Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! The easiest way to photocopy your past and paste it into your future is to crossover into the new year without a master plan. You cannot get to your destination as long as you’re traveling on a treadmill. The treadmill might be showing that you have covered ten kilometers, but you’re still stuck in the same location. Crossing over to the new year without a plan is simply activities without movement.
If you crossover into the new year and still sleep the way you did this year, nothing will change around you no matter the volume of anointing oil you drink. If you crossover into the new year and retain your circle of friends, spend twenty-four hours the same way you have always done, spend money without budget, and literally live as if nothing has happened, you have indirectly photocopied your 2016 and pasted it into 2017.
Sir Isaac Newton’s first law of motion changed my life drastically. It is sometimes referred to as the law of inertia. It states that; “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” If I paraphrase this law it will read like this; “Every object is at a state of rest until an external force is applied to it.”
This law revealed to me that nothing will happen around me unless I counter the old motion with new motion. For example, your life is already in motion, and it is ready to crossover into the new year the same way it has always been. If nothing happens to alter it, or to rearranged it, nothing will ever change until you die. That is why many people pray and fast, and still die broke. The praying and fasting generated supernatural power, but until you put it into use, nothing will ever change around you.
Am sure you have seen a beggar that have been in that profession for twenty years. The question is, what did he do with the millions of Naira or Dollars he got from the begging business? Nothing changed around that beggar because he refused to change the direction his life is going. Why is your business not flourishing as you anticipated? Because you refused to change the motion. As long as your thinking remains the same, your daily activities remains the same, the way you spend money remains the same, the number of hours you sleep in a day remains the same, nothing will change around you!
Don’t forget what Sir Isaac Newton said, “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” If you fail to set in motion some unbalanced forces around your life as we crossover to the new year, nothing will ever change.
The point is, if you desire some changes around you, you must change something you do. If you want next year to be better than this year, you must change the way you lived and behaved this year. Lets consider six different areas you must strategically plan for before we crossover into the new year.
1. Your Spiritual Life. The plan of God for you and I is not to be chasing after prophets and anointing oil. His plan is not for you and I to be running after people for prayers and deliverance, but to take spiritual responsibility! As long as you have chosen to remain as a spiritual infant that is still wearing diapers in the spirit, you will keep looking for prayer contractors. Look at what Jesus said concerning signs and wonders:
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:17-28. Signs and wonders are your redemptive rights, but if you choose to remain a spiritual infant the rest of your life, you will be running after signs and wonders! If you want to be on fire for God next year, you must take these steps.
A. Design A Bible Study Plan. There is no force on earth that is as powerful as the Word of God. The daily intake of God’s Word is the number one weapon you need to overcome every demonic forces and reign in life. Nothing hummiliates the devil like the Word of God. The Word of God is the spiritual structural engineer that can rebuild your entire life and place you on the platform of Kingdom rulership. Look at how Saint Paul puts it; “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32.
The Word of God carries enough light that can dispel every darkness around you. You cannot be thoroughly Worded and darkness finds a place to stay in your spirit. The Word of God can choke every form of darkness, diseases, and satanic oppression to death. Look at how Saint John illustrated it;
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5. So when you are thoroughly Worded, darkness will flee from your life and destiny. Vow from the first day of the new year to feast on the Word.
The Bible contains 31,102 verses. The Old Testament contains 23,145 verses, while the New Testament contains 7,957 verses. The number of words in the Bible varies according to the version. For example, the King James version has 805,649 words and the New International Version (NIV) has 741,065 words. The entire Bible contains 1,189 chapters. There are 929 chapters in the Old Testament, and 260 chapters in the New Testament.
If you divide 1,189 chapters of the Bible by 365 days, you will have 3.2 chapters. That means, if you can study or read four chapters of the Bible daily, you will read it from cover to cover before 31st December 2017! To break it down further, if you divide 805,649 words by 365 days, all you are required to study or read each day is 2,208 words! Can’t you see that it’s not difficult to read the Bible from cover to cover?
If you’re a fast reader and you can comfortably read seven chapters of the Bible daily, then before June 2017, you have read the Bible from cover to cover! So in your spiritual plan for next year, the first thing on the list should be to read either four or seven chapters of the Bible daily, and you must start on the first day of January! To get yourself ready for this spiritual activity, kindly start today.
B. Prayer. There are different kinds of prayer, but you must understand that the number one reason why we pray is not to beg God for things or to kill your enemies, but to fellowship with God. In my personal prayer, I hardly ask God for anything. I simply come into His presence and flow in the language of the Holy Spirit. To become spiritually ruggedized next year, you must write down the number of hours you want to pray daily according to your strength.
Anytime am conducting minister’s training I usually give them the assignment of praying for minimum of five hours daily. But if you cannot pray for five hours, kindly pray for at least, thirty minutes or one hour. If you can pray for one hour daily, by the end of next year, you would have successfully prayed for 365 hours! Just imagine how spiritually ruggedized you will become. Just imagine the number of calamities you would have averted.
Dear friend, to have a great future, you must be ready to pay a great price. I don’t want you to crossover into next year casually. I want you to sit down like a soldier who is preparing for war and strategically design the steps you will take. In the subsequent parts of this discussion, we will look at other areas of life we must plan for. If you want me to continue with this topic, kindly send ‘yes’ to +234 7032681254. Get ready for unprecedented accomplishments in 2017! See you at the top!
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