Everyone wants a prosperous and fruitful new year but only few people realise it is totally up to them to make their year fruitful. In a 2019 new year sermon, Pastor Haruna Ugah highlighted these six points that can and will help you have a fruitful year.
- Seek God’s Righteousness – Matthew 6:33 “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you also”. Righteousness means: To be in right-relationship with God. To be in right-relationship with God, one must strive to be obedient to God. God wants us first acknowledging that sin is in fact sin according to how the New Testament Bible reveals what sin is, then God wants us making it our TOP PRIORITY in working with Him to stop committing those sins. James 5:16 “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”. Elijah was as human as we are yet he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall and non fell for THREE AND A HALF YEARS!!!.
- Be guided by the Holy Spirit – Romans 8:14 “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” In striving for righteousness, to be led by the Spirit, means you are growing in holiness. it means to have the Spirit of God working in you so that you are involved in putting to death the sinful deeds of the body. The Holy Spirit guides and directs believers to make certain choices rather than others.
- Make plans – Proverbs 16:1&3 “We make our plans but God has the last word”, Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans”. Through it all, God is guiding us. Jesus is walking with us, promising never to leave us. Prayerful consideration of the counsel of our good Father prevents needless brain-wracking and unreasonable goal-setting. His will is always in our best interest. The Voice paraphrase of Ephesians 3:20 reminds us that He promises to do more than we can ask or imagine in our lives. He can not only help us with our resolutions, but holds the key to the progress that will usher His peace into our lives.
- Seek Knowledge – Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge”. God the Father places an extremely high value on the pursuit of knowledge – especially spiritual knowledge. He says that gaining knowledge is greater than all the silver, gold, and material things of this world. The Bible tells us we have to grow in the knowledge of God. You also grow in the knowledge of God through your own personal adventures that you have with Him in your own daily walk, along with learning from other Christians, especially those who are anointed and gifted to be able to teach from His Word.
- Maximize every opportunity – 2 Thessalonians 3:11 “Yet we hear that some of you are living in laziness, refusing to work, and wasting your time in gossiping. Some people justify their lack of achievement by making meaningless excuses. Excuses by their nature imply limitations or an inability to break through the barriers of life. God does not impose any limitations on us. . .except that we obey His instructions. Sadly, many of the imagined limitations are self-imposed. Regardless of why you are. . .where you are. . .once you realize you’re accountable to God. . .you’ll find a new fire in your bones. . .when it comes to making the most out of every opportunity you get.
- Honour your pastors – 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13 “Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, and are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.It is not an easy thing to face this. Some of us, like Jonah, initially tried to run from what God was showing us. It has not been easy to face the fact that we all have many things to learn. Meanwhile, pastors have to stand before congregations and teach. We thank God that so many men and women yielded to the Holy Spirit and did not allow pride, vanity and ego to cloud their judgment. It is fitting that we honor Christian soldiers who displayed courage under fire.