“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”
2 Corinthians 5:17
The eve of a new year is such a significant occasion in a believers life. It allows us to look back and reflect on all God has done for us and look ahead to all He will do for us. It allows us to reflect on God’s grace and mercy, His constant provisions, His support in moments of weakness and most importantly, His steadfast and committed love towards us, His children. Yet above all else, it gives us an opportunity to re-focus our intentions and re-align our visions to be in tune with all the Holy Spirit has for us for the forth-coming year.
There is a wonderful scene in Lord of the Rings movie, where a wizard named Gandalf, when confronted with a great evil, slams his staff into the ground and shouts out to the evil “YOU SHALL NOT PASS!” There is a great significance about this action, not just in the film but Spiritually as well. Why? Because it is about time that we as Christians did the same thing with our enemy. In Jesus’ Name and in His power we can put a ‘stake in the ground’, and say that from this moment on, enemy, “YOU SHALL NOT PASS”. You shall not enter into my mind, my school, my work, my marriage, my children, my relationship with Jesus, or any other place. It is time friends, to stand your ground, and to resist the enemies fiery arrows. It is time to stop allowing the enemy to be comfortable leading us away from the path of righteousness.
In Jesus’ power and girded with the armour of Christ, we can stand firm. But the conscious decisions to start saying NO must come from us. Will you put your stake in the ground?