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Summary: in order to be a conqueror of your life then God needs to be in control of your life.

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CONQUER YOUR NEW YEAR om n oorwinner te wees in hierdie nuwe jaar

So we are in 2017, a New Year, how many of you have started by saying this year I am going to lose weight, go on a diet. Or I am going to stop my bad habit. Question: have you started?

It is natural for us to look back over last year and think what did we accomplish in our lives, work, personal and hopefully spiritual?

How much time did I spend in God’s word?

How consistent was I in my prayer life?

Did I go to church, to worship?

Did my testimony help bring anyone to Jesus?

Did I achieve all I set out to do?

So I ask you all how was your spiritual life last year, was it up to standard. Let us reflect, consider this: what did you see God do? Where you a conqueror (oorwinner) of your life in 2016?

I saw Him restore broken people

I saw people being saved

I saw hope being reborn and the transformation of many lives

I saw God do some things in me and through me and around me, DID YOU?

Now I am not saying that there is a problem with New Year resolutions (if you keep them) or a problem that you were not a conqueror last year, maybe just maybe we need to chance, to face today instead of looking back.

In Isaiah 43:18-19

The Lord says “ Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to the things of old, Look I am about to do something new, even now it is coming, do you not see it?

We need to have a clear view of the year ahead, as it says in

James 4:14

We do not know what tomorrow will bring – what your life will be.

We hear a lot at the moment, that we are living in the end times that Jesus is coming soon, that the end of the world is near. Should we not be living as John the Baptist announcing Jesus as the Messiah who is coming? John’s purpose in life was to introduce the world to the Lamb of God and baptized people in the name of Jesus.

John’s life statement was recorded in John 3:30

He must increase, but I must decrease.

So easy to say and how difficult to live, what does your life statement about your life, now it does not matter what you are, you could be a pastor, a housewife, a lawyer, a motor mechanic, a lazy person, a workaholic; whatever you do or wherever you are headed, YOUR LIFE MAKES A STATEMENT TO THE WORLD however God in His perfect wisdom gave us the choice, allows us to choose the course our life will take. We can choose life, death, right or wrong, good or evil, God or not. But has your choice allowed you to be a conqueror of your life?

Does it include Jesus?

What does it reveal?

Does it show your reason for living?

Turn with me to JOSHUA 6:1-5

Jericho was bolted and barred shut because the people were afraid of the Israelites. No one could enter or leave. The LORD said to Joshua, "I am about to hand Jericho, its king, and its warriors over to you. All the soldiers will march around the city once a day for six days. Seven priests will carry rams' horns ahead of the ark. But on the seventh day you must march around the city seven times while the priests blow their horns. When you hear a long blast on the horn, all the troops must shout very loudly. The wall around the city will collapse. Then the troops must charge straight ahead into the city."

LET US READ NEXT VERSE 14-16

They went around the city once on the second day and returned to the camp. They did this for six days. On the seventh day they got up at dawn. They marched around the city seven times the same way they had done it before. That was the only day they marched around it seven times. When they went around the seventh time, the priests blew their rams' horns. Joshua said to the troops, "Shout, because the LORD has given you the city!

GO TO VERSE 20-21

So the troops shouted very loudly when they heard the blast of the rams' horns, and the wall collapsed. The troops charged straight ahead and captured the city. They claimed everything in it for the LORD. With their swords they killed men and women, young and old, as well as cattle, sheep, and donkeys.

Wow, what a great victory, they conquered when they relied on God. Whatever wall blocks you from your victory and freedom, what life circumstance has you up against a wall? What is that big problem that stopped you or that nagging bad habit, emotional, mental, relational, and physical? You do not have to be stuck behind it forever, if the walls of Jericho could fall how can we get our walls to fall? let us look at some points to enable us to become a conqueror.

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