2016, what a year! I know for many 2017 represents hope, represents reward, represents a season of rising from chaos to resurrection.
As for me and my house we are standing on the word of God and declaring victory. This is my prayer for you and yours!!
12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Godʼs will for you in Christ Jesus. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt21but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil. 23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. 25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all Godʼs people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. - 1 Thessalonians 5
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said,“Father, I thank you that you have heard me." - John 11:41
27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. - Genesis 1:27
The Word of God gives specific instructions on living a prayerful and faithful life in addition to proof of how it works. Jesus spoke a prayer of thanksgiving prior to speaking to Lazarus who lay before him in a tomb, dead. Because we were created in the image of God we have already been blessed with the power of calling out to dry bones to come alive just as Jesus called out to Lazarus. The power in His speaking was the faith and thanksgiving knowing it was already done before Lazarus made a move.
As you move forward into this rewarding, favored, year of resurrection don't forget to amplify your faith to the highest element. Victory is already yours, declare it, speak it, thank God for it! -ALL THAT IS MINE COME ALIVE!