Starting the New Year off right!

“You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”  Psalm 16:11 (NIV)

Every January, God calls my husband and I to fast and pray concerning the New Year and He always meets us in extraordinary ways.  It is a time of giving God our everything – our time, our thoughts, our desires, our weaknesses and our plans for the upcoming year.  While our flesh longs to run to temporary pleasures, such as, food, television or things of this world to fill a void within, the truth is, real joy only comes from spending time in God’s Presence.  What we “think” will satisfy us never does.  What we “think” is the solution never is because Jesus is everything we need.  It is God who will show us the path of life.  It is through spending time with Jesus that we will experience an overflowing joy that will fill the God-shaped hole within our soul.

I believe that you, like me, long to be like Jesus.  You want to think like Him, love like Him and walk in obedience as He walked. You desire for people’s lives be changed, souls to be saved and bodies to be healed.  But you are also aware that true transformation is not possible without God.  With man it is impossible, but with God ALL things are possible.

My question for you today is:  To whom or what are you leaning on for the year 2009? Are you leaning on man, money, prestige, losing weight or anything of this world?  I am all too familiar with these trappings and how each faulty solution tells us the same lie… “if you will just do this or purchase that – then you will be happy.” Yet happiness my friend fades, it is temporary and dependent on our circumstances, but God’s joy is eternal and is greater than any trial or circumstance we may endure on earth.

Our scripture above makes it clear as to where our joy comes from – it is found in the presence of God. It is time for us to stop looking to the things of this world to fill us up. Nothing (losing 10 pounds, eating a piece of chocolate cake, getting a promotion, getting married, obtaining a degree, winning the lottery, etc) can give you joy unspeakable and full of glory, except for Jesus.

Prayer:

“Lord, I give you my life and ask that You fill me with Your joy unspeakable and full of glory.  Forgive me for turning to the things of this world in hope to fill the God-shaped hole in my soul.  It is only in Your presence that eternal joy is found.  I give you my life and ask that you direct my paths in 2009.  Open doors to my destiny in Christ.  And may my life bring you glory all of my days.  Amen.”

Special Announcement

Dear Friends, 
 
 It is with great excitement that I announce to you, National Worship
 Leader, Song Writer (of over 1,000 songs), Minister and personal
 friend, Tony Sutherland, will be featured on TBN this coming Monday,
 January 19th.  Please tune in and enjoy the best worship you have
 ever heard in your life!!  Tony and his wife Sherri, have been one
 of our very best friends for over 12 years now.  My husband and I
 give Tony our highest recommendation and endorsement.
 
 The details are as follows: 

 Monday, January 19th
 Tony Sutherland will be featured on TBN Praise Program hosted by
 Jentezen Franklin
 5:00 & 10:00 p.m. EST
 2:00 & 7:00 p.m. PST
 Log onto www.tbn.org for viewing details

 
 I hope you can tune in because I know you will be blessed!  For more
 information about Tony, log onto his website: http://www.tonysutherland.com 

See you tomorrow for "Tuesdays With Tracy!"
 
Blessings,
Tracy Hurst 

Now Is The Time

“As God’s fellow workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.  For He says, ‘In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.’ I tell you, NOW IS THE TIME OF GOD’S FAVOR, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION.”  2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NIV)

I have tasted the mountain tops and sat in the valleys, but through it all, I have gained a most wonderful treasure – the ability to hear God’s voice. And lately, I have been hearing that “now is the time for God’s favor and salvation (restoration) for His people.” I understand that it may not look like it or feel like it, but I declare to you, “now is the time of God’s favor” for your life and the Kingdom of God. I realize that the year 2008 was a difficult one for lots of us.  Many of God’s children had precious things stolen from them, but I am here to declare to you today – No More in Jesus Name!  This is the time of God’s favor and restoration to fall upon us for His purposes.  What used to be hard will become easy and what used to be missing will now be restored.  Friends, be expectant because NOW is the time for God’s favor and salvation throughout the nations.

It is no mistake that there is currently an all-out war for Gaza because the Nation of Israel is greatly tied to the end times.  However, we are not to fear, Matthew 24:6 tells us, “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed.  Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.  Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. You may be asking –birth pains to what? My friend, it is the birth pains of the Return of Christ.  But before His return, we are to use our God-given authority and power through the Cross of Jesus to make the enemies of God a footstool (Hebrews 10:13).

And as God’s chosen people, we are called to prepare the way of the LordMy friend, it is no mistake that you are alive at this time and whether you realize it or not – you are called.  BUT in order to prepare the way of the Second Coming of Christ, we must first become kingdom-focused and not self-focused.

There is a sifting going on in the body of Christ at this time- those who will serve God versus those who will only serve themselves. My question for you today is – which will you choose:  Will you surrender your life to God and give Him all the Glory or will you choose  self-preoccupation and receive the glory unto youself?  Will you serve your desires or Gods desires? Now is the time we must choose.  God’s favor and salvation is here.

Prayer:

“Lord, I realize that I have a choice today of serving You or myself.  I give You my life and choose to serve You for such a time as this.  Change the way I think and allow me to become Kingdom-focused rather than me-focused.  I want to be one of those who prepare the way of Your return!  I declare that NOW is the time for God’s favor and salvation over my life and over the Nations.  Amen.”

Moving Forward

“Brethren, I count myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things
where are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of
God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

“It is not in good taste to remind God of something that He has forgotten.”
Quote from Kenneth Hagin

“We will never reach our future destination in Christ if we continually drive through our life while looking through the rear view mirror.”  Quote from Tracy Hurst

As I think back upon 2008, I am cognizant not only of my good choices and blessings, but also my failures and disappointments. And that is why the scripture above is so important to me as I embark on the New Year. I have a choice of life and death before me and so do you…it is a decision that only we can make ourselves and it will greatly alter our destiny in Christ. The choice is this: Will I allow the enemy to hold me in bondage to the sins and failures of my past or will I embrace Philippians 3:13-14 and move forward to what God has for me in 2009?

Even if we are not proud of our past, the truth is that when we repent to God – we are forgiven. Period. I love what Kenneth Hagin Sr. has said “It is not in good taste to remind God of something that He has forgotten.” Selah (pause and think about that for a moment). You will either believe the Word of God or the voice of the enemy concerning your future. It is because of the Cross of Jesus that nothing can hold you in your past, but YOU! The enemy was defeated, your destiny was made secure and IT IS TIME for you to move forward.

God has made His plans for you very clear in Ephesians 2:10 (NLT), which states, “For we are Gods masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” The year 2009 will be full of adventure and blessings if you choose to let go of your disappointments of the past and grab onto God’s grace and truth concerning your future.

Just as a trapeze artist must let go of one swing so he can grab onto the next one which leads him to his ultimate destination of the other side, we too much let go of 2008 in order to grab onto 2009.  It is time for us to stop swinging back and forth and move forward in the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Prayer:

“Lord, I choose life this day by letting go of my past and grabbing onto my future in You.  Thank you for giving Your life on the Cross so that I can receive Your love, acceptance and forgiveness.  I rebuke the enemy and his pack of lies concerning my future!  I will no longer entertain my past and its failures, but I will press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I declare that 2009 will be the greatest year of my life!  Amen.”