As we pause to reflect on the coming days of this year, we are much like God’s people,

Israel, who came to the border of their Promised Land. Ahead of them lay a land they had

not seen and unknown enemies.


The same is true for you. You stand at the threshold of a brand new year. Ahead of you

lies the unknown. What new challenges will you face this year? What victories await

you? What changes will occur throughout the world? How will your personal life, your

ministry, and your family be impacted in the coming months?


God instructed Israel to follow closely behind the Ark of the Tabernacle, which was

symbolic of His presence in the midst of His people. He told them to follow it“…that ye

may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way before” (Joshua



As we think about the coming year, we too “have not been this way before.” We do not

know what joys and sorrows or victories and problems lie ahead. But one thing is for

sure--we have the same assurance that God gave to Joshua at the border of Canaan:

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,

neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou

goest. (Joshua 1:9)


God has promised to be with you wherever you go. He has commanded you to be strong

and of good courage and not to be dismayed. The presence of God is advancing before

you into the coming year, just as the Ark led Israel into the unknown territory that lay

before them.


During this year, we will follow the journey of Israel from their inception as a nation to

their entry into their Promised Land. As we follow in the footsteps of God’s chosen

people, we will draw many spiritual parallels that apply to our own lives. There are some

exciting times ahead for us as we look by faith to the future. God has tremendous

victories planned for us in the coming days. There are some major challenges ahead also,

but… “…We are well able to conquer it…He will bring us into this land and give it to

us…” (Numbers 13:30; 14:8, AMP).


During the month of January, we will begin where Israel began. The pathway to their

destiny began with a man named Abraham who received a vision and stepped out by faith

to embrace his divine destiny. Through meditating on his story you will learn how a

spiritual vision is conceived, developed, and birthed by faith. You will learn of the

covenant promises Abraham received that are yours also--promises that assure that you

will reach your destiny.

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