“And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]” Read Philippians 3:10 (TPT). Beloved, may I suggest 20/20 should be more about seeking the face of God and not what is in His hands. Let Him be first, the be-all and end-all. Beloved 20/20 and beyond should be “so that I may know Him?” How? Through experience and being acquainted with Him. Wow! there is much to unpack in this Scripture.
I have not said don’t have resolutions for your life, but make sure their origins are founded on a strong foundation on God’s Word. For example, one might decide they want to spend more time studying God’s word next year which is a good thing, however, without God’s help, it might become a pipe dream. So what should you do in such an instance? The Bible says, “Give God the right to direct your life, and as you trust Him along the way you’ll find He pulled it off perfectly!” Read Psalm 37:5 (TPT). Can you see this? It is God helping you and me to pull off the unexpected. The Scripture admonishes us, “Before you do anything, put your trust totally in God and not in yourself. Then every plan you make will succeed.” Read Proverbs 16:3 (TPT). First things first!
The Bible says, “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.” Read Lamentations 3:40 (TPT). Listen to this, “to search and try our ways” is to examine our ways through the lens of His word; which is a lamp and a light to our path and feet. Once we have examined our lives, the next instruction is “and turn again to the Lord.” In other words, the outcome of our search will reveal areas in our lives which will require us to seek God’s help by turning to God again; someone calls it a time of “spiritual investment.”
This is my prayer for you and me as we joyfully and sacrificially journey into 20/20; “God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I’m walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways— the path that brings me back to you.” Read Psalm 139:23-24 (TPT).
My Father, thank You so much for keeping me and my family. Really, I am absolutely appreciative of who You are to me; my Father, my redeemer, my healer, my deliverer, my righteousness, my joy and Lord and Saviour. Oh, Glory, Hallelujah!
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