HAPPY 2012…an Ephesians 3:20 kind of year!

Posted December 31st, 2011 by Leah and filed in LR Ministries, Word of Encouragement

Hello sweet friends!  I pray your Christmas was meaningful and joyful, full of the Prince of Peace.

2011 proved to be an amazing adventure for Jim and me. Yesterday I sat down and read through my journal, and like I said…2011 was an amazingly adventurous year! God’s steadfast love and faithfulness was the overriding theme. My heart truly overflows with thanksgiving! Another thing that popped out and continually amazes me is how Jesus is so steadfast in his love for me and His faithfulness to His Word, even when my love and faithfulness lack love and faithfulness! Grace…pure and simple.

I sent my good friend, Pastor Parris Bailey of Victory Fellowship Church in New Orleans, a note a few days ago with an Ephesians 3:20 blessing for 2012.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us…

She wrote back saying that she and Pastor Frank were hearing the word, “over and above”, for 2012 and referred to Psalm 78:15.

He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.

I read and pondered Psalm 78, which recounts God’s faithfulness to his people…even when they disbelieved. It is a Psalm that encourages us to tell the coming generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord and the wonders He has done in our lives. It encourages us TO BELIEVE…to believe in the miraculous.

God performed amazing miracles to free his people from Egypt’s bondage. Although not in the same way, I remember very personal miracles He performed to free me.  But I can also relate, unfortunately, to the Israelite’s continuous whining, complaining and doubting that God COULD REALLY…

part the Red Sea

provide fresh streams of water from rocks

rain down manna daily like grain from Heaven

rain down winged birds like the sand of the seas

lead me safely in the wilderness like a shepherd, and

destroy every adversary.

Despite their disbelief…He split rocks in the wilderness and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. He made streams come out of the rock and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

God faithfully and miraculously meets the physical and spiritual needs of His people. Living water gushed and flowed in abundance! God will spread a table in any wilderness we are encountering, but we must,

we must,

we must believe He is God and there is not other. 2012 brings a new year…will we stop limiting what God can do in our lives? Stop putting limitations on His power to provide exceedingly abundantly above all we can even imagine…

They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer. verse 35

And in His compassion, God remembers that we are but flesh. By the power of the Holy Spirit, 2012 can be a year of denying our flesh and living in the supernatural ways of the Lord. Drinking abundantly from the depths of God.

What may appear small in your life, with faith, grows into abundance. The harvest comes from the seed planted in good soil, nurtured and watered.

SMALLNESS..a place to begin, start…growing into provision for you and others.

That still small voice…to hearing the Trumpet of God sound one Day.

The tiniest mustard seed…grows into the largest tree in your garden.

That little sack lunch…fed multitudes.

The little crumbs and remnants from that little lunch…filled 12 baskets full.

A small seed of hope in Mary’s womb…birthed Jesus, savior for all mankind.

One young shepherd tending his flock…anointed King of Israel in the linage of the true King.

12 uneducated, simple fishermen…leave an international legacy as faithful disciples of Jesus.

To what or where is God calling you to begin in 2012? God has amazing plans! Plans that exceed our expectation! Provision, physically and spiritually, from the most unusual places…gushing, flowing like a river, filling every need. But don’t despise humble beginnings.

That first baby step into the water parts the sea, making a way where you saw no way. God is ready. He is waiting for that first small step of radical obedience to unfold His design for your unique journey in 2012.

STRIKE THE ROCK, FOR THAT ROCK IS CHRIST JESUS, WHO IS ABLE TO PROVIDE EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY, OVER AND ABOVE, BY THE POWER OF HIS HOLY SPIRIT THAT WORKS WITHIN US.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Maybe that first step is to open your Bible…starting with Psalm 78, remembering God’s faithfulness in your life. I believe God. I believe He has an amazing year planned. I look forward to taking the Holy Spirit’s hand and praying for each of you that our Lord will act on your behalf in Ephesian 3:20 ways!

Jesus love you!  me too!

xo   leah



One Response to “HAPPY 2012…an Ephesians 3:20 kind of year!”

  1. Marilyn Khadduri says:

    Dear Leah,
    I just read your latest post, and I could sense the Lord’s presence so strongly!
    Through it, I can hear Him challenging me to “let go, and let Him be God.”
    And my answer to Him is “Yes, You take the reins, and show me what You
    can do with my life!” I am thirsty, and I receive that abundant drink of
    water from Him! No longer will I try to figure it all out and fix it myself,
    but I will allow Him to do that exceedingly abundant thing for me!

    Leah, thank you for your faithfulness, and Happy New Year!

    In His love,
    Marilyn

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