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As we move into 2023, I have so many thoughts swirling around in my mind about what the Lord has in store for us in the coming year. As our journey continues, we all know that life will continue to happen, but in the midst of it all, the Lord has a plan. Throughout 2022 and many years before, the Holy Spirit, if we allowed Him, has spoken through us in the moment when someone needed to be encouraged the most, even when we didn’t realize it. Therefore, we must continue to be mindful of not only our assignment, purpose and calling, but our gifts and talents. I read that “our nothing in the Lord’s hands becomes something”. We will have a supernatural transformation of our perspective, especially as it pertains to those aspects of our life that we consider insignificant. The more we pour out the anointing that the Lord has placed in us, the more it will increase.
I’m reminded of the story of Elisah and the widow. When she asked the prophet for help, he did not give her money. He said, “What do you have in your house?” She said, “I have nothing, but a small jar of oil“. He told her to go out, borrow jars and start pouring. It wasn’t until she stopped pouring, that the oil ceased. So, have we stopped pouring?
With our lives changing so rapidly, we must resist the desire to simply bury our gift out of fear and just move on. We know that is not just a very bad idea, but for us, it is not an option. Remember the parable about the servants and the talents, to refresh your memory you might want to read Matthew 25:14-30. Let’s just say that it didn’t end well for one of the servants.
As I was reflecting on my last 12 months, which now seems to have flown by, I thought about one Friday morning in early September, when my business coach, who is an expert in digital marketing and a pastor of a church in NY, sent me his latest business-oriented podcast. The topic of the podcast was about branding. So, entrepreneurs, who are reading this, may want to pay close attention. I’d always thought that branding was simply business logos and brochures, but he said that branding is from the inside out, we must bring our authentic selves to the table. He said that the clarity in which our brand is speaking, the greater it will shape the impact we have on others, which was right in line with my new venture into life coaching. I want to inspire people, primarily women to release whatever is holding them back from moving into their destiny and living on purpose. I want to encourage and empower those who struggle with self-worth and help them to see themselves as God sees them.
In my excitement, I scheduled a coaching call with my business coach and the Holy Ghost downloads flowed right back to Preparing for the Journey. We must make sure that we listen to the small details that the Holy Spirit gives us as we go along this journey called life. With the dream and vision that we have been given by the Lord, He may have shown us a glimpse of where He is taking us, but again, we have no idea how we are going to get there. He continues to move us beyond our current understanding, desires, limitations, and obstacles.
We must be willing to expand beyond where we are and be willing to make changes necessary for our own good and the good of those around us. When we stay close to God, He will direct our steps. We must keep moving forward, heading in the right direction because every step counts.Spirit of Prophecy, Marsha Burns 9-26-22
The Lord is expanding my territory and increasing my influence, which means that I will have a measurable impact on others’ decisions, behaviors, and to affect their outcomes. I must accept this assignment with humility and obedience, not popularity, NOT for me, but for His Glory!
What’s ahead for you in the coming year?
Our Journey Continues and the Lord promises that…
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9