A 2018 Mid-Year Review
We have been overwhelmed with the response to our Set Your Year for Success guideline that was released in December, and again in January. Many of you responded with interest and participation! As a result, I prayed for and anointed so many beautiful cards that held your visions, plans, and goals for the year ahead.
As we have arrived mid-year, I would like to share a fresh revelation on the subject of living in the FIRE of your IDENTITY.
The Fire of God comes with great responsibility. In many revivals, fire is viewed as renewing rather than equipping and empowering. We oftentimes see the fire of God as a visitation and not as a lifestyle. While the fire initially renews, we should also aspire to live a lifestyle of living in the fire. This is not limited to a momentary visitation; rather, it is an outpouring of fire, a glimpse of the enduring glory and presence that God is offering each of us to walk in.
Personally, when I think of fire, I filter my thoughts through a scientific background. As a child and young adult, I eagerly desired to be a firefighter. After high school I went to Los Angeles Harbor College to study fire science, graduating as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). There I learned that in a basic fire triangle, you see a balance between fuel, oxygen, and heat. When you have a fire it is either dispersed like a wildfire burning through a field, or condensed, like a blowtorch that cuts through steel.
When we ask the Lord to make us as lights, like a wildfire burning bright and spontaneously, or as flames, as a condensed fire that is under great pressure but can cut through iron and break the chains, we are choosing between those two types of fire. In the end-times it is wise to allow pressure in order to make us into highly condensed flames that can break the yokes and the chains of bondage!
My challenge for you in this season is to have a fresh revelation of who you are in the fire.
At the beginning of the year, we answered these three questions…
What is my Purpose? • What is my Identity? • What is my Destiny?
You were challenged to write your vision, set your goals, and commit to an accountability partner.
As you find yourselves mid-year, take time to sit down and review your vision and goals, and see where you are on your year of success:
- What major goals have I completed thus far in 2018 and what am I happy about?
- How can I better align with my overall purpose and the vision outlined in my 2018 Set Your Year for Success?
- What goal am I focusing on in the second half of the year, and when I reach this goal, what will it ultimately create in my life?
- Do I need to change my strategy to reach my goals, or am I content with the rate of my progress thus far?
- Am I embracing change or resisting it? How can I be open to greater growth and expansion?
- Have I surrounded myself with a good team who help me reach my goals? How can I surround myself with great people?
- What have I discovered about myself thus far this year?
Finally, I challenge you to think about the fact that what you do today determines your tomorrow. This principle applies to our lives, relationships, health, finances, and our futures.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Where you sow is where you grow, and what you help to make happen in others is what you will reap in your own life. This month, as we sow our seeds and review our goals, we are making sure that our finances align with our vision and our strategy. Our gifts of tithes and offerings are seeds and steps of strategic obedience that propel us into our future and lay the foundation for a great harvest and return. This month we give with “hands wide open.”
“… open your hand wide to your brother, to your poor and your needy…”—Deut. 11:15
Chag Shavuot Sameach,
Curt and Christie Landry
Founders, Curt Landry Ministries