Father God, we come to You in the year of 2017 standing on Your Word in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, the establisher of our covenant with you and God the Father, in accordance with 1 Cor. 12:7-11 which says: 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. In 2017 we as a congregation choose to come together in unity to bring forth the full “Impartation” of God in our Church and in our individual lives. I will not neglect my obligation within my covenant privileges. I will faithfully pray, and give of my money, gifts, talents and abilities, in support of Your “Impartation” of God within our congregation as well as in my family and personal life.
- We believe that in this year of 2017 Lifeway and the families within Lifeway will experience a year like no other of the divine “Impartation” of God.
The Greatest Gift of (Impartation)
(1 Corinthians 12:27-31 NKJV). 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.
- I will be committed to daily prayer and reading of the word of God, that I might be ready to perform my function in bringing about the “Impartation” of God in both my personal life and in my church.
Prayer of Sincerity
(2 Corinthians 1:12 NKJV). 12 For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.
- I will be committed to the receiving and distribution of the divine “Impartation” of God’s Love.
Impartation of Receiving and Distribution
(1 John 3:1-3 NKJV) 1Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
- I will be committed to attending church services regularly in 2017, that I may grow and develop in the faith, that I may receive the divine “Impartation” of faith as I stand in one accord with the local body of Christ to which I and my family are called.
Impartation of Faith
(Acts 16:5 NKJV) 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.
- I will be committed to my local church (Lifeway) and the Kingdom of God, I will return unto God of the “Impartation of Wealth” in which the Lord God has bestowed upon me.
Impartation of Wealth
(Acts 4:32-35). Sharing In All Things
32 Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. 33 And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. 34 Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, 35 and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need.
- I will walk within the “Impartation” of God’s Grace and Mercy which will provide me the necessary wisdom, knowledge and understanding to be a good steward over the increase in the life of my family and church (Lifeway).
Impartation of Grace
(John 1:16-17) 16 of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
- I am committed to the “Covenant order of the token of the Tithe and Offering.” Thereby will I honor God in heaven as he honors me on earth.
Impartation of Covenant Honor
(Lev. 27:30) 30 And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord’s. It is holy to the Lord.
(Prov. 3:9-10) 9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine.
(Mal. 3:10-12) 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this, ”Says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it. 11 “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, So that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, Nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” Says the Lord of hosts; 12 And all nations will call you blessed, For you will be a delightful land,” Says the Lord of hosts.
- I will receive and uphold the “Impartation of the honor of God.” I understand that to receive the honor of God, I bear and represent his very name.
Impartation of Respect and Honor
(2 Tim. 2:20-21) 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
(Prov. 3:9-10, 16) 9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the first fruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. 16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor.
(Prov. 22:4) 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life.
(1 Chron. 29:12) 12 Both riches and honor come from You, And You reign over all. In Your hand is power and might; In Your hand it is to make great And to give strength to all.
- I will, through faith, receive and walk in the full earnest expectation of the “Impartation of the Favor of God.”
Impartation of Godly Favor
(Prov. 8:34-35) 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. 35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord;
(Prov. 22:1) A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all.
10. I will be committed to praying and fasting in 2017.
Impartation of Devotion
(Mark 9:26-29). 26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. 27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. 28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
(Mark 11:22-25) 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
11. I will be committed to speaking biblical confessions, prayers and professions in alignment with God’s Covenant for my Life in 2017.
Impartation of Words
(Isa. 59:21). 21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and forever.
(2 Chron. 7:14) 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land
(1 Tim. 6:12) 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
12. I will be committed to the ‘Impartation” of God’s Plan and Purpose of my Life by operating in a conscious awareness of the urgency in my Life, understanding that “Time” is a divine gift of God within every season in 2017.
Impartation of Anointed Action
(Hab. 2:3) 3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
As a result of my compliance with this petition and my commitment to my church, spiritual covering, and You Father God, I will do my best in this “Covenant Execution”. I will partner with you as a member of Lifeway church to see You manifested in my life, family, church, community, and nation. I will no longer be individually minded but rather covenant minded. I am willing and able to give of my money, time, gifts, and talents. As a result of my change, I believe and stand on Your Word according to Ps.91:1-8 “1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.”
In accordance with Hebrews 13:17 which says, “17Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you,” I stand in obedience to my Pastor who watches for my soul. As he follows the Lord, Jesus Christ, so will I obey and follow him. I am committed to also praying and assisting my Pastor and never murmuring or complaining about the vision, position, or authority that You have placed in position.
In 2017, I commit my heart, mind, and body to You Lord in all that I do. Have your way in my life; rule and reign as you see fit. You lead and I will follow.
IN JESUS NAME I PRAY, AMEN
Chris A. Esteves Ph.D.