Here we are...the last day of December...December 31, 2010.
"Yesterday" on January 1, 2010 we woke up in a parking lot in Nashville and left for West Plains, Missouri to start revival for Bro. Dwain Galiher and Junction Hill Pentecostal Church. Then Miami, OK, Weir, KS, Morrow, AR and on and on...until now in the woods in Alabama.
From that first day we had a huge year planned and honestly a big part of it seemed a little overwhelming.
I had made commitments to revivals and other meetings here, there, every where and a few other places.
I had made promises to my family about taking some time off from preaching and singing every night for a few weeks in the summer. (Although we had been planning and saving for that it still seemed financially impossible)...
We had made plans for a live recording in Riverdale, California in the fall (The money needed for that was no where in sight)..
Our ministry and family had made extra commitments toward mission projects in Nigeria and other places.
Plus, nobody knows all the challenges, pressure, worries and expense day to day life will bring. Who can know what one day will bring much less a year. Driving toward our first revival 365 days ago, 2010 looked impossibly hard. How do you face a tough year ahead?
First of all you do it one day at a time. God's word says, "...as thy days so shall thy strength be" Deuteronomy 33:25
God has promised enough strength for today! When tomorrow becomes today He will provide strength that day.
He has also promised enough light for your next step. We want God to illuminate the whole next year with bright light but David said, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalms 119:105
Just keep walking one step at a time and God will give you enough light to see where to place your next step. You can make it one step at a time.
Secondly, you face the long year ahead by remembering God brought you through the long years in the past. The fact that I am standing in Victory at the end of 2010 is proof to me that God will see me through the difficulties of 2011.
I have one more service to preach in 2010. When service is over tonight I will have met all my obligations that looked so daunting 365 days ago. The miles have been driven, the diesel has been purchased, the preaching and singing commitments kept, the promises to my family delivered, the live recording made, our bills have been paid, our commitments to missions and other ministries have been honored and the sickness, heartache and trials of 2010 have been conquered!
We survived and thrived all year with the day by day help and grace of God. God's faithfulness in 2010 assures us of His faithfulness in 2011! Turn around and look where He has brought you from and what He brought you through!
You think He's going to let you down now? No sir! He is more than enough to face the twists and turns of life ahead.
So square your shoulders back and face 2011 head on! By the grace of God you AND I are going to make it.
God Bless You Friends!