will have riches and honor
• The Lord will give you rest round about;
• the fear of the Lord will fall upon your enemies that no one will be able to stand before you
• God will fight your battle
• Men and women will honor you – 2Ki. 3:14
• You will enjoy the fruit of this land

Prayer for establishment and fulfillment

• Pray that you will find grace in the sight of God
• Pray for favor upon you round about
• Pray that the Lord will mark your household for distinction in all your undertakings
• Pray that the Lord will consider your household for divine favor
• Pray that your household will encounter uncommon revelation of God’s goodness
• Pray to see God’s glory manifest in your life this new year
• Pray that the Lord will reveal His Glory to you
• Pray for the Lord to show you His way that you will follow in the year
• Pray not to experience any unpleasantries (wroth, evil judgment, death, evil information, sickness, unrest, disaster etc) throughout the year
• Pray for divine health and strength
• Pray that the Lord will create in your mind an attitude that will attract His presence in your life.
• Pray for uncommon extraordinary provision of God
• Pray for God’s protection and sustenance during the course of the year
• Pray that the Lord will give you rest roundabout.
• Pray as follows, Father let me hide myself in thee, in the cleft of Your Son Jesus throughout the year
• Pray that the presence of the Lord will go with you and your family in year 2017
Happy new year to all

Lawrence Abitogun
Christianedification.org

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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