Happy new year to you dear reader. I want to congratulate you for making it into this new year 2022. It is my prayer that this new year will be a year among years unto you in Jesus name. I pray that God will cause your feet to be deeply planted on the road to progress and you will never look backwards.
Our theme as we start this year is Repositioning. - RE-positioning.
What does it mean to reposition? First, you need to understand that positioning speaks about how you stand in relation or in contrast to other objects or other matters of reference. Positioning can also be explained as how you differentiate yourself from other similar concepts, principles or players in a domain.
As you begin this year dear reader please note yet again that the heart desire of God is that you succeed. The Bible speaking about the desires of our God for us in 3 John 1:2 says “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”. God desires your all-round progress and prosperity. But in spite that God desires progress for you it is easy for a man to hinder the good thoughts of God towards him in 2022 by the error of wrong positioning.
To be clear dear friend; the blessings of a man assigned to him by God is always planted in the place of his assignment. So, just to let you know, God’s blessings is everywhere but not everywhere for everyone. The Book of Genesis Chapter 12:1-4 Chronicles the beginning of the journey of Abraham with God.
“1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:”
Notice very closely, the wordings of Verse 2 and the order of the instructions- first go where I will show you and then I will bless you. You see how important your positioning is in determining the blessings of God over you? Until Abraham left his father’s house for the country of his assignment he did not receive the promise and fulfillment of the promise. There is an exact place where God wants you to function. There is a place of your own planting. Prayerfully ask God for it as you go into 2022 so that your effort more than ever will yield great reward.
Secondly, I want to have you know dear brethren that your positioning is also a function of the people and the environment even in the place of your calling. While it is important to go where God wants you to be, you must ensure by all means not to be around people that God does not want in your life. Sometimes we like a company of many but a company of fool shall always suffer destruction. Prov 13: 20 says “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.”
If your environment is not right for the word of God to find full expression, you might be frustrating Grace in 2022. It is a very important requirement in 2022 that you cultivate a kingdom environment all-around you throughout this year. Find the right companions as prayer partners. Get an apartment where you will not wake to the chant of Muslim prayers. Look for a job that allows you to serve God- be intentional.
Lastly, I want to have you know that your positioning is God-limiting if you are not very differentiated from unbelievers. 2022 is not the year to try to please men and blend-in. It is the year when all you do is please God and God alone. If you would be pleasing God you have got to stand in clear contrast to the ways of the world. Stop trying very hard to be accepted by the world. Jesus already said it in John 15:18-19. “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. Verse 19: If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you”
The Book of Luke shows us the life of the Prodigal Son. He had left the place of his planting to go to a country where God did not send him. The result was catastrophic. He was reduced to lesser than a pig.
He said to himself “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, Verse 19: And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. Verse 20 :And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” (Luke 15-18-22).
Dear reader, even if you are very far from where God planted you or where God instructed you to go it is time to do like the prodigal son. This new year provides a great new opportunity. Make use of it.