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The Mark of a New Year

Shifting in the new year!

The Lord spoke a word to me at the end of 2011 and that word was simply SHIFT. Although this word sounds simple, many times it is the hardest thing to do. Webster Dictionary defines shift as to change the place, position, or direction of. I believe God is saying that it's time for us to get up from where we are and begin to move toward our destiny. You may not know where you are going but determine in this season of shift to no longer remain in the same position. It's time for the body of Christ to recognize that we have been stationary for too long.

Many times, to shift is something that is easier said than done. The Devil is not threatened by our talk. But when we put that talk into action he starts to get nervous. It disturbs his kingdom when we begin to move forward. I believe that God wants our hearts, thoughts, and attitudes to shift. Because many of us have shifted toward the things of the world the church's authority is weakened. Some of the greatest actors and actresses may be found in the church.

The number 12 represents government and authority. I believe this is the year of kingdom authority, dominion and power for the believers. I also believe that God is going to get his church in divine order. Not only is he going to set the church in order but for those who are obedient to Him, he's going to cause them to walk in a spirit of authority like they have never known before. If we thought God was exposing and pulling the covers off last year, we really haven't seen anything yet. For too long many of the people of God have been playing church, "having a form of godliness but denying the power of God; what part do we (the church) not understand? God is not a play toy. He is a Holy God. We owe Him our life. He paid a price that we can never repay.

I believe the days ahead are going to prove whether or not we belong to God. We are living in a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, where everything goes and no holes are barred; but trust me God is going to show and is showing His anger just like he did in Romans 1:18-32.God says my sheep know my voice and that of a stranger they will not follow. Many are crying holy but don't know the Holy God. Many of us are spinning our wheels and going through the motions. We are pretending to be something we are not. We are trying our best to please and impress man rather than the one who created us. God is calling us back to the alter and to the place of repentance. God is calling for us to evaluate our own lives. We need to understand that man looks on the outward but God sees the heart. The Bible says that the heart is desperately wicked and out of it the issues of life flow.

This is a year where God is going to match our talk with our walk. This is a year of pruning all that is dead in our lives. I would encourage each of you to ask God to show you yourself! The days are over for blaming others for our short comings. God is looking for those whose hearts who are sold out to Him completely. He's looking for yielded vessels in this season. It is my prayer that you may have a blessed, wonderful and prosperous New Year. May the peace of God not only shine through you but also rest upon you. I love you all.
 
In His Presence,
 
Pastor Owens
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