Here we are again, the end of one year and the beginning of another. Many of us find ourselves looking back at where we were a year ago, analyzing our life and the things that took place throughout, and then deciding what we want to let go of and what we want to bring into the New Year.
Last year the "word" our Heavenly Father gave me to speak forth was the word "glory." We know today that we are the glory of the Father where Scripture has declared that the whole earth is now filled with His glory. This year has been a time for us to declare who we are in Christ while living in our natural body. God said it was a year of "resting" in the Lord, even though many of us found ourselves dealing with trials and tribulations saying to ourselves, "Well, I guess I missed something this past year because I experienced everything, but rest. My year has ended with me feeling exhausted with all the trials and tribulations I went through."
God says, "REJOICE!" Each of those situations was a cleansing and a refining of the glory of God in you to be manifested! God loves you so much that He gave His life to you. He now wants you to manifest HIS LIFE out of you filling the earth with the manifestation of the sons of God. Paul explained this in Romans 8:18-21, "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God" (NIV).
The number "eight" is symbolic for new birth, new creation, and/or new beginning. This is the year that we close the door to anything that is not of our Heavenly Father. This is the year that we ARE the manifested body of Christ Jesus for we have the mind of Christ in us today. Our natural mind will not receive the spiritual understanding that God has given us (1 Cor. 2:14-16). We will continue to go through a refining time until we accept. God does not need us to defend Him. He needs us to BE His manifestation as kings and priests, children of the Most High God. "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God" (Matt. 5:9 KJV).
As children of God, we have the ability to produce the fruit of His Holy Spirit: "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law" (Gal. 5:22-24 NIV). Our choices given to us in life are not whether we are going to heaven or hell, but whose mind do we choose to hear. When negative thoughts come before us each day, rather than justifying to ourselves with "yea" or "nea," is this right or wrong, we must decide that today our house (body of Christ) has chosen to serve the Lord as His body. Bad habits are hard to break, but if we take one day at a time, our Heavenly Father promises us that we will overcome every opposition.
The "word" for moving forwars is "peace." Let His peace begin in each of us. When old familiar habits try to rise up, let us remind ourselves that I have been "crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain" (Gal. 2:20-21 KJV). Confront those thoughts and habits with BEING the new creation that has been hid in Christ, but is now manifested by dwelling on what Paul taught in Phil. 4:4-9:
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you" (NIV).
"And after eight days (a new beginning) again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut (the logic and reasoning of our natural understanding), and stood in the midst (Christ within you), and said, Peace be unto you"
(John 20:26 KJV).
Jesus said to the disciples, "Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you (the body of Christ). And when he had said this, he breathed (gave resurrected life) on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost (the identity and power of your Heavenly Father): Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained" (John 20:21-23 KJV).
May the grace, peace, and forgiveness of sins be received in your heart so that you can give this to others as God has given this to you; for "as He is, so are you in this world" (1 John 4:17).