I congratulate you and your loved ones for making it into 2015 in style to the glory of God. There is no doubt that we all started the year with great expectations, irrespective of the various dimensions and shades of individual experiences in 2014. I have confidence in the Lord that He will help you to end this year well and testify to His faithfulness. His zeal will accomplish it in Jesus name. The Lord has various blessings in stock for His children as we continue to respond in obedience to His prompting and leading. Therefore, it is not a surprise that He is determined to make 2015 a year of “More Gladness, and Less Anxiety” for everyone that identifies with His heartbeat – “Missions” – either through GOING for Him, GROANING for those that have gone (or will go) and / or GIVING to alleviate the challenges confronting them. There is room for every one of us to play a part. The importance of gladness cannot be quantified. It is invaluable to the extent that it can be said to be indispensable to the achievement of sustainable results. One of its many synonyms is “cheerfulness”. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones”. Without a doubt, the Lord used many people to bring gladness to the hearts of His servants on mission fields in 2014 which greatly contributed to the level of breakthroughs achieved by them.
Praise the Lord! I believe that He also used others and / or events to make them glad in return. No wonder Galatians 6:7 clear implies that when you sow gladness, you will also reap gladness. I declare that God will make all grace abound to you in 2015 to enable you sow gladness more than ever before, and cause others (and occasions) to bring gladness to your life and home in Jesus name. Anxiety leads to crushing of the spirit and makes us take our eyes ‘off the ball’. This in turn leads to discouragement and loss of confidence in the ability of God, and ultimately sidetracks us from doing what is expected of us. This ultimately culminates in little or no result at all. However, the more the measure of gladness, the less the available space for anxiety. I therefore encourage you to do whatever it takes to sow gladness this year in the lives of others, especially God’s servants, more than ever before and see how the Lord will blow your mind with the abundance of gladness that runs over. (Luke 6:38)