Year of Newness
Since 2016, we have been learning to receive the goals and directions for a new year under the Holy Spirit's guidance: 2016 was the Year of Abundance, whereas 2017 was the Year of Glory. Together, we witnessed the work of the Father in Kam Kwong Church through the hands of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. It was surely more than all we had imagined or asked for. In the 2017 Year-End Thanksgiving Service on 31 December, many shared God's mercy and grace in their lives. The sick were healed; some got promotion and a pay rise; some had flourishing businesses; some underwent revival; some grew in their love for Christ; some started serving the Lord...2017 was indeed the Year of Glory!
What about 2018? I do not want to rigidly set 2018, or the years onwards, to be the Year of something just because we had done so for the last two years. The sole reason why we set 2016 to be the Year of Abundance and 2017 the Year of Glory was the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, as I prayed to the Lord and waited on Him about the path in 2018, I shared my thoughts with Him, "Lord, without your clear guidance and revelation, I will not set 2018, and the future as well, to be the Year of something. It is because I respect Your guidance, instead of leading the church relying on my own thoughts and experience." In my prayer and as I waited on God, the Holy Spirit plainly told me that 2018 should be made a "New" year (remark: later we adopted the term "Year of Newness"). Based on what I received from the Spirit, 2018 is a year in which God will do new things – so new that we have never experienced it before, like what the prophet Isaiah said, "God is the Lord who makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." (Isaiah 43:19; NIV) I sincerely look forward to seeing the work of God unfold and manifest His glory this year. Yet, in the first week of the year, I have already seen the wonderful hands of the Lord transforming lives. I am confident that the year of 2018 will be brilliant. Let us strive to achieve the goal of raising 200 zone leaders and 1500 cell leaders, and may the Father actualize the plan for a new worship centre, since the current worship centre is insufficient in capacity. I bless all branches of Kam Kwong Church worldwide with the grace of our Father, the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. In 2018, let us experience the "New" year together. As Scripture says, He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion. (Philippians 1:6; NIV) Amen!