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If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you

Good day brothers and sisters in Christ, we are meditating today in the book Mark 16:17-18. The bible says, “And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Bishop T.D. Jakes states, "It is not the movement of the clock that produces the newness of life, it is the movement in your mind." In other words, it is not because of the New Year that things will automatically be new or are supposed instantly to be beautiful. If we keep doing the same thing, if we keep the same old habits and attitudes, the result cannot be different just because it is a new year. Two very important lessons may be learned from Jesus' statement:

1. God's moves always follow people's faith; God's doings never come before a demonstration of faith on our part.

2. Faith is genuine and exists because of its object; our faith is authentic because of its object, which is none other than the Word of God or the gospel of Christ.

For this New Year and decade, as we choose to surrender to God's Word and Spirit, I wish to everyone to be fruitful everywhere and in everything because Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and me in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing... If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." (John 15:5, 7). Happy new year and have a blessed week.

Be blessed!

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