Happy New Year!

Over the
Christmas break the Lord gave me a powerful illustration for you in this New
Year. My Mom lives in a gated community in Rio Rancho, NM. On Christmas day we
were strolling around her community when we came upon the entrance to the
community. To our surprise the gates were open. Usually they are shut-up tightly
but on Christmas day the gates were wide open. 

verse that immediately came to mind is found in Psalms,

up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. 
8 Who is the King of
glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, invincible in battle.
 9 Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient
doors, and let the King of glory enter.” Psalm

I have a
strong impression from the Lord that He is going to swing open His gates of
abundance for His people in this New Year. He is not going to simply give you an
“open door” but He is going to “open up the floodgates of heaven.” The last time
God opened the floodgates of heaven was in Genesis 7 when the earth was
submerged in water. Our prayer for this New Year should be:

submerge the earth once again, this time with your grace and power. May the
earth be filled with the knowledge of the Lord like the waters cover the sea! Oh
Lord, open up your floodgates and pour down your abundant provision upon your
people. Young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD
shall not lack any good thing.”

God’s blessing for you in this New Year
is found in Deuteronomy 33:25:

“May the bolts of your
gates be of iron and bronze; may your strength match the length of your

Your strength like iron in “09”!

Carl Toti

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