To have a new you in the new year, you have to ask yourself first where is your heart? Bishop Charles E. Blake gives us 8 steps to follow coming into the New Year.
2 Kings 13:17-19
17 And he said, “Open the east window”; and he opened it. Then Elisha said, “Shoot”; and he shot. And he said, “The arrow of the Lord’s deliverance and the arrow of deliverance from Syria; for you must strike the Syrians at Aphek till you have destroyed them.” 18 Then he said, “Take the arrows”; so he took them. And he said to the king of Israel, “Strike the ground”; so he struck three times, and stopped. 19 And the man of God was angry with him, and said, “You should have struck five or six times; then you would have struck Syria till you had destroyed it! But now you will strike Syria only three times.”
Some will say that Joash did what he was supposed to do…and he did. But if you analyze the text, you’ll see that Joash’s heart wasn’t right. Joash was not like Saul and he was not like Moses who illustrated the implications of our obedience and of our acts before the Lord. The difference is that Joash really obeyed God but we should examine his attitude. The bible says in 2 Chronicles 25:2 And he did [that which was] right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.
We can look at the people of God today and see that their heart is not in it. “Half singing, half praying, half worshiping, half participating and half giving Their heart is not in it. Because when your heart is in it—it shows up on the outside,” says Bishop. The best thing for us to do as people of the Lord is to work on our heart and work on our attitude…there are people who can see beyond that false smile and those false actions.
In Matthew 22, Jesus spoke of a parable of a wedding banquet. He spoke and told the story of how a king (like the kingdom of heaven) had invited the people to come to his dinner in Matthew 22:5 the text says, they made light of [it], and went their ways, one to his farm, and another to his merchandise:
So as the New Year begins look at what our Bishop graciously identifies for us to live by. Follow these invaluable steps to truly “Smite Out Your Destiny.”
1. Smite the Blow of Salvation
- Proverbs 14:12 KJ There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.
- Isaiah 57:20 KJ But the wicked [are] like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
2. Smite the Blow of Obedience
- Deuteronomy 11:27-28 (KJV) 27 the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you today; 28 and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known
- Isaiah 1:19 (KJV) If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land
- 2 John 1:6 (KJV)And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it
3. Smite the Blow of Love
- “Love the lord with all your heart, all your soul and all your might. If you walk in love, you walk in God,” says Bishop Blake.
4. Smite the Blow of Righteousness
- Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you Walk in the righteous because sin is the reproach of people
- “God wants folks who will strike the blow of righteousness,” says Bishop Blake.
5. Smite the Blow of Service
- “Perform your assignments well so God can promote you to another level,” says Bishop.
- Nothing you do is unimportant or insignificant…like sweeping the floor. Martin Luther King said, “sweep the floor like Michael Angelo painted.” Cry out to the Lord and tell him that you’ll serve Him JUST because you love him.
6. Smith the Blow of Priorities
- “If you want go higher in commitment, in faith, and in love… write priorities and stick to them,” says Bishop.
7. Smite the Blow of Daring Faith
- Believe God anyhow! Trust him no matter what you have to go through and get ready for your miracle. Bishop says, “No mountain too high, no valley too low. GET READY! Get ready to overcome…get ready for miracles…get ready to go higher because of your daring faith.”
8. Smite the Blow of Unrestrained Praise
- “This is yet the beginning of the year, but we praise God for December.” Bishop Says, “You have not seen you’re best days yet…you have not seen your best miracles yet!”
Thank God for giving us a “destiny moment—a window of opportunity.” Strike the blows above and you will have a fail safe way of navigating 2014!