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New Years Message for 2009

We pray God’s blessing on you and your family for 2009. We always pray for the people who have been touched by the web site. For those who have sent prayer requests our hearts go out to you; those who are suffering with medical conditions, those who are in bondages, people who have family relationships that need mending, those who are brokenhearted, and the many that are suffering because of the economic situation. 2008 was a difficult year for many people. The good thing is that people are seeking God in greater number and with greater hunger, which causes God to hear and respond. We are also hearing how God is answering prayers and we know that He is at work in people’s lives around the world. 

The Lord has been showing me some things about 2008 and what is ahead for 2009. This last year has been a year of change and new beginnings. This will continue into the New Year. Some of the changes have been forced by circumstances which people find themselves in; however, even these can produce new beginnings which are good, if our focus stays on God our Father. The verse that God has given me for 2009 is Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.” (Luke 21:28)

Look up and lift up your head means to unbend from a posture of despair and look up with hope. The word redemption means to be set free because someone has paid your debt. Of course it is speaking of the price that Jesus paid for us on the cross. However, our God is the God who rescues and He rescues His people in many ways from many circumstances and He can rescue you. If you are currently in a difficult situation God will give you His peace in the middle of the storm if you keep your heart focused on Him. You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3

I believe 2009 is going to be a year of revelation and reconciliation for those who “look up” and focus on the things of heaven. When we look toward God our spiritual senses are focused on the things of heaven. If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Colossians 3:1 – 3)

The second scripture passage that the Lord gave me for 2009 is the story of the prodigal son. There are many people who have had an encounter with God in the past but the cares of this world distracted them and they have wandered away from the path of life. The Lord has allowed them to come to the end of themselves so that they will return to Him, their first love. So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. (Luke 15:20 – 24 NIV)

Notice that when he was a long way off the Father saw the son coming and He ran to meet Him. That means God the Father is looking for His wayward children to return to Him and when He sees them coming toward Him He runs to meet them with open arms and a big hug. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:8)

 If you are praying for someone to come back to Jesus or even someone who has not known the Lord yet, do not give up. The Lord works in many ways to reach people. You need to know that your burden for the person is also the Lord’s burden, don’t give up. You are placed in the position you are in to intercede for them. You are to speak forth God’s will on earth as it is in heaven. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. (1st John 5:14 – 15) I believe that 2009 is going to be a year of reconciliation of people to God and that will result in reconciliation between people also.

 There are many things in the Bible that people know in their minds but they do not have the revelation and understanding in their hearts. The body of Christ is coming into greater revelation as the Holy Spirit manifests greater understanding to people. The list below are some of the things that the Lord is impressing on my heart and I hope to write some articles about these things that will be published at the web site. Consider the things below and how they apply to your own life. Some of the revelations that people will begin to believe and understand in greater ways this year are: 

  • That God is our Father and He really does desire a parent child relationship with us. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:18 – 23) For the sons of God to be revealed they need to realize who they are and what it means to be God’s child.
  • The Fathers love. People are going to come into greater revelation about the Fathers love. This will not just be a revelation of knowledge but it will be a revelation of experience. Experiencing the Fathers love heals the deepest hurts and wounds in people’s hearts and lives. People will learn how to walk in God’s love in greater ways. People will learn how to how to tap into God’s river of love and experience a spiritual hug from the Father whenever they want one. This will also be a revelation of humility as people realize that humility creates a place for God’s love to flow to. Just as gravity pulls the flow of water to the lowest point so too humility attracts God’s grace and love.

People will also come to understand that the Fathers love is both His compassion and His discipline. People will come into the realization that God their Father disciplines those He loves as a good Father does. God’s discipline is not to punish us but to help train us in the way we should go. Even God’s judgments are not for punishment but rather to bring things in line with His righteousness. With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. (Isaiah 26:9) We will learn to trust and rest in God’s love and care for us. 

  • The law of sowing and reaping. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7) People are going to come into greater understanding of how this law affects every area of life. People will begin to realize that sowing and reaping applies not only to their giving financially but also to their giving of time, their words, and even their thoughts (meditation). People will also begin to observe that the reaping will sometimes come very quickly. The time between sowing and reaping is getting shorter because the Lord wants us to understand that our actions, words, and thoughts (meditation) have consequences. People will begin to take their words more seriously as they see the power of their spoken words. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21) People will learn to be careful with their words as they come to realize the power of their spoken words.

People will also learn to sew God’s compassion with their giving, this is the anointing and these people will be distributors of God’s love. Their influence will touch all that they have compassion for. Those who learn to keep the river of God’s love flowing through their hearts even while suffering offences will be overcomers. Blessed are the merciful (compassionate), For they shall obtain mercy (compassion). (Matthew 5:7) What is sewn in God’s love will be reaped on earth and in heaven. 

  • Righteousness and the Kingdom of God. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. ( Matthew 6:33) The world situation already has many turning to look to heaven for help. More people are going to realize that to receive from heaven they must align with heaven. This will cause a hunger and thirst for righteousness and the knowledge of God. People will learn in the process that experiencing God’s love, joy, and peace is greater than the things of earth. People will learn to live in the secret place of His presence. You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. (Psalms 16:11) As peoples revelation of God increases so will their love of God. This is part of the process of the body of Christ maturing and is necessary for the sons of God to be revealed on earth.
  • Your desire is connected to your destiny. This can be either good or bad. Your desire propels you toward fulfilling your desire. Desire is the seed and destiny is the fruit of your desire. I believe that desire is the seed of destiny that is sown by God into your heart. However, the desire can be corrupted through deception so that you begin to want to fulfill your desire through the flesh instead of by the Holy Spirit. For instance lust is the desire of love corrupted. Eve had a desire to be like God. The desire is not bad; we were created in the image of God to be like Him. However, when her desire to be like God became greater than her love-desire for God she was easily deceived and tried to fulfill her desire by eating physical fruit instead of spiritual.

    Desires that are brought into alignment with God’s desires will be fulfilled by the Spirit, not by our efforts. People are going to learn that as they seek the Lord and obey His voice they will see their hearts’ desires fulfilled. Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. People will learn to recognize the desires that God has placed deep in their hearts. Desires become destiny when we seek God, not the desires, desires are fruit and that comes from abiding in Jesus. (Psalms 37:4 – 5If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. (John 15:7 – 8)

    God is the One who makes desires happen. God can trust you with your fulfilled desire when He knows that He is your greatest desire. When the Lord is your greatest desire you will not be disappointed, He will reveal Himself to you. But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul. When you are in distress, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice (for the Lord your God is a merciful God), He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them. (Deuteronomy 4:29 – 31)

Seek God Ministries Update

Some of you may not be aware that our family has moved to the Philippines to work as missionaries. As of November 1st 2008 we completed our first year in the Philippines. We have a long term commitment here and our hope is that after establishing a solid base in the Philippines we will begin to reach into some other Asian countries also, as the Lord enables us.

Our missions work compliments the work we do on the web site. Many of the articles at the web site are things that the Lord has shown me during previous trips to the Philippines. The Lord continues to teach us many things while living here. Some of the things mentioned above are things the Lord has been showing me recently and I hope to write articles that will be published on the web site about them. Our goal is always to make Jesus known and edify the body of Christ. We do that through the internet and in many ways through our work in the Philippines. You can learn more about what we are doing through our newsletters, vision, and other ministry information that is available at the web site.

This last year was a good year in that the Lord increased our faith and dependence on Him. It was also a tough year for us financially as it was for many of you. It seems that tough times do produce growth in us. I am very optimistic for the year 2009 for us and for you. We are beginning to be able to expand our outreach to more street kids in the Philippines and that is one of the things we know the Lord has called us to do. If you or your church is looking for a frontline ministry to partner with we hope that you will prayerfully consider Seek God Ministries. For those of you who are supporting us through prayers and financial giving we thank you and we know that the Lord will bless you for sewing into this ministry.

God bless you and your family throughout 2009,

Gary Robert Ballard
Seek God Ministries

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