I love entering into a new year.. it feels so full of promise and anticipation. It’s like a blank sheet of paper that has yet to be written on. I usually take this last week of December to reflect on the previous year and on the coming year…. what do I want to take with me into this year and what do I want to leave behind.
For the past couple of years I’ve been on a journey of grace and discovering what that looks like from God’s perspective. I’ve been diligently learning to read Scripture through the lens of the New Testament… through grace and the finished work of the Cross and Resurrection. My mind is daily being renewed. This grace journey is something I will definitely be continuing and taking into 2018. As for things to leave behind, I want to care less what people think this year. I want to do less over thinking and let my writing just flow gracefully from my heart. I also want to relax more and not feel so rushed and busy…. slowing down to enjoy the things I love.
As we head into 2018 I hear the words “new beginnings” and “manifestations.” 2018 is 5778 in the Hebrew calendar. 70 is ayin in Hebrew which is seeing and watching as well as knowledge…. it is a word describing insight or seeing with God’s perspective. Eight is chet in Hebrew which represents grace as well as new beginnings.
The Cross was a new beginning for ALL. I want to have a deeper revelation of that this year. A greater understanding of who I am IN CHRIST and what that new life IN HIM looks like…. lived out in the day to day. To have a more intimate knowledge of my oneness with Him. Being a more accurate reflection of His life lived through me. So that like Paul I can say “I live yet not I but Christ who lives within me and this new life I live, I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave His life for me.”
I want to get rid of all hindrances this year in my thinking that would get in the way of the manifestation of all that He is in me….. because as He is so am I. I want this new life to supernaturally flow naturally out of me daily…. to heal the sick, raise the dead, minister grace and set the captives free. And most importantly, to show what God is really like. For His love to flow freely this year through me. No longer seeing others after the flesh but to see them as they truly are, made in the image and likeness of God.
I want to be less sin conscious this year and be more grace conscious. I want a greater understanding of Colossians 2:15: And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. To realize the depth of that word… disarmed! That IN HIM evil doesn’t exist. In Him there is not even a memory of an enemy. To understand that in that place… in Him… on this highway of holiness (Isaiah 35)…. No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there.
To me all of that seems like a tall order for the year. But IN HIM all things are possible. I will just lean into His grace allowing my beautiful Holy Spirit to lead me to that place of rest. Allowing Him to teach me what unrestrained intimacy between Him and I look like.
May this year be exceedingly, abundantly, above all you could ever ask, think, or imagine. May all of your dreams and desires manifest this year as you go deeper and higher in your fellowship with Him.