2014 is gone forever. We have moved into a brand-new year. 2015 has arrived unexplored and yet to be conquered. As you move forward in 2015 consider these four kingdom principles. They are found in Proverbs 30: 24-28.
WE NEED PREPARATION FOR THE FUTURE (v.25)
“Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer.” There are more than 15,000 kinds of ants. Regardless of the kind of ants, they enjoy summer picnics. While we are having a splash in the pool or fun in the park, they are enjoying our hamburgers, potato chips and related foods. They take part of our food and they stored up for the winter. Ants are wiser than most humans!
In 2015, prepare for the future. We need to prepare relationally, financially, spiritually and mentally for the future. Choose your friends carefully and sow into them. Put some money away for a rainy day. Determine to become deeper spiritually than you’ve ever been. Build margin into your life. Winter is coming for each of us!
WE NEED PROTECTION FROM OUR FOE (v. 26)
“Conies are creatures of little power, yet they make their home in the rocks.” Conies are similar to badgers. They know they are no match for the vultures flying above so they hide in the rocks.
As we move in the 2015, we need to take cover and prepare our lives carefully. The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. There is nothing good about our enemy. We must never under estimate the power of the angelic world. The spiritual world is more resourceful and real then the physical world. We are not just human beings having a spiritual experience but we are spiritual beings having a human experience! We don’t just need a piece of the rock but we need peace in the rock.
We need to place ourselves under the authority of Jesus Christ and be over the power of our enemy at the same time. We need fellow servants who will cover us in prayer and will stand with us to fight the good fight of faith.
WE NEED PARTNERSHIP FOR THE FIGHT (v. 27)
“Locusts have no king, yet they advance together in ranks.” We can do things together we could never do by ourselves. Partnership is the power of synergy. The Bible teaches personal faith but it does not teach each individual faith. I need you and you need me. Interdependence is better than independence or dependence!
In order for a network to flourish and grow, there needs to be a common, noble cause that is bigger than ourselves, but at the same time no king other than Jesus Christ. When locusts are working together they are almost unstoppable. They have been known to fly together in a width of 200 miles, going across open prairies and fields, destroying everything that comes in their way. If we are going to advance and take new ground in 2015, then we are going to have to serve together.
WE NEED PERSISTENCE IN THE FAITH (v. 28)
“A lizard can be caught with the hand, yet it is found in kings’ palaces.” This small creature is amazing; you can pick him up and throw him out but he will find his way back into our home and sometimes bring a family member with him! He is determined to live in kings’ palaces though he is a very small creature.
We may not have much strength or we may not have a large church, but we can determine to live in the palace of the king. We, by faith, can take hold of the promises of God and dwell in the court of our King!
In 2015, we have to “keep on keeping on” each week. My coach always said, “winners never quit and quitters never win!” Sin will never win and faith in God will never fail! I believe this year will be the stretching year! A year of stretching the stakes and enlarging the tents! James Davis, projects that in the next 12 months, the global Church will grow by more than 300,000 new churches and by at least 60,000,000 new converts!
As a network let’s stand together in prayer and support each other as we pursue our full kingdom potential!
Don’t miss Activate 2015 – SEEK AND SAVE, February 27-28. It is a great opportunity to learn and grow, build relationships and share ideas!
(Adapted from an email by James O. Davis, Billion Soul Networks).