Guest post by Pastor Gesner Lefort.
Dear reader, a new year is upon us. It is an opportune moment to turn ourselves to God more than ever before so that we might receive a fresh anointing and the fresh perspective that comes from faith.
The people of God are a people of faith. In Hebrews 11:6, the Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God. “The one who draws near to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of the one who seeks Him.” In order to receive the faith that pleases God and for which God rewards us, we must turn to His Word — “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17).
The people of God are a spiritual people with spiritual vision of a spiritual destiny. We do not base our view of the future or our hope on the news of the day or what the government is doing. Rather, we put our faith in Christ and this faith is our assurance of things hoped for, the things that will bring us peace.
No matter what the situation, God always provides a door of hope for those who put their trust in Him. In the Bible we read (and we know this also from experience) that “in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, for those who are called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).
At the beginning of last year, God spoke to me intuitively and told me that 2011 would be a year of lack. At the same time, He gave the faith to believe that God would take care of those who put their trust in Christ. To be perfectly honest, 2011 was indeed a year of lack for us in Haiti, a year of political, financial, and public health crises, the year when an ongoing cholera epidemic began. Despite all of this, I continued to believe God, that He rewards those who seek Him. No member of my family, and no member of my church, was touched by cholera. God took care of me and my family, providing for our daily needs, and He gave us enough to take care of those He brought into our path as well. God is faithful.
At the beginning of this new year, I believe that God has entrusted me with a word different from what he spoke to me last year. I have shared it with my local church, and I would like to share it with you. I believe God told me that 2012 would be a year when God would complete those of us who trust in Christ in every domain. I believe that that meant that he would provide for our needs, although it didn’t mean that we wouldn’t have to seek his face in faith. On the contrary, it is faith that would give birth to the work that God is doing. As such, in our church in Haiti, we set the last week of 2011 apart, and went into spiritual combat to take hold of that which is ours in the Kingdom of God. There were some vibrant testimonies that came out of this period of spiritual combat, and the name of Jesus was glorified. Because of this, I would greatly encourage everyone this new year to be vigilant in the Lord to enter into all that Christ died to obtain for us. “Grace be with all those who love Jesus Christ with incorruptible love” (Eph. 6:24)
Gesner Lefort is the pastor of Centre de Formation Chrétienne (Christian Training Center) in Ste. Philomène, Haiti.
Dear Pastor Gesner Lefort, what a wonderful and encouraging word you have brought to us. Thank you for sharing your testamony of what God has bought you though and what He will do for us all in the next year as we seek His face. I know God loves that big smile of yours and is looking for ways to bless you with abundance for every good work!! Keep writing. It brings memories of Haiti and reminds me of the great people I have met there.
Kathy Fitzpatrick – San Diego, CA