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Set the Tone
By Joel Osteen - Jan 04, 2010
It's the first Monday of the New Year, and so many people are ready for a new beginning. Maybe you had some tough breaks in 2009. Maybe things didn't go the way you planned, but it's a new day, a new year, a new decade. Your past does not define your future, you do. It's important to set the tone today and every day for victory, success, and increase. It doesn't matter what's going on in the world around you, the scripture says that the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn shining brighter and brighter. When things seem to be getting darker, that is your time to be a light, to shine.

I believe this year you are entering a new season. You may have been stuck at the same level year after year in the past, but get ready because God is about to do a new thing in your life. You haven't even touched the surface of all He has prepared for you! Don't allow what happened last year to set the tone for this New Year. Everything you've been through up until now has prepared you for the victory and blessing you are about to walk into.

I love what it says in Ephesians 3:20 that God is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works within us (NAS). I believe this is going to be a "far and beyond" decade. You are going to have opportunities to advance that you haven't seen before. It's going to be a decade of favor and increase; a decade where you will accomplish your dreams.

A Prayer for the New Year:

Father, thank You for getting us through 2009 and leading us into an exceedingly abundant, far-and-beyond decade. We declare what You said in Your Word that with long life You will satisfy us. We believe that You are guiding and directing us. We aren't going back; we're moving ahead and going into this New Year by faith. We aren't looking at the size of our problems; we are looking at the size of our God. You are bigger than any sickness or disease. You are bigger than any marital problem. You are bigger than any financial difficulty. You are bigger than the job reports and the housing market, and we receive every blessing You have for us by faith.

Father, thank You for healing our emotions. Thank You for giving us beauty for ashes. Lord, You said let the weak say I am strong, and so we declare that we are strong, we are blessed, we are free, we are forgiving, we are focused, we are equipped, we are accepted, we are established, and we are well able to do what You've called us to do. We declare that our best days are right out in front of us! Let us be an example of Your goodness to the world around us, and let everything we do this year bring honor to Your name.

We declare today that 2010 will be a new year in our lives. In Jesus' Name, Amen!
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