Bible Passage(s): Isaiah 35: 1 - 10
Memory Verse: "The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose; It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the Excellency of our God." Isaiah 35: 1 - 2
I always take delight in watching plants grow in my orchard at home, especially the orange and mango trees, when they are in bloom and blossom into beautiful flowers, producing fruits. During this period, I go every morning to watch them. There can be no fruit without the plant first blooming into a bud and then blossoming into beautiful flowers.
In like manner, when a people blossom, they become attractive like flowers, they are successful, confident and strong! They become the cynosure of all eyes and many people will want to have a part or share of them.
Brethren, this is our year of Blossoming! A year in which the Lord will set us apart for maximum impact and make us hugely successful and strong! As recorded in the reference passage, the children of Israel had hitherto been held captive in Babylon. Their land laid waste and the glory of Zion, the Lord’s city, had departed. The land had become parched and thirsty, taken up by jackals, thorns and briers. But when the time of the Lord’s visitation came, the people’s captivity was turned back and the glory of the land was restored!
Hitherto you may have been having an experience akin to that of the people of Israel. The Word of the Lord comes to you on this dawn of the New Year 2018; He has turned your captivity around and you shall blossom and become the cynosure of all eyes! People shall come to the light of your rising. You shall make great impact and be celebrated!
Therefore, the year 2018, I charge you to ‘‘Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy; because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you. The multitude of camels shall cover your land, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come; they shall bring gold and incense, and they shall proclaim the praises of the Lord. All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together to you, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you; they shall ascend with acceptance on My altar, and I will glorify the house of My glory’’. (Isaiah 60: 1 – 7) This shall be for you; a year of maximum development says the Lord of Host.
Have a blessed month and a year of great and maximum impact.
May the Lord bless and keep you. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace, now and forevermore. Amen.
Prayer Points for the Year 2018
1. Thank the Lord for making you to cross over safely into the year 2018. It is indeed His doing and it is marvelous in our sight. Many of us travelled extensively this year, on the roads, in the air, on the seas and even on the rails. The Lord kept you safe and that is why you are here today. Sign praises to Him and adore His Holy name.
2. Look back over year 2017 and recount His many blessings in your life. Year 2017 was our year of New Things and Good Tidings. That year the Lord told you that ‘you will receive good news of the great provisions that have been made ready for you beyond your borders and you will take possession of them’. If this was fulfilled in your life, why don’t you list them out and thank Him for each of them.
3. Place your journey this year before the Lord and pray that He will fulfil His Words in your life; that you will blossom, exceedingly successful and be a reference point in your family, profession and your Nation at large.
4. Pray that the Lord will bring you to the attention of the world this year and that you shall make maximum impact in all your ways.
5. Are there still vestiges or areas where you are still looking up to God for intervention? Pray and ask for His intervention and that He should turn your captivity around this year.
6. Pray that the Lord will grant you ‘Institutional Favour’ this year. Even where you don’t expect, that He will make you to be sought after and let the lines fall unto you in pleasant places.
7. Pray for your Nation and ask that the Lord will turn her captivity around and make the incredible to happen for her this year.
8. Pray that the Lord will continue to bring peace to our World and that this year. That He will perfect all that He has started in bringing peace to the world.