Monthly Reflection for January 2017

The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in His love He will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing
Zephaniah 3:17

I cannot believe we are about to start another year and what better way than to focus on what God desires for you and for me.

So often we start a new year by thinking about what we want from it, what we want to achieve, but I want to encourage us to hold onto this verse for the year, it is a verse that speaks clearly God's desire for you and for me and for His church.

God's desire for us at the start of this year is to be with us, to take great delight in us, He wants us to know His amazing love towards us and He will rejoice over us with singing: as He finds joy in us, His desire is that we find our joy, hope and strength in Him.

This verse speaks of a committed relationship, God's commitment to us and He desire is for us to be committed to Him, committed to growing in our relationship with Him and to going deeper in our experiences of God in our lives.

He longs to rejoice over us with singing, that speaks of blessing and this blessing will come in all seasons of our lives. For many 2016 was a very mixed year and yet one truth remains God remained faithful and God continued to bless His people, and so God's desire for each one of us is that we walk closely with Him so that we do not miss out on this spiritual blessing He longs to pour out over our lives.

To use the word commitment in the opening reflection of the year might leave some of us going, not already, we have so much going on, but this is not about making our lives more busy, but it is about making our lives even more fruitful. God is doing some amazing things in our lives and in the life of the church and we want to experience more of this and we do this by being committed to these things: worship, prayer, teaching and fellowship: as we do this He will rejoice over us with singing.

My prayer is that our desire for the year matches with God's desire for us this year, that we will go deeper with God and we will know His amazing love, grace and power at work in our lives, that we will experience incredible answers to prayers, we will see the Spirit of God moving in our church and communities life.

As a church we have a vision for the year which will be shared at meetings that are coming up: but we will be having some great guest speakers, we will be running Alpha, we will be having training and an increased involvement with YWAM, we are look at how we can support and encourage one another in helping us all to continue growing in our faith. 2017 will be an exciting year, let us open our hearts and lives to what God wants to do in and through each one of us.

God bless you all in 2017, with love and prayers Matt


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