-Chidiebere Dennis Owah
NEW ASSIGNMENTS,NEW ANOINTING AND NEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN THE NEW YEAR:
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Acts 1:8;Luke 10:19).
Many people are carried away by the euphoric feeling of making it to the new year that they forget to understand that every new year comes with it some new assignments for each individual. As a matter of fact, we all are on probation on this earth and as such every new day, not just year, ushers in new set of assignments from God for each and every one of us. These assignments come in form of challenges and tasks that when handled effectively will promote God’s course and advance the welfare of the generality of humanity.
Now, given the above stated fact concerning the tasks we are faced with at the dawn of this new year, it becomes extremely essential that we seek for new anointing that will enable us arrive successfully at a desirable destination at the end of this year.
Meanwhile, what is anointing? Anointing is a biblical and theological term which represents the power,enablement,ability of the Holy Ghost that enhances a person’s capacity to the extent that he or she can accomplish what he or she wouldn’t have been able to accomplish under normal circumstances.Anointing,which is also designated as unction or spiritual virtue in the New Testament of the Bible is what shores up the believer’s ability to enable him or her do things that appear impossible and sounds incredible.
Really; it is this anointing that the children of God need in order for them to face the new challenges that this year Twenty Eighteen will thrust at them.And,that is what forms the Topic of our write up this day. We are sub-dividing the write up into three parts. They are the following:
1.REALIZING OUR NEW ASSIGNMENTS FROM GOD IN THE NEW YEAR:
Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.(Josh.1:1,3).
Here we are looking at Joshua Moses’ lieutenant facing up to anew dawn, a new beginning and a new era in his life. To him it was like we have the beginning of a Year today. And, God was very categorical in talking
Like I established above assignment in this context means the challenges that we faced with at every moment of our lives. Think about for Adam, it the assignment of harnessing the resources of the earth. For Abraham it was that of living his land of nativity to an unknown destination which God has prepared. What about David? Well, he had Goliath to conquer. How about the Apostles in the New Testament? Theirs was to take the gospel to the dark and dangerous world of the Jew and Gentiles.
Now, how were this people able overcome these challenges cum assignments from the Lord? They realized and understood that they had these assignments facing them. Haven’t you heard that problems known is one half solved. That is what we need to do-realize we have into another year of probation,possibilities,tasks,assignments and challenges from the Almighty God this year.
Meanwhile, we need to know that God has different assignments for different people. To the sinner ,it is that of sincere repentance. For the believing children of God, it is that of sustainable righteous living and soul winning. Not only that, there may be some specific things that God is telling the believer to which may appear impossible.But,we need to know that those difficult challenges are our opportunities for greatness. Adam would have died without fame if he did explore his world.Abraham,David and many others would have died unsung if they didn’t face their individual challenges. Friend; you need to face up to your challenges in life and overcome them if you desire to be a man or woman of substance.
2.RECEIVING A NEW ANOINTING FROM GOD FOR THE NEW YEAR:
And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons. And Samuel did that which the LORD spake, and came to Bethlehem. Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, The LORD hath not chosen these. And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found favour in my sight. And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him. (1 Sam.16:1,4a,10,12,13,22,23).
God is a gracious and generous God that will always give his grace and anointing to whosoever will hunger and thirst for it passionately. Anybody that will go to God in faith and total yieldedness for unction and anointing to achieve great things for his glory will always receive audience and answer from the Almighty God.And,the way to receive, not just anointing, but all blessings from God is by praying passionate prayers. Prayer brings the supernatural into the natural. It brings the Heavenly and divine into the earthly and human. Prayer turn a sinner to a saint, transform a powerless and fearful Christian into a powerful and courageous conquer.
Believing brethren,especially,Preachers,we need to seek the face of God for this new anointing for our new challenges and assignments this new year. The anointing of yesteryear is not sufficient for the exigencies of today. We need something new from heaven to grapple with some new challenges on earth.
3.RECORDING NEW ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH GOD THIS NEW YEAR:
Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel.(Isaiah 41:15,16).
By the grace of God, this year is a year of recording new accomplishments and attainment for the children of God who will be ready to address themselves to the challenges the All-wise God will thrust at them. That is those that are ready to seek the new anointing for their new assignments from the Lord. As a matter of fact, stretched before us this year 2018 are windows of opportunities for us to write our names in gold. History’s beckoning us this new year.
Let us rise to the occasion and address ourselves to God’s assignments for us.
-Chidiebere Dennis Owah