From The Heart

Publish date: 12/29/1996

Foundation Scriptures  James 4:13-15: Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city; and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money. Yet you do not know the least thing about what may happen tomorrow.  What is the nature of your life? You are really but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears into thin air.    


What does the future hold? This is the question for which everyone of us would like an answer.  If  it is not on our lips, it has been in our thoughts, especially as we close out one year and begin another.  Not only that, but in a few short years we will close out a year, a decade,  a century and a millennium!  Into the twenty-first century we go - for some people a frightening prospect - but as for us , we don’t fear the future because we know who holds the future, His name is JESUS.


I remember a song that was very popular in the 60’s and 70’s, called “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”  We can know that He has us in the palm of His hand.  He is with us, he will never leave us nor forsake us . He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.  The bible says that in the last days, men’s hearts will fail them for fear of the things that are coming.  Aren’t you excited, that you and I can have peace, knowing that God felt that you had what it takes to live in this day and this hour because He allowed you to be in the kingdom for such a time as this.  You’ve been made out of the right kind of stuff.  You are just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.  Even though you go through the fire it will not burn you.  Even though the circumstances look bleak, if you trust Him, He will bring you through.



As the Body of Christ we need to know that we don’t consult psychics (a.k.a. the devil) for our future.  We have God’s Word and His Holy Spirit to lead us and to guide us.  He will show us the things to come.                                                                                                                 


The year 1997 is the fiftieth year since Israel became a nation again.  The fiftieth year always represents the Year of Jubilee - the acceptable year of the Lord - Luke 4:18-19. I believe that 1997 is a Year of Jubilee for the Church!


Adonica and I  are praying for you - that 1997 will be the best year of your lives.  That it will be the year of seeing many of your dreams coming true.  A year of blessing, a year of gladness, a year of God’s provision and a year of wisdom.   


I Predict for 1997…..


I predict that 1997 will be a year, known from heaven, as a year of blessing and a year of grace - when each of His children will see His face, clearer than they have ever seen it before. So clear that they cry out for more.


More of  Jesus, less of me.  No longer in my ability, but in the power of the Holy Ghost.  I and my loved ones in the Lord will boast.


A year of gladness, a year of singing, a year that the heavenly joy bell keeps ringing.  A year that prepares us even more for our glorious homecoming on that Golden  Shore.


Rejoicing in ’97 we go, knowing that His goodness and mercy He’ll show.  In all of our lives and circumstances we’ll be blessed and protected from the enemy’s advances.


Rise up in this hour and see the salvation of the Lord with a great demonstration of power.  In 1997 we commit to do His plan and to do His will.  No matter where He leads, we will be still, knowing that His Glory, knowing that His grace will definitely shine upon us as we finish the Race.