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Friday, December 31, 2010

Looking Forward to 2011

Dear beloved: As we look in the rear view mirror at 2010 and look forward to 2011, what is the spirit of God saying as we embark on the coming year? I believe the spirit is saying prepare your hearts for the separation of light from darkness which will bring astounding changes in the world we are accustomed to seeing. Phillipians 3:12 (Paul) not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me. v13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it, but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining towards what lies ahead, v14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV) God is preparing the church and His faithful to receive the second coming of the Lord Christ Jesus; are you ready for His coming?

The trials for all will be much stronger, but God will also provide for and pour out on His elect blessings for ministry, blessings for provision, blessings for families, and signs, wonders, and miracles in ways that have not been seen before. Get ready for some mighty outpourings of the Holy Spirit! We are already seeing some of that as the days of 2010 come to a close, the Bay of the Holy Spirit revival in Mobile, Alabama, and the Awakening that went on for several months at IHOP in Kansas City. The outpourings of the spirit that are coming in the days ahead will be much stronger and be marked with signs, wonders, and miracles. As the darkness of the natural world grows, so too will the Light of the world shine brighter! Many people will wander in confusion seeking answers to the problems of our economy, the moral confusion, false teaching from the church and false prophets; however, the Lord is saying do not fear. 2Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of fear (timidity), but a spirit of power, of love and a strong mind. Fear is the oppostite of faith, if you let fear dominate your life, it just shows you need to trust in the Lord more and turn your fears over to Him!

Phillipians 4:6 Brethren, be anxious for nothing, but in all things through prayer and supplication (plea for mercy), with thanksgiving, make your requests known unto the Lord. As you lay your pleas and prayers at the feet of the Lord Jesus, give thanks for what you have, and ask Him for strength in the days ahead. We will all need it! There will be events that rock our world that will shake even the strongest of us. But do not fear, for the Lord will give His angels charge to cover and guard us. Psalm 91:11. I'll be posting more specific ways to draw near to the Lord and prepare for the coming year in the days ahead. May God bless you richly, in Christ, Jim

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