01 Dec WELCOME TO DECEMBER 2020: THE MONTH OF DIVINE PREPARATION
Dear Agape family,
Welcome to December 2020!
Our Word for this month is DIVINE PREPARATION. God is a God of preparation. He sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming of Christ (Mark 1:1-3). Before He left, Jesus told us He was going “to prepare a place for you” (John 14:3), and He has been doing that for more than 2,00 years. Throughout the scripture, God constantly commands us to prepare and be ready for the coming of the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 5). The story of the ten virgins is a great warning for us, the followers of Christ, about the danger that lack of proper preparation poses to us as believers. Matthew 25:1-13)
Looking through the scriptures, we can actually conclude that life itself is a continuous preparation; in your journey of life and your walk with God, you are always at a level while also being prepared for the next level. We are in a season while being prepared for the next season. In our life’s continuum, there is always our past, our present, and our future. Your present is a result of how you handled your past. How you handle your present will determine what will happen to your future. That is why the great Apostle Paul describes his attitude to us in one is his most famous lines:
“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have [apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:12-14
The calling of God upon your life is upward. You cannot allow your past or even your current state to become a hindrance to fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for your life. Even if you are currently going through a rough patch, it is just a state, not a permanent position. Maybe like in Romans 8:18, you are one of those who will describe your current situation as full of suffering and challenges, there is still good news for you. The scripture says
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:18
Hence, you must not allow your present suffering or challenges to overwhelm you and cloud your judgment. Do not allow them to prevent you from understanding that the Lord is preparing you for a glory that is to be revealed. Remember the famous saying of late Dr. by Robert H. Schuller in his book, “Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do.” It is not just enough to be tough but to surrender to the preparation of the Lord. God is working in you and on you, preparing you for the next phase of your life. Your job is to let Him.
Maybe your situation cannot be described as suffering. Maybe you are already in your glory in some shape or form. The good news is that there is always still greater glory. God is preparing you for a greater level of glory. The scripture says:
“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” – 2 Corinthians 3:18
In our walk with God, we are always going from glory to glory. 1 Corinthians 15:41 says, “There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. You must be careful not to allow your current glory to prevent you from experiencing your next level of glory. Regardless of the state or season, you are in; God is preparing you for your next state and season.
How do you ensure you are surrendering to God’s preparation in your season? I will give you a few points that can help you stay true to your divine preparation.
- Be aware you are going through preparation: Do not be too overwhelmed by your current trouble or overjoyed by your current victory to lose sight of what the Lord is doing in you.
- Be faithful, regardless of what you are going through. To be faithful is to be loyal, consistent, and trustworthy. It is to make the best of what God has given you. Matthew 25:21
- Believe in the faithfulness of God. The God you serve is faithful. He is the one with the ultimate plan and purpose, and He is faithful to His word and promises.
- Let God have His way. Don’t fight God, and do not try to do His work for Him.
- Recognize the teachers He is placed in your life. God often does His work through human agents. In every season, He will place people in your life to facilitate His work.
As you submit to His divine preparation, may you experience His divine acceleration into His plan and purpose for your life in Jesus’ name.
Pastor Jide Lawore
Lead Pastor, Agape House of Worship
Prayer Points for December:
- Thank God for the new month of December; this is the last month of December 2020. Thank God for His goodness, faithfulness, protection toward you in 2020
- Pray that your joy will be full this month, and you will be able to enjoy be beat and the blessing of the season truly.
- Command the month of December to bring good news, favor, blessings
- Ask God to align your heart, mind, and path with His plan and purpose in December.
- Ask God to order your steps this month (Psalm 37:23). Ask that your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21
- Declare in the name of Jesus that you will finish 2020 strong and be ready for what God has in store in 2021.