Welcome to the year 2020. It is our year of divine perfection. God, true to His nature, will perfect everything that concerns His children in this divine year. Every year we get inspiration from the Holy Spirit about what we should focus on in the new year. It has been a wonderful journey as I looked back at what the Holy Spirit has done and is still doing amongst us here at CICC. I could not but marvel at the direction the Lord has led us through His divine spirit. In January 2016, the Holy Spirit led us to seek revival and renewal. It was a time of intense prayer amongst us at CICC. Our prayer life had not remained the same ever since. Little did we know that the Lord was Himself preparing us for the future. Prayer and the grace of God had upheld us here at CICC in the last few years and we give God the glory. When I listened to the testimonies on Crossover Night and each testimonial giving glory to God for answered prayer, I marveled again at how faithful our God has been. We surely serve a living God.
Faith has carried us thus far and I just want to encourage brethren this morning to keep our faith alive and strong. This year, 2020, is a different year. Only very few people will experience this kind of year, and those who do will most likely experience it once in their lifetime. It is a year full of divine grace. Based on our life experience, it is a year of perfect vision. Well, one can argue that only God has perfect vision, ours is never perfect. However, from our point of view when our vision is normal, it is perfect. As stated in Habakkuk 2:2, seeing clearly makes action swifter. “Write the vision and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it”. When God’s purpose for us is made crystal clear to us, we can more perfectly carry out His will for us.
As we proceed in this new year, there is a scripture I want us to commit to memory: – “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Ephesians 5:15-17. As we look forward to God perfecting all that concerns us in this year, let us be careful to understand what God’s will for us is, because God will only perfect His will for us, not our whimsical requests. As we seek God’s perfection, let us have in mind that God is not in the business of perfecting foolish requests or prayers; and God also cares about how you live your life even when the year is a year of divine perfection.
Apostle Paul here says we should be careful how we live our life. We must not live the life of foolish people. Only a foolish man will start making requests of a father that they have always disrespected. Only a foolish man will make a request of a father they have always disobeyed. Only a foolish man will make a request of a father that they have always held in contempt. So, as we look up to a God who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, we must also be ready to live as He wants us to live. Yes, we must understand His will for us and live according to His divine purpose for us.
So, what do you think God’s will is for you in this new year? Do you think He wants you to be distracted by a load of care that you hardly have time for spiritual things? What do you think God’s will is for you this year? Know this, that God can make every impossible become possible. He can perfect everything that concerns you if you walk according to His divine purpose. Whatever He has promised will come to pass, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” – Habakkuk 2:3. For those who have walked in His purpose and those who have been earnestly seeking His face to walk in His purpose, your year of perfection is here. Just believe and it shall come to pass, but be careful not to be foolish. – Pastor Simbo Odunaiya