Enjoy this guest blog from Pastor Helen Gwyn - Helen is a voice of encouragement and life in my world, and I know that what she has to share will empower you for 2017.
When I talk to my friends just after Christmas and at the beginning of a new year, I often hear them say 'I feel overwhelmed.' We can get so used to that phrase when we look at the pressures of Christmas bills, holiday expenses, the going back to school costs, those extra kilos we didnt want added to our middle, the in-laws relationship tensions, the ....... well the list could go on. But what if we could hear that word used in a phrase with a different context? What if we were to say, 'I feel overwhelmed at the provision of God?'
Jesus sends out His apostles saying:
'Take nothing extra on your journey. Just go as you are. Don't carry a staff, a backpack, food, money, not even a change of clothes.'
When Jesus sent out his disciples there was a revelation that he wanted them to carry. As well as sending them out with His power and authority, He also needed them to carry a knowledge that He is able - able to provide all of our needs according to His riches in glory. The kingdom is one of faith, and it is impossible to please God without it. The disciples needed to have faith that God would provide their needs. This had to be their belief just as strongly as knowing their identity in Christ.
You are entering a new year, a new chapter and maybe even a new season. What are you carrying with you that you are putting your trust in? What are you needing to leave behind before you enter this new beginning?
As we follow Christ, as we get sent out to be His disciples and to make disciples, we need to go with the same revelation that those first disciples had. He is our provider.
What would it look like for you to enter this new year with the truth that 'He is able to provide your needs?'
What area of your life are you you needing faith instead of fear?
Why don't you take a moment to bring those areas to God and ask Him to provide.
Join with me in praying this prayer:
Father, help me to enter this new year with a renewed sense of faith. Not faith in my resources and abilities; not faith in my possessions or bank account, but a faith in You. As I follow You, let my walk be one that others want to follow. Let my trust in You be a beacon of hope to those who are carrying things into their next season that they dont need to carry. You are a good good Father. Amen
Then over the next few months why dont you message Aimee with a testimony titled, 'I feel overwhelmed at the provision of God.'
One of my favourite pass-times as a kid was writing. I used to make my own books and write poetry on our old type-writer. Thankfully both my writing and technology have come a long way!
It is my prayer that these posts from both myself and guest contributors encourage you to embrace the season that you are in and to live it with purpose for God's glory.
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