My wife, Carolyn, and I along with our family and ministry staff, pray you have a blessed and joyous Christmas. During this time, we celebrate with you the birth of our Savior and reflect on how He has changed our lives.
The Lord has been speaking to me about this upcoming year and He brought a well-known Scripture to my remembrance. In John 10:10, Jesus proclaims the purpose for which He came. That purpose was to give us “life, and life more abundantly.”
The best plans and ideas you could come up with for your family, business, or ministry don’t compare to the MORE that God wants to do for you and through you.
Have you ever thought, “If I had more time, resources, friends, influence, I would…?” Well, I have good news for you, we serve a God of MORE than enough! Refuse to settle for less than ALL that God has for you. Jesus came and paid the price for your sins and mine so that we could live a blessed life.
The Psalmist tells us:
The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless those who fear the Lord, both small and great. May the Lord give you increase more and more, you and your children (Psalm 115:12-14, NKJV).
More is a great way to describe God. He never regresses. He always progresses. God is in the business of doing more and more, not less and less.
Ever since I surrendered my life to Christ, I have continued to increase. Without Christ I was in debt up to my eyeballs, my marriage was hanging on by a thread, and I was a quitter. But God had something more planned for my life.
I had no idea what God had in store for me. I didn’t dedicate my life to Christ so that He would bless me. I was convicted of my sin and knew that I needed a savior. I had spent years messing up my life and I needed forgiveness and a new ruler—I needed Jesus!
When I accepted Jesus as my Savior, God told me that He is a Master at making champions out of nobodies. That is exactly what He has done in my life. He took someone that was barely existing and about to lose everything and He poured out His favor and blessing on my life. That is what He did for me and I know that He will do it for you also!
Jesus came to reveal to us the character of God and He said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matthew 7:11, NKJV)!
Jesus is saying that our God is a God of more. Start declaring more of the goodness of God in your life today. In 2012 you have only seen a glimpse of God’s goodness and now is the time for you to experience more!
As God continues to bless you more and more, determine to live a life of praise and thanksgiving. In Psalm 107, we are admonished to “Give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works.”
Believe with me that 2013 is going to be a year of more and more! Wake up every morning thanking God for His goodness and favor in your life. Make it a habit to praise God for His goodness. Never allow the blessing to take your eyes off the Blesser. The apostle Paul charged Timothy to tell the rich not to put their hope in wealth that is uncertain but in our God who gives us everything for our enjoyment (see 1 Timothy 6:17).
That tells me that God intends for us to enjoy His blessing and to always turn that blessing back to praise. We should stay mindful that it is the Lord that gives us the power to prosper.
My desire in ministry is to help you receive all that God has in store for you. I want to see you increase, I want to see you victorious, and I want to equip you to accomplish more for the Kingdom of God.
I want our story to be like Jacob and Laban’s. In Genesis chapter 30, Laban says to Jacob, “I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you.” Jacob replies, “You had little indeed before I came, but your wealth has increased enormously. The Lord has blessed you through everything I’ve done” (Genesis 30:27, 30, NLT).
When God comes on the scene, He turns little into more. One of the ways God reveals His blessing and manifests His favor is by what I call increase by association. That’s what we see happen in Laban’s life because of Jacob.
I know that the revelation and biblical principles God shows me isn’t just for my benefit…my mandate is to declare these truths to you and help you to be a winner in life. Increase comes when we are connected.
In this coming year, I want to see more people reached, more lives changed, and more people inspired to become all that God created them to be. Each day this ministry is on the front lines proclaiming God’s goodness and setting people free from the lies of Satan and the chains of defeat.
In closing, I pray for God’s peace and joy for you and your family this Christmas and New Year. Your best days are ahead of you. I declare that 2013 will be a year of more and more in your life!
P.S. I am thankful that God has connected us to share His message of faith, hope, and love around the world.