And a wonderful and Happy New Year to each of you! As I write this letter of greeting for 2015, surrounded with the clear blue skies and warm sunshine, the Lord reminds me of a clean start. There is a feeling of excitement in my heart that something wonderful is about to happen for the advancement of the Kingdom of God.
It's 2015 and time to "arise and shine". I am excited as I grab hold of the words spoken by the old prophet Isaiah so long ago when he spoke of the coming Messiah in the appearance of a great light and the manifest of the presence of the glory of God among the people and nation. This prophecy continues to be fulfilled as the brightness of His light shines through His people who carry the Gospel in this hour.
Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness is over the people, but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen over you (Isaiah 60:1-2).
I truly believe this is the finest hour for the church to "arise and shine" and display the manifest glory of our Lord to a troubled, confused and sin-sick world. We as believers have the light of Jesus within us to disperse the darkness that cover the earth, and the gross darkness that is over the people and nations.
As was the case during the exodus from Egypt, darkness is on the wicked, while God's light is on His people (Exodus 10:23). Deep darkness describes a cloud un-folding the glory of God (Exodus 20:21) and serves as a warning of His impending judgment (Jeremiah 13:16).
It seems that the entire world has come under a great cloud of darkness. People seem to be paralyzed from fear and panic because world events are wreaking havoc upon the economy as it spins out of control. But our God reigns and is sovereign and is in full control of the economy and the world's events. Even though many of God's people have gone through painful and pruning exercises to prepare for these difficult days, we can put our trust in our God who made the heavens and the earth.
We as believers don't depend on the fallen world's system for resources or ride the rollercoaster of recession and depression. No need to worry or to wring our hands for God's great arm is not shortened, as we read in Scripture. During times of famine or judgment, God comes through with new means of provision and protection for His people and His purposes.
Be encouraged as our mighty God enables us to live as more than conquerors. A-men!!!
Our mandate for 2015 is to be a voice for the one we hear crying, "Prepare the way for the coming of the Lord!".
Prayerfully yours in Christ,Stella Davis