“Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.”
There is a word for you today from the heart of the Father, as you look ahead towards the start of another year.
1) God will guide you to where you need to go. Your destiny awaits you! The wise men were on a divine mission. The Scriptures do not tell us how long they followed the star, but they saw it hundreds of miles away and were led by it to Bethlehem. There were times when they were not too sure about their next steps, which is why they had to sometimes ask people for help. However, they only lost sight of the star temporarily, and finally had the joy of finding the house where Jesus was, and worshiping Him. Maybe you began this year with a clear vision of what you needed to do and where you were journeying to, but you feel like you lost the road map somewhere along the way. Perhaps you have taken steps which you felt were not led by the Lord, or you may feel like you are far from the goal which was clear to you previously. Yes, there may have been some wrong turns along the way, but forgive yourself and receive God’s peace! He loves you and wants you positioned in your place of blessing. Just refocus on the Master Planner, and He will draw you back to the master plan. He will restore your sense of vision and establish you back upon the upward track. Also, be assured that Daddy God will guide you into the place/calling He has for you. There is no need to maneuver circumstances or strive to make things happen because He will direct and guide you. He will take you higher than you ever dreamed you would go because He has great things in store.
2) God is streets ahead of the enemy! Herod tried to get information about Jesus by lying to the wise men, but the Holy Spirit stepped in and prevented them from going back to him, by warning them in a dream. In the same way, we may have been deceived about many things during the course of this year. The enemy may have used people and situations against us, set traps and road blocks for us, and sent many fiery darts against us, physically, spiritually and emotionally. There may have been times when you felt like the whole world was crumbling around you, but the Holy Spirit stepped in to protect you. He has been with you and although some challenging situations may have arisen in your life, you came through. You are still standing and still worshiping Jesus, alive and well. There is a Star to guide you. Jesus is taking you into the fullness of your destiny!
The wise men rejoiced greatly when they found the One they had been looking for. When they stepped into that house and worshiped Jesus, they stepped into their destiny; they were exactly where they were meant to be. Dear friend, the Lord has destiny and purpose for you. He has such good plans for you, and these are what He wants you to walk towards. 14 is a multiple of 7 which is God’s number of completion, fullness and purpose. I believe that 2014 will be a year of completion – projects, educational goals, searches for jobs, spouses and houses – and the fulfillment of dreams that God has placed within your heart. The new year is going to be good and you are heading for higher ground.
I pray today that every confusion and darkness be broken from your heart and mind, and that the light of Jesus will fill every aspect of your life with clarity, purpose and direction. The Holy Spirit is taking you towards the fulfillment of your destiny!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 30 January 2014
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