Welcome again to this week's word for the week. Well, this is literally the last word for the week for 2019! Looking back over this year I'm truly excited for countless things the Lord has done, is doing, and will yet do before this year is out. I'm a firm believer in reflection meaning I like to spend some time and just take in all of the things concerning the Lord. So, while many people are out and about this is actually the time for me to really slow down and mediate on the things of God.
Many of you reading this have faced various success and failures this year. Our theme for this year was the year of victory but even that had some highs and lows and they were all necessary. Oftentimes, we simply want to win without anything going wrong. We want to win without going through any pain or hardships. The truth is that victory by itself means nothing if you haven't learned something that will make better as you continue on in life. In other words, if there's no lessons learned you will find yourself repeating the testing.
I believe that many great things are on the horizon for the body of Christ. In the midst of all of the trials we face we know that God is still on the throne. He has not left us and He won't leave us now. I truly believe that the best is yet to come but we must prepare ourselves for those things. Before we ask for something we need to count the cost. The problem is not can God do it. The question is are you ready? Great things require great preparation. To whom much is given much is required.
Enjoy your days as you rightfully should. Tomorrow is not promised to any of us so we should make the most of every day in front of us. There is nothing wrong with standing in expectation of God getting ready to do some great things so please make sure you understand me. I'm simply saying that we should enjoy today while looking forward to our tomorrow. If tomorrow comes then we will praise God for that day and look forward to even greater things!
There are some of you reading this who have fallen down in some things. To that I simply say to get up from it. Don't allow yourself to be defined by your mistakes. Allow yourself to be defined by what you've gotten up from. Our failures should never be the best part of us. Getting up from those failures should be what we're known by. We get up from those failures through Christ. We do what He told countless people to do in the bible, we go and sin no more.
There is something undone in all of us. There are more things God wants to do in all of us. There are things we want to see God do. There are things we still want to experience in God. All of these things are possible if we simply believe. Perhaps this year you found your faith wavering. Perhaps you found yourself not as strong as you usually are. Maybe you walked away from things you should've stayed in. Maybe you got into things you should've stayed out of. My point is if you find yourself in the wrong position then reposition yourself so that you may stay in the will of God.
The new year will be here before the next word for the week. While there is much excitement and anticipation with many people I still encourage you to reflect on this year. Think about some of the things you can change for next year. Think about some of the things you need to do and some of the things you need to stop. Think about what will make you a better Christian. After you think on those things, do those things! Don't make excuses. Make a commitment. Don't complain. Praise God. Don't be weary in well doing. Encourage yourself in the Lord.
I pray that you have found many treasures, jewels, and gems in these words for the week. I pray it has helped your spiritual walk in countless ways. I pray many blessings upon you and I pray that the Lord will deliver you in due season from whatever it is that concerns you. Remember, take some time and reflect. Until 2020 Lord willing, stay blessed!
May the Lord continue to bless and keep you in His grace,
Bishop Carlos J. Lennon