Christine Darg

Christine Darg

By Christine Darg, Jerusalem Channel

My word of faith for 2017 is summarized in Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”

As much as we wanted to relax and enjoy the miracles associated with Hanukkah and Christmas, nevertheless the dark side of those events–anti-Semitism and Herod’s slaughter of the innocents–reminded us of our fallen world.

The UN’s attack once again on Israel at the time of Hanukkah and John Kerry’s insufferable speech saying that Israel cannot be both Jewish and a democracy pierced like a sword. The actions of the Obama Administration reminded me of the stabbing words that Simeon prophesied to Mary (when she and Joseph dedicated Baby Jesus in the Temple) that a sword would piece her heart.

With Obama’s diplomatic war against Israel, the coming of the Lord could be sooner than we think.

“Surreal” was Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year defined as “marked by the intense irrational reality of a dream.”The dictionary also suggested the word’s synonyms “unbelievable” and “fantastic” as descriptive of 2016.

I encourage you to join me in appropriating Luke 1:37 for 2017 for family, friends & ministry.

No promise from God is void of power!

The election of a strong leader in the USA has given us a reprieve (not a national pardon) but a reprieve hopefully to continue to preach the Gospel unfettered as possible.

Here are some key verses for 2017 to bring in the Harvest:

Joshua 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth;

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear?

Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Psalm 119:9 How can a young man stay pure? By obeying your word.

Psalm 119:11 Your word I have hid in my heart, that I might not sin

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; lean not on your own

Proverbs 3:6 in all your ways acknowledge him; he will make your paths

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you

Jeremiah 32:27 I am the the God of all. Is anything too hard for me?

Nahum 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble;

Matthew 4:19 “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Matthew 21:22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

Matthew 22:37 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul

Matthew 25:40 Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine

Matthew 28:19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,

John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples,

John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so,

Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God

Romans 8:28 In all things God works for the good of those who love him

Romans 8:37 We are more than conquerors through him who loved us

Romans 10:9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe

Romans 10:17 Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man

2 Corinthians 12:9 My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith;

Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all

Ephesians 6:12 Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers

Philippians 3:13 Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,

Hebrews 12:2 Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just

Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.

For 2017, a friend sent me the lyrics to this old hymn by Frances J. Crosby:

All the way my Savior leads me,
What have I to ask beside?
Can I doubt His tender mercy,
Who through life has been my Guide?
Heav’nly peace, divinest comfort,
Here by faith in Him to dwell!
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well;
For I know, whate’er befall me,
Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Savior leads me,
Cheers each winding path I tread,
Gives me grace for every trial,
Feeds me with the living Bread.
Though my weary steps may falter
And my soul athirst may be,
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see;
Gushing from the Rock before me,
Lo! A spring of joy I see.

All the way my Savior leads me,
Oh, the fullness of His love!
Perfect rest to me is promised
In my Father’s house above.
When my spirit, clothed immortal,
Wings its flight to realms of day
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way;
This my song through endless ages:
Jesus led me all the way.