In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:1-3)
The very first verse of the Bible let’s us know that all things are possible with God. God spoke the world into existence; He did not think the world into existence or dream it. Rather, He spoke it. There is tremendous power in the spoken word, both God’s and ours.
Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” It’s important for you to become aware of your self-talk and to speak words of life over yourself and others.
The world as we know it began with God. Today someone in the Soaring Into Your Destiny program wrote, “The power of God will only be revealed through intimacy with God. Clearing space, however we do that, and finding quiet is key.” I agree. The tricord of leverage (multiplication) is rest, reflection, and revelation.
As a 30-60-100 dream coach, I think about leveraging time and quantum leaps. Big dreams take big faith and bring glory to God.
During his Thanksgiving message shared in Culpeper in 2013, Mark Batterson, author of The Circle Maker, said “When you pray to God regularly, some irregular things will happen. When you step out in faith, God does some incredible things. If it’s not crazy, God’s probably not in it. God honors bold prayers because bold prayers honor God.”
The key to redeeming the time is FOCUS. It’s not working harder. If you want to multiply your time, then invest more time with God.
During the first four weeks of 2015, the theme at Mountain View Community Church has been My One Word based on a book by that name written by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen.
The concept of My One Word is simple. Lose the long list of resolutions—all your sweeping promises to change—and do something about one thing this year instead of nothing about everything. Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do in you, and focus on it for an entire year. This single act will force clarity and concentrate your efforts. As you focus on your word over an extended period of time, you position yourself for God to form your character at a deep, sustainable level. Growth and change will result.
My One Word for 2015 is ABIDE/Rare. By that I don’t mean rarely abide, but rather I want to be radical (rare) in my abiding in Jesus.
In his death bed message, Jesus told his closest disciples, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” (John 15:7)
What you do first thing in the morning sets the tone for the rest of your day. I believe insufficient time for rest and reflection often leads to poor planning, poor choices, and suboptimal results. In addition, fatigue leads to less patience and compromised relationships.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of rest to optimize your use of time. You are most creative when you are well rested and relaxed. That is where flow happens in your mind and spirit.
In 1930, Frank Lauback wrote in his journal, “It is exactly that ‘moment by moment’ surrender, responsiveness, obedience, sensitiveness, pliability, ‘lost in His love,’ that I desire to explore with all my might.” During the next (and last) 40 years of his life, Laubach developed the Each One Teach One literacy campaign, used to teach 60 million people to read in their own language, all across the globe. He wrote over 50 books and became an international presence in literacy, religious, and governmental circles—having an influence on poverty, injustice, and illiteracy worldwide.
That is the kind of fruit I desire. What about you?
My big question to you this year is, “What will be your one word for 2015?”
1) One Thing Remains – Jesus Culture (lyric video)
2) The Tornado: Bringing Divine Order with Bret Wade (webinar replay)
Blessings to identify and meditate on one word in 2015!