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The Year of the Lord’s Favor
By Joel and Victoria Osteen - Jan 01, 2022
Happy New Year and welcome to 2022! This new year is going to present new opportunities, new reasons to give thanks to God, and new opportunities to serve Him. To start the new year right, are there some negative things you need to leave behind from 2021? A hurt, a bad attitude, an area that you’re compromising in? Don’t bring any of the offenses, or the self-pity, or the disappointments and bitterness into the new year. God is inviting you to “forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland” (Isaiah 43:18–19). As long as you’re dwelling on the negative past, you’re going to miss “the new things” God wants to do. Let this year be the year to break free from those things that have held you back once and for all.

You may have received God’s favor in the past, but life happens. Perhaps 2021 brought hopes and dreams that didn’t work out, and it’s taken your passion. Perhaps the pandemic continued to bring changes and disruptions that you didn’t see coming. Thoughts of doubt have come, such as “It’s never going to happen. I’ll never recover. I’ve seen my best days.” If the negative is drowning out what God has spoken over you, you need fresh favor spoken over your life. That’s why I’m going to declare a blessing upon you. If you receive it into your spirit, it has the power to unleash God’s favor.

Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is on me…to proclaim good news to the poor…to proclaim freedom to the prisoners…to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19). I declare this will be a year of God’s favor for you and your family, with healthy relationships and good friends. I declare new doors are going to open, with promotion, success, with creativity. I declare you are blessed with good health, with vitality and energy. I declare freedom for every bad habit, recovering for everything that was stolen. I declare that from this day forward you will experience a new sense of freedom, a new happiness, a new fulfillment. I declare you are blessed.

2022 is your year to rise up higher in your relationships, health, finances, and most of all, in your walk with God. As you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. Receive it by faith and declare, “Yes, God, this is for me today. I know You have something new and big coming my way in 2022!”
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