I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but its important to look ahead as Christmas Day draws near. For example, if you pray without faith, will God honor your requests? But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord, James 1″6-7. In the same way, if you don’t believe in the Holy Spirit’s power to transform your situation, don’t expect great things in 2015.
One of my favorite scenes from a movie occurs in Facing the Giants. As a football coach questions his reason for remaining at Shiloh High, he encounters a man sent from God. Speaking in a parable like Jesus, this wise elder sheds light on the secret to success in life. Whenever a farmer prepares his field annually for the next crop, each expects the Lord to provide rain. However, if you wait too long before you sow seeds in faith, you can miss the harvest.
Therefore, looking ahead, developing a vision is vital for 2015. Although no one but God knows what the future holds, what are you passionate about? What motivates you to get up before the sun rises? If you’re drawing a blank, don’t worry because you have another 2 weeks to reflect these questions. As you reach out in prayer to discover an answer, may the Lord fill you with faith for 2015 and beyond.
by Jay Mankus