What a way to start a New Year – The coldest it has been for New Year’s day in San Antonio in a long time – I hope that you have a new hope for the coming year. One filled with promise, in the scripture God himself says that there is a future planned just for you, one filled with hope for a good future. If you focus on the Lord and expectantly watch and listen I believe you will find him and you will be astonished by what will happen even in this coming year; for you personally and for those around us and the nations. Jeremiah 29:11-14
One way to expectantly wait is to declare blessings over yourself and others. One way to begin is:
Pick a bible verse in your favorite version or try one from one that you are not familiar with (it might give you a different understanding of the verse) & change it into a declaration for your life, use one of the examples or ask God to give you one just for you and expect it to change your heart
- Declare it out loud several times during the day… when it gets into your heart in a few weeks, months or take the entire year, then…
- Start blessings others with it (or begin by blessings others with and see how God reveals himself to you and those that you bless)
- Then pick another verse and begin again
Some examples: make it short enough to memorize and powerful enough to make an impact.
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” Ephesians 6:11
I declare I am clothed in and protected by God’s supernatural armor so I can outwit and outlast the enemy’s strategies.
“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Luke 1:45 (one of my favorites)
Today I declare that I am blessed because I believe God will fulfill His promises to me.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I declare that I have faith that turns my deepest longings into reality. Therefore, what I am longing for is already mine.
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible. But with God all things are possible.”
I declare that I will see God do the impossible in my situation
Proverb10:22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow to it.
I declare that all my needs are met, and I will be filled with joy!
Because you are close to me and always available my confidence will never be shaken, for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment. Psalms16:8.
I declare today will be a good day and that I walk with a confidence that will not be shaken because of the ever presence of God surrounding me.
When His lamp shone upon my head, and when by His light I walked through darkness; Job 29:3
I declare I will walk through the darkness because His glory shines on me and lights the way.
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I declare that the God of inspiration is a fountain of hope and fills me with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as I trust in him.
Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
I declare that the Father of glory gives me the spirit of wisdom and revelation to know him better.
Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Today I declare as I make God my utmost delight and pleasure of my life, he will provide for me what I desire most.
Your situation may not be what you would like them to be at the beginning of this new year. Remember it is aligning ourselves spirit, soul, and body to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit to see the sun rise over our mountains. Jesus promises to fill you with joy as your gratitude flourishes. Begin to nourish your heart with reminders of Jesus’ promises and thank Him.
This should be our example as Pasty Clairmont says “I’d like to express my gratitude to the Lord not only verbally, but by asking Him how to richly love on His people in word and deed.” Below is a New Year Blessing from Pasty Clairmont and wanted to share with you as it expresses my sentiments for you dear readers:
A New Year Blessing
May the year ahead find you flourishing because
you are growing in your expressions of love.
May your mind be stirred by God’s counsel
and your will be quickened. May you sing your new song
in such a manner that others find hope in
your continued transformation.
May the peace in your pace be palpable
that others might join you in the still waters of His grace.
May your words be measured and kind.
And may you find fresh reserves in Christ’s presence.
You may find Patsy Clairmont’s New Year article on her blog here
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