15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” – Mark 16:15-18New International Version (NIV)
Happy New Years my brothers and sisters! I’m not sure what your new year goal is for this year, but mines is to live boldly for the Lord. I know our society has taught us that a new year is a new us. That we should create this ridiculous list of what to expect this year from ourselves and everyone around us. However like I mentioned in the last post, you can’t have a new year new you if you entered this year with the same old mindset. So I encourage you that whatever you have plan for this year for yourself or love ones; may it be to purposely be bold and intentional with every move. How many of you want to have a full year of being bold and intentional with God?
I myself could admit that last year I did as much as I believe I was able to for the Lord. That was so wrong of me in so many ways. I put a limit on myself when my father viewed me as limitless. I hindered at times my progress because it required me to be uncomfortable at times. I did all this, not my God. Toward the end of the year I decided to change that attitude. I literally one day just sat in my bedroom and spoke life into my life. I started saying out loud all the promises that the Lord has given us in the bible. I started shutting down my old mentally and speaking like the Victoria God has named me to be. I cried in agony for a while because I know I had to let die something that I have been use to for all my life, in order to live this new life God said. My tears at the moment were for seeing my old self leaving me, and now this new me that I couldn’t understand. It’s so annoying and hard at times when people begin to say to you “ You have changed so much I don’t know who you are any more”. No one likes hearing that, at least not your old self. However your new self will rejoice when such things are being said about you. All this was becoming my day to day experience. I didn’t understand but felt a change that only God himself will confirm over and over again.
Has this happened to you? The moment I did what God wanted me to do, which was speak life into my life and allow my old self to die; literally wonders have happened since then. I no longer do foolish things like try to purposely limit myself but accept challenges even if I’m drowning in fear. Honestly fear only last 5 minutes and then comfort, confidence, and excitement come rushing in. I welcomed the new year the same way I ended it. I welcomed this new year with a mission to live boldly and intentional for God. Believing that signs will follow me because Im choosing to fully believe in the one who send me and gave me authority in this world. Im going to live boldly and intentional for the one who moves boldly and intentional for me. It’s only right that I begin to look and act like the daughter that I was called to be. It’s only right that as a daughter I reflect my father in everything that I can.
Who’s willing to live boldly and intentional for God this year? The gospel is light and we are called to be light amongst the darkness. Do you want to be the light? Do you truly? Being the light is sometimes shining bright through situations you might not understand and experience pain in. Being the light is at times moving and not knowing your destination. Being the light is fighting to keep it on while other fight you to turn it off. LET’S BE THE LIGHT THE LORD SPEAKS ABOUT! WHY LIVE IN DARKNESS WHEN THE ONE WHO IS WITHIN YOU, WANTS TO LIGHT YOUR PATH OUTWARDLY FROM WITHIN. SIGNS WILL FOLLOW YOU ONCE YOU BELIEVE THE ONE WHO IS SENDING YOU!