Happy New Year! 12/28/16
I hope/PRAY you had a wonderful and memorable Christmas!!
I, for one, am SO glad it is over!!
1 Timothy 6:10 (KJV)
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from
the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
I have never been more thrilled about tomorrow
Sunshine's always bursting through the skies of gray
I just feel like something good is about to happen
And brother, this could be (my brother)
Brother, this could be (my sister)
Brother, this could be that very day.
I can honestly say today:
I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE THRILLED ABOUT TOMORROW!!!"
After all the stress and confusion of Christmas 2016, 2017 awaits us!
SEVENTEEN: Perfection of spiritual order
The seventh prime number.
Seventeen can mean double spiritual perfection plus the completion of Divine will = 2 x 7 + 3.
Seventeen is also the sum of two perfect numbers 7 + 10 = perfection of spiritual order. For example, see
and the series of seven blessings in the form of questions followed by ten answers. Also see
where the Old Covenant and New are contrasted. Seven statements refer to Old Covenant and ten to the New. In both these New Testament passages, the New (10) is superior to the Old (7).
The seventeenth of Nisan during Passion Week was the Old Covenant Feast of Firstfruits. It was also the day of Jesus' Resurrection when He defeated sin and death [
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 17
the number 17 symbolizes "overcoming the enemy" and "complete victory."
overcame the sins of rebellious humans when he began to
flood the earth
through rain on the 17th of the second Hebrew month. Noah's ark and its eight passengers rested on the mountains of Ararat on the 17th of the seventh month (right in the middle of God's annual Holy period known as
the Feast of Tabernacles
Jesus Christ gained a complete victory over death and the grave when God resurrected him near sunset on Nisan 17 (Saturday, April 8, 30 A.D.).
In the book of 1Corinthians the thirteenth chapter, the seventeenth mention of the word 'love' comes when the apostle Paul states that it is the GREATEST gift of all (1Corinthians 13:13). God's unending love (John 3:16) is truly victorious over all things. Those who stay faithful to God to the end of their lives will gain the victory over the grave when they are miraculously brought back to life (see 1Corinthians 15).
beasts have seven heads and ten horns, for a total number of 17. They represent world-ruling powers from Daniel's time to the Second Coming of Jesus. The devil's end-time system (Revelation 13) will have seven heads and ten horns, which totals 17. All mankind will very soon obey and worship the devil and the Beast power. They will war against those who have faith in Jesus and keep the commandments, thus achieving a victory (though short-lived) against God's people (Revelation 13:1 - 8).
True Christians, however, will gain the ultimate victory over God's adversaries when he resurrects them back to life (Revelation 15:2; 20:4). One of the major themes of the Day of Atonement (commonly referred to as
), which occurs in the seventh Hebrew month on the tenth day, is the binding of Satan (see Revelation 20). Thus, 10 plus 7 equal the number 17, which testifies to Christ's perfect overcoming of Satan.
For those who struggled in 2016,
In the Bible the number 17 symbolizes "overcoming the enemy" and "complete victory."
My focus today is ENCOURAGING YOU to take the time, PRAYER, and effort and PRAYERFULLY WRITE OUT your NEW YEAR PRAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I cannot express to you how SUCCESSFUL my PRAYER was for 2016!!!
EVERYTHING I SPECIFICALLY wrote down was miraculously ANSWERED!
But, dear reader, I did not just PRAY "bless me" PRAYERS!!
PRAYERFULLY, studiously, per-meditated I" sought the Lord!
Psalm 34:4 (KJV)
4 I sought the LORD
, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
I PRAYED SPECIFIC PRAYERS!
A few weeks ago, while watching John Haggai with my daughter Amanda, I was surprised to learn that Pastor Haggai was also a staunch believer in the written PRAYER.
He testified that MANY years ago, while attending a Pastor's Conference featuring Rev. David Yonggi Cho, he learned to do so.
On Pastor Haggai's office wall is the original, hand-written PRAYER en-framed as a TESTAMENT to the SURENESS of God's faithfulness!!!
Time after time, year after year, I also have experienced the SURENESS of God's ANSWERS to PRAYERS PRAYED!!!!
Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV)
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
This is my MESSAGE, my plea to YOU today!!!!
PRAY, think, muse, deliberate-WHAT would I REALLY like to see God do for ME in 2017.
Then BEFORE the hour 12:01 PM December 31, WRITE it down and then safely store it where you can refer to it often in 2017!!
In closing, I hear the words of Bishop Harry Mushegan, who informed his new bride when first married:
He told her, "Sweetheart, I love you but I cannot read your mind. If you need something, you must TELL me!!"
We know that yes, God CAN read our thoughts and minds, but as a Father, he longs for us to SAY it!!!
Luke 12:32 (KJV)
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
GOD LONGS TO HEAR FROM YOU!!
"CALL HIM UP AND TELL WHAT YOU WANT!!!"
HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR!!!
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WRITE OUT YOUR 2017 PRAYERS
Habakkuk 2:2-3_And the Lord answered me and said,Write the vision,and make it plain upon tables (paper),that he may run that readeth it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time,but at the end it shall speak,and not lie:though it tarry,wait for it because it will surely come,it will not tarry.
Last December (2015) my father wrote down a list of prayers that He needed God to answer for him in 2016.This is a habit that he has committed to for most of his life.His most recent list was simple.....five specific prayers that he needed God to answer.It is now 2016 and God has answered ALL five of his prayers.
Over the years I have also written down my prayers for the upcoming years.However,the last couple of years I have ignored this practice.
I must be completely honest.I haven't done it lately because I was discouraged by unanswered prayers.Does anyone other than me know the pain of unanswered prayers?
Luke 18:1_And he (Jesus ) spake a parable unto them to this end,that men ought always to pray,and not to faint, ( lose heart,grow weary or get discouraged when you don't receive an immediate answer ). Emphasis mine.
But not this year.On December 26,2016 I am going to spend some time on my knees,with a pen and pad in my hand as I write down my prayer request for 2017.After I am done I am going to put my list of prayers in my bible.Then,every day when I open my Bible I am going to pray over them and believe God for the answer.
Recently I have been listening to the motivational speaker named Zig Ziglar.Most of y'all are probably familiar with him.
At one of his past conference's he started his teaching with a story about the graduating class of 1953 at Yale University.A recent survey had determined that 3 percent of that graduating class had committed their goals to paper.They had taken the time to write out their hopes and dreams as they stated on paper,"THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SEE HAPPEN IN MY LIFE". However,the other 97 percent did not write out their desires.
Twenty years later the study showed that the 3 percent accomplished much more than the 97 percent because they had definite,predetermined objectives.Or as Habakkuk would word it,the 3 percent made it "plane upon tables (paper)".
The day after I listened to Zig Ziglars teaching I met with two of my Pastor friends at the prison here.Pastor Rick and Pastor Shane of Joshua's Place church.At the beginning of our visit I told them the testimony of my father and also my plan to write out my prayer request for 2017.
As soon as I finished talking pastor Rick began to tell me about a university that wrote down their goals on paper. Do you see where I am going with this?Pastor Rick began to relate to me the same story that Zig Ziglar taught on.
During our visit I KNEW that I had heard from God.It started with my father.Then I decided to do it.Then Zig Ziglar taught on it.Then Pastor Rick confirmed it.And now I am passing this word on to you.
In a few short days 2017 will be upon us.What kind of year will you have?Will you believe God for a year of life changing miracles or will you settle for the same routine and same results of this past year?The choice is yours.Yes,you...reading this message.God is leaving the choice up to YOU.
Deuteronomy 30:19_I call heaven and earth to record this day against you,that I have set before you life and death,blessing and cursing:therefore choose life,that both thou and thy seed may live.
Wow,my Spirit jumped as I wrote the above verse. My Spirit leaped when I read the wrote the words "choose life". Its MY CHOICE.Its YOUR CHOICE. What will your 2017 be?It is up to you to decide.
I want to encourage you to take 20,30,45,60 minutes to prayerfully write out you prayer request for 2017.You are crazy if you don't think that you have time.This is your choice.This is your life. 2017 is your year.
I confessed to Pastor Rick that I am so SURE of this word from God that I know that this ole boy will see his prayers answered in 2017.
Isaiah 54:2_Enlarge the place of thy tent,and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations:SPARE NOT,lengthen thy cords,and strengthen thy stakes
I want to end with the above verse.What this verse means is..... DREAM BIG.....SPARE NOT.......DO NOT LIMIT GOD.
One of my main focuses in my ministry all of these years have been dreams,visions and promises.I thrive when I preach or write about these topics.
I have been a partaker of Gods goodness,provision,favor and forgiveness.I have had the privilege of doing the impossible behind these walls as God has used me to teach bible studies,send hundreds of sermons all over the world and publish five books.I know the feeling when situations,circumstances and people are yelling "no" while your dreams are yelling "yes".
It is now after midnight as I finish this message in a death row cell.I am excited for 2017.In Gods Kingdom my past is erased.His mercies are new every morning.It is now morning and I have another chance,and so do YOU.This is your year.Grab your pen and write out your destiny.
Happy New Year 2017.
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