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New Direction for a New Year!

~Words of Faith


Becky and Rob Granger

“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.  Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:2-3, NKJV)

  The New Year is upon us!  As we enter 2019, I suggest beginning the year by making some new commitments: a commitment to read the Word of God each day, spending some quality time in prayer, including listening to what God would say to you.

  A great way to walk out your prayer life is by writing things down; thoughts, prayers, things you believe the Lord may be speaking to you.  I think you would agree with me, whatever we write down, we are more likely remember and we are more committed to.  

  The New Testament is filled with letters, from God to each of us, through a series of writers, whereby He could memorialize for us, who He is, what He’s like, His desire for each one of us and promises we can depend upon.  These letters were breathed by the Holy Spirit and are filled with His power.  As we read the Word of God, our minds will be transformed, our faith will be lifted to new heights and our love for God will deepen, and our compassion for people will widen.

 Within the Book of Ephesians is a profoundly significant prayer, which, when read and meditated upon, will help you to understand God’s specific purpose, plans and power for your life in Christ Jesus.  

  “Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power” (Ephesians 1:15-19, NKJV).

  If you would like to know God’s will for your life and how you can be more effective for the Kingdom in 2019, This is a great place to start.  Paul prays that believers may have the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of God.  This is essential to a prayerful relationship with God, that He would give us wisdom beyond anything on earth and that He would reveal what His calling is for each of us.

  Today, if you are not sure where your relationship with God is, or what His plan is for you, you can be secure in that knowledge, right now.  Simply pray, “Father, in Jesus’ name, I ask you to forgive me of my sins, come into my heart and lead me by your Holy Spirit.  I commit my life to you.”  You may be assured of new direction for a new year.

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Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit for further information.

  The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Times-Advocate.

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