ny flowerAs I think about the New Year, I just cannot resist the temptation to look back at 2016. I don’t want to speak ill of the dead, but this past year was not my favorite. I’ve been looking forward to a new calendar!

However, I have no reason to think 2017 won’t be full of the very same challenges that kicked my tookus in 2016. Let’s be honest: our problems don’t belong to the calendar. They belong to us. And, they go with us wherever we go—new address, new relationship, new year.

There is a way to overcome our problems, though. That doesn’t mean our problems will go away, but it does mean we can overcome them. That distinction matters.

Read more: Bring It On, New Year

ravenhill1Luke chapter 12, verses 49 and 50.

I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! I’ve been going to meetings for over seventy years all over the world—Pentecostal conferences, Methodist conferences, all kinds of conferences. 

I have heard the baptism of the Holy Spirit preached, I think, fifty different ways. 

In seventy years, I’ve never heard anybody preach on this text where Jesus, speaking of Himself says: “I have a baptism...”

Read more: Are You Able To Drink His Cup

leavenRom. 13:14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. 

One of the most blatant but casually dismissed strategies of Satan is allowing us to categorize and grade the activities and mindsets of the Flesh. 

This means that some places we yield to our flesh we have decided are not really "that bad." It's just a little joke, a little curse word, a little insult, a little appreciation for "her beauty", a little gossip, a little disrespect, a little lie...

Those who categorize their participation with their Flesh this way are deceived and deluded in their understanding of the Flesh, and the Devil. Neither your Flesh or Satan are hindered by quantity or measurement.

Read more: Make No Provision