“I will make all My goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee.” (Exodus 33:19)

The Lord will make all His goodness to pass before us this year. This promise was given to Moses personally and it could be taken for each one of us as we are also cleansed by the Blood of Jesus. Moses’ prayer was, ‘Lord, show me Your Glory.’ He was concerned about the Glory of the Lord, but the Israelites were concerned about their needs. When Moses went up with the two tablets of stone, God descended in a cloud and proclaimed the Name of the Lord. Be careful to give Glory to the Name of the Lord in everything you do. There is special significance and blessing in the Name of the Lord.

  1. SPIRITUAL STABILITY: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7) They that remember the name of the Lord shall stand upright but they that depend upon the arm of flesh shall fall down. When we remember the Name of the Lord, He will make us stand firm in our calling, divine love, dedication, holiness and faith. Secondly, we will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil; not in our own strength, but in the strength of the Lord. The enemy will go down in defeat, but God’s people will stand upright. We should not boast in our human resources, but in the Name of the Lord who can save us in every situation. God will establish our spiritual life and grant us a steadfast Christian life this year.
  1. DEPENDABLE HELP: “Give us help from trouble for vain is the help of man” (Psalm 60:11). We may not be able to depend on human help, for human help will fail, but God’s help is dependable. When the Canaanite woman came to Jesus, He did not speak to her a word, yet she did not leave Him. She had no alternate resource in mind when she came to Jesus, therefore she received her miracle. On the other hand, King Saul also prayed and enquired of the Lord, but when God remained silent, he went to the witch of Endor, and so he lost all that he had. Our God is the Creator of the Heaven and Earth and He can create something out of nothing for us. He created eyes for the blind man, but doctors can only transplant. This year, call on Him, He will not fail you.
  1. WONDERFUL GUIDANCE: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21) . God led the people of Israel in a marvellous way. He made a way for them in the midst of the sea. He was a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. As the Lord God led the people of Israel, He will lead you too. Our Heavenly guide wants us to give our heavy loads to Him. We need not carry them this year, but cast it all on to Him, for He cares for us. He wants to go before us and show us the way and our duty is to follow Him. He will be our eternal guide. He will direct us and guide us every step of the way. He wants us to have implicit confidence in Him. He is our ‘Light house.’ When we look to Him for direction, we will go in the right path. If we fix our eyes on Him, we will never go astray. We will reach our destiny safely.
  1. REMARKABLE VICTORY: “Then said David to the Philistine, thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the Name of the Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel whom thou hast defied” (I Samuel 17:45). David had a remarkable victory over Goliath because he trusted in the Name of the Lord. He faced many enemies stronger than himself, but not stronger than his God. The whole army of Israel were afraid of Goliath because they focused on his stature. From a teenager he knew that his God was with him. He had confidence in his God. What David did to Goliath is recorded in history so that the Name of the Lord could be glorified. The Lord wants us to stand for Him with holy zeal. If you focus on your giant you will stumble, but if you focus on your God, your giant will tumble. In the midst of your difficult and impossible situations, your enemy will see your God working for you.
  1. POWERFUL HEALING: “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the Church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord” (James 5:14). There is healing in the Name of the Lord. When we come to God, we need to believe that He is able to heal us without having an alternate source in mind. “But unto you that fear His name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and you shall go forth and grow up as calves of the stall” (Malachi 4:2). The Lord is our great physician. He says, “I am the God that healeth you.” Everyday claim good health as you get up from your bed. Our body should prosper as our soul prospers. As you become stronger and stronger in the Lord, you will enjoy good health and strength. ‘The inhabitants shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity’ (Isaiah 33:24). We are people forgiven, cleansed by the Blood of Jesus and healed. We shall be hale and healthy as we trust in the healing Name of Jesus.
  1. HOPEFUL REFUGE: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10). In times of trouble, the Name of the Lord shall be a strong tower for you. David was driven from pillar to post, literally wandering in the wilderness, but he trusted in the Name of the Lord as his refuge. He said in II Samuel 22:2, “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.” We may face oppositions, obstacles and trials in our lives this year, but thank God we have the Name of the Lord for our refuge. We can take shelter in the Name of the Lord. One day, when Charles Wesley was in his study room, a little bird that was pursued by a hawk, flew through the window right into the bosom of Charles Wesley, where the baffled hawk dare not follow. This led him to write the Hymn, ‘Jesus, lover of my soul.’ When you find your refuge in Jesus, the devil will never dare to follow you anymore.
  1. INEXPLICABLE JOY: “I will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high” (Psalm 7:17). We need to sing praises to the Name of the Lord. When can we sing? We can sing only when we are joyful. The Lord promises you joy this year. Your heart and mind will be filled with joy and you will be singing all along your life. The Bible says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). Paul says, “Be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). Joyful singing is the outcome of being filled with the Spirit. Do not let your troubles rob you of your joy. Imaginary troubles are harder to bear than your real ones. This year as you claim the Name of the Lord for every circumstance that you face, you will be victorious. The Lord says, “I will make all My goodness to pass before you. I will be gracious and merciful unto you.”