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2013 - The Year of Elevation

Friend, Happy New Year!! I am confident that you and your household are well and that the Lord has kept you to see this glorious year. My wife and I are thankful to God for allowing us to step into this Year of Elevation.
Friend, this year will be characterized by elevations. This New Year, 2013, will be a year of elevation. Jeremiah 29:11 God says “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…””
An elevation is defined as a rise in altitude, a move to a place of prominence, a shift to a place with the nobles, royalty, a lofty place. All this is minute when compared to what God has in store for us this year. Friend, Get Ready!!! Get Ready!!! Get Ready!!!
Four things God has declared is that for this elevation to come to fruition, you need to heed to the following:-
1.    Focus on the Lord
2.    Trust in the Lord
3.    Strive for Purity
4.    Seek Wisdom
Focus on the Lord
In Matthew 14:28 – 30 we read the following in relation to Jesus walking on water and Peter asking to walk on water too.

28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

This year, 2013, God is going to make us do things we have never done and put us in positions we have never been before but the key to this happening is “focus”; we need to remain focused on HIM. That is the key to our sustenance.
Trust in God
It is one thing to be focused on the Lord, but it is another thing to trust HIM. Our FOCUS on HIM should cause us to trust HIM. We should totally believe HIM for all that HE has promised us. We should trust that He will do what He has promised us.
Remember, the wind will come, the storms will come, fire may come but that should not deter us from focusing and trusting Him.  As long as we remain focused and trust HIM we will not sink. God gives us another glorious promise in Isaiah 43:2 where He says When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned or scorched, nor will the flame kindle upon you”
Friend, purpose that this 2013 your focus and trust will be in the Lord and Him alone. Men may want you to trust them, systems, companies, finances etc…just ignore them all and put your entire trust in the Lord. The Psalmist says is Psalm 118:8 “it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” While men may disappoint you, God will never disappoint you.
Seek Wisdom
Friend, Wisdom is the principle thing. In this year of elevation, we need to be pursuers of wisdom. The Message Bible says very elaborately what I want to share with you in as far Wisdom is concerned…When I was a boy at my father’s knee, the pride and joy of my mother, He would sit me down and drill me: “Take this to heart. Do what I tell you—live! Sell everything and buy Wisdom! Forage for understanding! Don’t forget one word! Don’t deviate an inch! Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life; love her—she keeps her eye on you. Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding! Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious. She’ll garland your life with grace, she’ll festoon your days with beauty.”  (The Message Bible)  Proverbs 4: 6-8.
Walk in Purity
The quest for Wisdom and the result of focusing and trusting in the Lord is purity. This year, 2013, God desires that we strive for purity. As we obey Him, love Him and cherish His Word purity will be the result. Anything that is pure shines. Gold that is purified shines. Silver that is purified shines. As we walk in purity, the Master will cause us to shine. Friend, like a city set on a hill that cannot be hid, expect elevation to a place of prominence where all will be able to see and declare that indeed the Lord has been good to you. In addition, anything that is pure is expensive. Refined gold is expensive. Expect your value to increase. Your ideas will be valued. Your presence will be appreciated. This year, as we walk in purity, expect uncommon elevation.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. (Philippians 4:8)
Conclusion – A Solution Bearer
The logical conclusion of all this is that you will be A Solution Bearer. Daniel, who was ten times wiser than his peers, became a solution bearer for his generation. Joseph, who was sold by his brothers, became a solution bearer even in prison. Friend, God says “And I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, Who calls you by your name.” (Isaiah 45:2-3).  Deep insights that are a mystery to many will be revealed to you as God elevates you this year.  Friend, this year, 2013, get ready to be pushed to a place of prominence as God begins to showcase you. Get ready, Get ready, Get ready this is your year of ELEVATION!
Happy New Year!!!! Receive Elevation!!!!
Be blessed,
Bro Chester