Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus, who is the Light of the world. Jesus came into a world of darkness and brought light. It is light that dispels darkness and gives you the vision to see what is truly around you.
In 1772, clergyman John Newton penned the lyrics to Amazing Grace. He wrote, “I was blind, but now I see.” To be blinded in this sense is to have what is really before you (the truth) hidden from you. Without light, darkness hides all things. The Apostle John professed that when Jesus came, He was life, and this life was the light of men (John 1:4).
True life is hidden from you if you don’t know Jesus. Jesus says:
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
The adversary tries to hide the abundant life from you by keeping you ignorant of Jesus and His Word. Even if you have been born again, Satan still attempts to hide aspects of this life with confusion and lies.
The abundant life is a life of deliverance, healing, and prosperity. Your adversary comes as a thief to steal the Word (or light) from you, kill your relationship with God, and destroy everything in your natural and spiritual life. Satan’s goal is to leave you in darkness. Do not let this happen.
Starting a New Year, 2020, gives you a clean slate to find out more about the abundant life, which is really finding out more about Jesus––not looking at things that are behind, but looking at the things that are ahead (Phil. 3:13-14). If you don’t know what’s ahead of you, fear, worries, and the cares of the world can keep your future in darkness.
Isaiah prophesied the day in which we live, which revealed that the earth would be covered with darkness, with a very obvious and unacceptable deep darkness over the people’s lives (Isaiah 60:1-3). These are perilous times with people’s vision blinded—even some Christians. Yet, we cannot even know we are in darkness if we do not have any light. This is a time in which we must be proactive to stay in the light!
I would love to say this year that God is going to do this or that; however, God is always doing great things. Oral Roberts would always say, “Something good is going to happen to you today!” He was right, but some never see it because they are blinded by darkness in one area of their life or another. The goodness of God comes by every day; however, we must look for it and see it (Jeremiah 17:5-8).
I believe 2020 must be a year of greater commitment, including vision! Whether or not your vision will be 20/20 depends on you. Yes, YOU will determine the accuracy of your vision by how much you focus on God, His Word (Jesus), and His Spirit. Your focus must be on the things of God and the light—don’t stare at the darkness!
Great and troubling events will happen in the coming year. Some will affect you personally and others indirectly. The 2020 elections will be tremendously controversial—more so than 2016, and maybe more violent. World events will take place, putting us closer to the coming of Jesus. Events in the Middle East that have recently happened concerning Iran, Iraq, Israel and the United States are key to the closing of the Age. But let not your heart be troubled! Keeping your focus on what God has said in His Word about you and your future is the only way peace will rule. Jesus is the light of your life and the light that shines on your path.
I cannot stress enough that you need to raise your commitment to God this year. You will need more light as the darkness grows, and the Father has provided the Son, the brightest light that has ever come into the world. As you walk in this light you too will shine bright and lead others into the light of the kingdom of God.
Also, commit this year to more Bible study, more time at church, and more time in prayer. Practice looking for the goodness of God. All of these activities will help you see clearly.
We pray for you and thank you for all you do for this part of Jesus’ ministry. May you continue to increase, and may you make 2020 the year that no goodness escapes you.