We are 22 days into the new year and my heart is filled with expectation for our church and the body of Christ. I believe we’re going to experience more grace, more progress, greater wealth, more healings than ever before. You may ask, “What makes you feel so confident about 2021 in spite of everything that is happening in the world?” The answer is God’s mercy, compassion and favor. All of which I believe are keys to an awesome year. Let me explore these keys with you.

Key #1 God’s Mercy
As we speak, the world is experiencing a second wave of the coronavirus with a new strain. But I prophesy, it will not come near your dwelling. Lamentations 3:22 says, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed…” God’s mercy is protecting and covering you and your family through the finished work of Christ. Last year, at the height of the pandemic, my mother who works at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in the ICU saw many cases of the coronavirus. However, in the midst of the fire, she did not get sick. I, also, would like to add that I did not lose any close family or close friends to the virus. I believe my continued prayers of mercy for my family and friends covered them. Therefore, I want to encourage you not to be afraid for you or your family’s life. Go to the throne of grace and tap into the mercy of Jesus for your life and the life of your loved ones. You can even include your friends and neighbors. 

Key #2 God’s Compassion 
The compassion of Jesus is towards you to teach and guide you for 2021. Mark 6:34 says, And Jesus, when He came out, saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion for them…So He began to TEACH them many things.” Be careful not to be persuaded by the news media. They are there to “update” you as to what is going on in the world. However, they are not here to teach you how you should live or how your life will turn out. That is what Jesus is for. Look to Jesus! Look to His word! One thing Pastor Maurice heard from the Lord is, “This is the year of positivity and progress.” Let that be the doctrine of your life for 2021. Allow Jesus to teach you about the goodness of God and move you forward.

Key #3 God’s Favor
Let me ask you a question, how did Joseph become successful in a foreign land? The answer, FAVOR! In Genesis 39:21 it says, “But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.” Just like God gave favor to Joseph with the prison guard, in 2021 God is giving you favor that will cause you to stand out. Get used to being immune from the negative circumstances of the world. What happens to them does not have to happen to you. God’s favor is covering you so that you can continue to prosper and succeed. This is the will and plan of God for your life in 2021. Last year, we witnessed many of God’s children being sustained and prospered. This happened because they relied on God’s favor and goodness. I’m confident that 2021 will be no different. 

Remember these words throughout the year: mercy, compassion and favor. They are some of the keys that will not just cause you to survive, but thrive. Jesus loves you and is with you. Press into His goodness and see Him do marvelous things in your life this year.