It’s time to set your year for success in 2018! How many times have you set New Year’s Resolutions only to find yourself going around the same mountain the following year?
It is my greatest joy to see other Believer’s, like YOU, stepping into their destinies in Christ.
This is YOUR year! Through the help of the Holy Spirit I’ve developed some actions steps to help you answer your unique call in this end time remnant. I want to give you the tools and resources you need to make this year successful.
Below I’ve provided the notes from my recent message “Set Your Year for Success 2018.” I encourage you to download my accountability worksheet and follow the instructions as I lay them out here.
I’ve also provided you with several key scripture references that will help you jumpstart your New Year. Don’t wait another minute! You can learn from yesterday’s failures! You ARE going to finish… and YOU are going to finish well.
YOUR FUTURE IS YOUR FOCUS!…
2018 is a year for the remnant in the Body of Christ to stand up in their identity as King-Priests. This year is a strategic time of realignment and it is imperative that we prepare to set our year for success.
I am telling you that this year will be a time of preparation that will empower exponential growth in the next seven years. But, if we do not answer the call this year, choosing to map out attainable goals for our future, then the return on our investment of time, tasks, talents, and abilities will be limited.
How do I answer the call of God on my life?
“Listen to Me, you who follow after righteousness, You who seek the Lord: Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father, and to Sarah who bore you; for I called him alone, and blessed him and increased him.”—Isaiah 52:1-2
This is a year where the Lord is going to release His inheritance to those who are listening and seeking after righteousness.
We must take time, starting TODAY, to figure out where we came from—asking questions about our identity in Christ?
What are my roots as a Believer? What is my inheritance?
We must be grafted-in to the Hebraic roots of the Bible. The more we understand (as Gentiles) exactly who we are within those roots, the more our blessings will increase.
God needs you to take time out to hear from Him for this coming year. Attainable goals must be set in order for growth. There are just too many distractions in our world that can keep us from missing the mark if we choose not to make a plan and stick to it. In other words, without a plan we will fail.
“Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession.”—Psalm 2:8
The Lord is asking us to ask for the inheritance of nations because worldwide revival will begin this year, starting first with Israel. This is why the United States and Israel’s Knesset has been working through a realigning process with Jerusalem this year. Both are getting into correct spiritual alignment in order to usher in the end-time harvest. They may not understand that, but it is true nevertheless.
“And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’”—Genesis 1:22
THIS IS A YEAR OF MULTIPLICATION!!!
What is My Identity?
According to Google definitions: “Identity is the fact of being. Who or What a Person or Thing is.”
We must BE who we are called to become and not just talk about it. If you’re struggling to define your own identity, ask yourself these questions.
- What do people call you?
- How do people describe you?
- How do I describe myself?
Now, how do these titles align with what the Word of God says about you? It’s time to understand who God has called us to be.
“…and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”—Revelation 1:6
We are called to be King-Priests, but so often the Body of Christ has lumped these into two separate categories, rather than understanding it is one calling that we are each called to fulfill in our own way. We are called to both prosper and minister for the Kingdom of God.
A King is a ruler of an independent state, especially one who inherits the position by right of birth. Note: The King is the most important chess piece on the board; it can move in any direction. You must capture the King to win the game of chess.
When we choose to give up our financial independence, Satan knows that he has greater control over us. This is why the Lord wants His people to walk debt free in 2018. When we don’t have dominion on earth, we will not have dominion in Heaven.
A Priest has the ordained authority to perform godly, holy works such as signs, wonders and miracles. Gifts of healing, words of wisdom, words or knowledge, faith, tongues, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, prayer, preaching, teaching, praise and worship.
This is a year where you take authority as a Priest in the heavenlies, while also operating as a King by bringing the manifestation of those prayers into the earth. Are you hearing me? This is a huge cultural shift in the Body of Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”—2 Corinthians 5:17
2018 will be a year where the misalignment of 2017 will no longer be tolerated. God is setting a higher standard for this coming year. We must answer the call and here’s how…
- Believe: Accept (something) as true, feel sure of the truth. Convinced by trust, have confidence in, ready to take action.
- Receive: Be given a gift, or presented with. Awarded, to take possession, acquire, obtain, gain gross net increase.
- Possession: The state of having, owning or controlling something. Guardianship, title holder.
- Impartation: transference of authority or power.
We cannot believe and then never take the steps to follow the Holy Spirit in order to take possession.
So many of us are afraid of failure, but many more are afraid of success. You have to understand that challenges will come. This is why I’m walking you through this process.
One way to deal with challenges is by praying in the opposite spirit. Here is an example: Sowing love where there is hatred. If we don’t take these simple steps, it then becomes our responsibility to repent and set things right where we have allowed things to get off-track.
Believing and Receiving are not the same thing…
Believing for something is a fairly simple act of faith, but Receiving requires taking action on your newfound belief. That is why the Bible says, “Faith without works is dead.”
How can I complete my call without the finances to make it happen?
“And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them.”—Deuteronomy 28:13
“A feast is made for laughter, and wine makes merry; but money answers everything.”—Ecclesiastes 10:19
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.”—Proverbs 13:22
You may not win every race that you run, but you have the opportunity to do your best. God’s Word states that being the best is a byproduct of serving Him faithfully. Do your best work this year, and just see how faithful He is to strengthen your talents and skills.
Be diligent to follow His instruction, although others may scorn you for it, He will be faithful. Remember, sometimes it is better to win the race of inner conviction than to win the trophy of the Olympics.
God’s Word clearly states that His wealth is to be used by the righteous for His Kingdom. This is the year where we need to be completely free of a poverty and orphan spirit. It is a year to make peace with money.
People fear success as much as they fear failure. Can I share some insight after 40 years in the business world? Once you are at peace with success or failure… that is what you will become.
If you are at peace with becoming successful, even when you fail, you’ll get back up and move forward. And if you are more comfortable being the victim, always seeking others to bail you out… then that is what you will get. You see, that is a spirit that has to be broken off your life.
We must understand that when we set out to be successful it comes with great responsibility, because we will be able to make a greater impact on those in need around us.
“The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, and He adds no sorrow with it.”—Proverbs 10:22
Let me ask you one more question in regard to success and money… If money is the answer to all things, and the blessings of the Lord makes one rich, then shouldn’t the Church be on top of their finances?
It’s time to deal with any orphan and poverty spirit still trying to operate in our lives—speaking the truth of who we are called to be. Below is a daily decree that you can begin practicing right now.
Daily Decree for Identity:
I am a Holy son/daughter of the King of the Universe. He has made me His King and Priest. He has empowered me by His Holy Spirit to take dominion on earth as a King, and in Heaven as a Priest. I am the head and not the tail. I am an ambassador empowered to reverse all curses and release blessings in their place.
Simple steps to maintaining our identity in 2018:
- Double and increase your water intake
- Walk a minimum of 15 minutes every day
- Start out each morning with 20 minutes in prayer and devotions
- This year give your time and talents away
- Follow through on your financial giving plans
- Invest more time with friends and family
- Purchase less things that cause maintenance—simplify your lifestyle
- Play worship music in your home and in your car instead of talking on the phone
- Review your success worksheet at least once a week
- Increase the time you spend outside without a cellphone
- Put your cellphone away one hour before you go to bed
- Always do more than what is expected of you
- Give more and take less
- Plan quarterly three-day getaways to refresh and reflect
- At the close of each day, remember and give thanks to the Lord for all that has been given to you. (If you go to sleep thankful, you’ll wake up refreshed. If you go to sleep worried, you’ll wake up tired.)
All these things will help you maintain your identity. You need to know who you are called to be.
Join us next time for Part 2 of the first of the year accountability series, intended to empower you for greatness, where I will share next on how to walk in your purpose and destiny.