Your Year of God’s Favor!

David CerulloBy David Cerullo7 Minutes

This time of year it seems like everyone is making a New Year’s resolution of some kind. Losing weight…getting out of debt…rekindling romance in their marriage…spending more time with the Lord or their children—there are many different areas of life where people are seeking a fresh start.

Although I’m not against New Year’s resolutions, today I’m asking God to give you something much greater: a New Year’s revolution! Instead of just changing a few troublesome symptoms, I’m convinced the Lord can transform every area of your life this year.

What difficult situations do you need God to turn around today? Has the enemy stolen something precious from you, whether it be your health, a close relationship, your finances, or simply your peace and joy?

As I have prayed for you and our other Inspiration Partners to receive God’s breakthroughs in 2024, we’ve become excited about God’s promise in Jeremiah 30:3 from The Message:

“The time is coming when I will turn EVERYTHING around for My people!”

Isn’t that fantastic? When we draw near to the Lord and follow His instructions, He can “make ALL things new” in our lives (Revelation 21:5).

The Missing Ingredients

I meet many people who are frustrated that something seems missing in their Christian life. Perhaps they attend church, pay their tithes, and even Sow additional financial Seeds to reach the world with the Gospel. But although they’ve heard God’s promises about health, prosperity, and an abundant life, for some reason they aren’t seeing those promises activated in their life.

What could be the missing ingredients in the lives of these well-meaning Believers?

Most people in this situation simply need a fresh dose of God’s wisdom and favor. You see, when you open your heart to God’s wisdom, everything else in your life is impacted. Not only will He reenergize your spiritual life, but there will also be a transformation of your health, finances, and relationships. In fact, one moment of God’s favor can change EVERYTHING!

God’s wisdom and His favor go together hand in hand. And the Bible says we never need to lack these crucial victory keys in our life. If you sense a need for more of God’s wisdom and favor in your life in 2014, all you have to do is ASK:

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5).

Get wisdom, get understanding;
do not forget my words or turn away from them.
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;
love her, and she will watch over you.
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Cherish her, and she will exalt you;
embrace her, and she will honor you.
She will give you a garland to grace your head
and present you with a glorious crown
(Proverbs 4:5-9).

Take a few minutes to let these powerful words sink in. God wants to give you His wisdom, and it will change your life!

An Entire Year of Favor

If one moment of God’s wisdom and favor can change your life, imagine what an entire year would be like. Yet I believe this is exactly God’s will for you in 2014.

In Jesus’ very first sermon after beginning His ministry, He quoted this beautiful passage in Isaiah 61:1-2:

The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because he has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor (Luke 4:18-19).

Right from the beginning, Jesus wanted people to understand His heart to give them His amazing favor. This was a message of good news … physical and emotional healing…and liberty for those who were oppressed by the devil in some area of their life.

Notice that this is not just a momentary breakthrough, as wonderful as that might be. Jesus was proclaiming that people could enter into a whole “YEAR of the Lord’s favor.” Wow.

Proclaim It!

According to Jesus’ words here, there is one more step you need to take in order to make 2014 a special year for you:

You must PROCLAIM the year of the God’s favor!

This is a very practical thing, for the Bible says “the tongue has the power of life and death” (Proverbs 18:21). Your words have a major impact in shaping your future.

But what if you’re facing a “winter season” of some kind, such as a job loss, an illness, the loss of a loved one, a financial setback, or struggles with your children? If so, you don’t have to be a passive victim. Speak boldly to your circumstances, declaring God’s promises for your victory. Tell your difficult circumstances that 2024 will be a year of God’s favor in your life!

Remember: God IS faithful! Your springtime IS coming! Your turnaround is just around the corner, bringing more joy and victory than you’ve ever known before.

I am praying for you. We believe great things are ahead for you and for this ministry we share together.

Your Partner to Reach the Lost,

David Cerullo