“Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.”

– 2 Timothy 1:6 HCSB

Happy New Year! 

Welcome to the 1st weekly devotional recap of the year. This week, we took a look at how to prepare for the new year, what to do with prophecies and how to keep our devotional altars intentionally burning.

We started the week with the devotional, “New Year: What’s next?”. We were admonished to approach the year with the leading of God, prayer, keeping ourselves in remembrance of the prophecies that have gone ahead of us, and positioning ourselves as people on whom God can rely. Furthermore, we were encouraged to step out boldly in executing God’s instructions, following Paul’s example in Acts 20:22-24.

On Tuesday, we looked at three things to do to make sure we see a fulfilment of God’s word in our lives. We were encouraged to remember those prophecies, meditate on them, and continuously speak them over our lives, like Joshua admonished the Israelites.  

“This book of instruction must not depart from your mouth, you are to recite it day and night so that you may carefully observe everything written in it. For then you will prosper and succeed in whatever you do.” Joshua 1:8 HCSB 

Furthermore, we should war with prophecies in the place of prayers (2 Timothy 1:6), thus receiving further instructions. Finally, we must step out and carry out those instructions (James 1:22-25) because action is the key to seeing the reward of obedience.

We continued the week on Wednesday with a charge to “Fan the flames”. Here, we were instructed to be intentional about keeping our fervour for the things of God. Like Apostle Paul says in our anchor scripture, we must realise that it is our duty to keep the fire on our altars burning. We can do this by setting a prayer schedule and keeping to it, consistent study and meditation on God’s word, and accountability.

On Thursday, we looked at the importance of the right environment in our effectiveness and growth as believers, as emphasised in the book of Hebrews. 

“And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works, not staying away from our worship meetings, as some habitually do, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25 HCSB

Isolation is not God’s intention for us so we should carefully curate our friends and be intentional about our local church attendance. In addition, we must not allow strife and offence to prevail among us. 

We rounded up the week with a reminder on the importance of relationships. As we excel in other aspects of our lives, we must also excel in our relationships. We examined horizontal and vertical spiritual relationships. 

We have and build vertical relationships with our spiritual leaders who we should honour, pray for and support them in every way we can (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). In relating horizontally with fellow believers, we should make a conscious effort to know, support, and be kind to them (Proverbs 3:27, Galatians 6:10).

God has great plans for you this year. Do well to play an active role in bringing them to pass. Make use of every resource available to have a robust experience with God this year. Pray, study, grow, and don’t settle for less.

Cheers to a great 2023! 

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