As we begin 2012 I am reminded that the Christian life is a walk of faith. The best description of faith in the Bible comes from Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. What are you hoping for in 2012?
Faith is the key we all need to open the door of a New Year and walk into our God-given destiny. God has a plan for your life. Without faith that plan will never be revealed to you and it will never be attained. What a tragedy to go through this life never discovering the real reason you were born! Recently God placed this question on my heart: What is your confession? I see two aspects to confession.
Confession of Sin – which gives you access to the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ, your Saviour and Confession of Faith – which gives you access to all the promises of God through Jesus Christ, your High Priest. The success of 2012 depends of what issues from your mouth. Lately I have begun observing t-shirt slogans. I read one recently that said: I am debt challenged. His confession is that he is broke and until he changes his confession he will remain broke! Check your wardrobe and note what confession you are making! I have lived with the reality of Rheumatoid Arthritis for 32 years but my confession of faith remains: “By His stripes I am healed.” Your reality may be that you are in financial difficulty but your confession of faith must be: “In Christ I have abundance – enough for myself and to bless others”. Your reality may be that you are struggling with your studies but your confession of faith must be: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This is not positive thinking. It is having faith in Jesus Christ, your High Priest. Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus (Hebrews 3:1) Believers have the privilege of a compassionate High Priest in heaven. Jesus understands your reality better than anyone else but He is watching to see what your confession will be this year. When your confession lines up with the Word of God, Jesus will bring your confession to pass. Christians are not expected to deny their realities but God requires us to walk by faith and it starts with your mouth. But without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). Wishing you all a faith-filled 2012!