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“New Year. New You.” You have probably heard this saying or said it yourself. But what does it take to be a “new you” and have a prosperous year? How will you approach goals and heart-filled desires for the next 365 days? In this episode, we will explore the key to reaping the Lord’s benefits for you. We also discuss the steps necessary, through scripture, to understand how to receive God’s plan for a fruitful 2023.

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  • A deep dive into scriptures on partnering with the Holy Spirit
  • The biblical key to reaching new goals
  • Why you must sow into the Spirit
  • How obedience to God changes outcomes

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Jaime Luce’ story begins with emotional and financial struggle as a single mother trying to survive. Today, she has been married to the love of her life for almost three decades, owned two companies, and has become an author and podcaster. She is on a mission to help others walk through the valleys of life with hope and knowledge that God always has a way.  Learn more.

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Welcome to the Jaime Luce podcast. Thank you so much for joining me today. Happy New Year, I pray that this has already started out to be a phenomenal new year for you. And in an endeavor to help you with that, I wanted to make a confession right off the bat, I had recorded something else to be playing today. And the crazy thing, this has not happened to us since I’ve done this, I pray it never happens again. But the video was there. And there was zero audio. And i On the day that I recorded that I recorded other things. And that did not happen to any other recording. So to just be transparent with you, I really feel like the Lord was saying, Jamie, that’s not the message I wanted to go out today, I want you to sit down and record a message from my heart to start this new year. And I believe I have that for you today. And so I say thank you Holy Spirit for having your way and making the change. You know, that happens a lot to ministers who are led by the Spirit. When they go to a place they have a message in mind. And when they get there, all of a sudden, the Lord says nope, that’s not what I want you to say, here’s what I want you to say. And they have to make a change. And I really feel that that is what it has happened to me today. So I’m excited to give this to you. And this is about starting a new year, the the theme really is not changed. It’s just what the focus of the message is, is different than what I would have brought you before. And so I may save that one for another time. I may just scrap that all together. But I do want to go ahead and bring this to you today, I’m going to be talking today about the importance and the imperativeness. Of having the Holy Spirit in order to have a prosperous and good 2023. We no matter what you’ve experienced in 2022. I know everyone’s heart and everyone’s desire when you come up on a new year is to have a good new year.

And I believe the first thing we need to do is to thank God for what He has done in this past year, whether we think it was good or not. God has been actively moving.

In your life, if you are a child of God, if you serve Him, if you call him your Lord, he has been active in your life. Making sure that the lines of your life, the pathways of your life, lead to what He has planned for you. Even if that means that you went through some detours because he was showing you his heart, showing you his direction, showing you his plan. And sometimes we’re thick-headed, and we have to kind of it’s like going bowling and having to put the bumpers up you know he’s trying to get us straight down that path to knock down those pins and to play well. And sometimes we need those bumpers on the side. So we don’t just go right off into the gutter. And that bump here. And that bump. There may not be what we had intended. But it keeps us on the path. And if you trust that God has a good plan for your life, then you can trust regardless if you had bumps this past year, that God is still taking you toward that goal, and you’re going to be victorious if you’ll do it God’s way. So before we dive into some scripture and go there, I want it I really felt this in my heart and I want you to do this with me. I don’t care if you are sitting watching this. I don’t care if you’re driving, I don’t care what you’re doing. I want you to take a minute, and I want you to magnify and give glory to God. We say God you have been good. There is no other God like you. We have not even heard of a God like you who can take no matter what circumstance we’ve been in and transform us transform our circumstance into something glorious that gives glory to God something that can change what the devil meant for evil, or what people or or governments or systems had planned for evil and bring about good for us God you are worthy of our praise You are worthy of our of the song of our heart You are worthy of our obedience you are worthy of our dedication and our submission to you. Father, you are worthy of our words and our life and our actions and we give you glory today for this new year 2023 We say thank you for what you have done last year, but we call on your power we call on your plan. We Call on your mercy and your grace, your love and your purpose. And we say, God, have your way in 2023 lead us, guide us, direct us, protect us provide for us be our counsel and our help. In Jesus name we pray, Amen. We think the Lord regularly if we are wise for what he has done in our life, and what he is doing in our life, and what he’s going to do in our life, I wanted to you know, I’m gonna look it up right now, I’ve meant to mention a particular verse to you to give that to you. And I want to do that right now.

But while we’re doing that, while I’m looking that up, I want you to go in your Bibles. And I want you to, let’s start with Zachariah. Four, Six is where we’ll start. While I’m looking up another verse here real quick, Zacharia, four, six. And I’m wanting to, to bring out a particular underst understanding that will help us and guide us in this new year is and and you’ve heard it said of the Holy Spirit, that he is our helper. And I want us to look at, I’m going to mention this first, you can turn there, you can write this down, we are going to start in Zachariah, but I wanted to give this to you first. John 1426 says, But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and remind you of all that I have said to you. That verse is so important. That really is the foundation for what we’re going to talk about today. Because in order to have a different year, you need to have the Holy Spirit, you need to be led by the Holy Spirit. I was listening to a message today. And the minister had said, and I thought this was so powerful. This is an understanding if you can get this, if you can understand this powerful statement, this truth, it will transform you, because he was speaking about power, the power of prayer. And why it is that we fall kind of into the trap of not praying every day, how we get bombarded with our thoughts about other things. The minute we decide we’re going to pray, how all of a sudden the urgency that we feel to remember to do something we don’t want to forget to do only seems to hit us when we sit down to pray. And that in prayer, the reason that happens, the reason we are buffeted like that when we sit down to pray, is because it is in prayer, that the spirit is able to supersede and come up above our natural, sinful flesh nature. Your flesh doesn’t want you to pray, because it’s in prayer that your flesh dies. It’s in prayer that your flesh loses its position in determining the direction that you’re taking in your life. It’s in prayer. So if you want this New Year, I should just start right here. If you want this new year to look different than it looked last year, you need every day to be praying.

Now, here’s the powerful truth. That if I don’t pray, when I wake up in the morning, whether I recognize it or not, because I know that many of you don’t recognize this, I don’t recognize this. Sometimes we will do this we will not pray and it will be unintentional. What I’m about to say are not praying and asking for intervention in our day of the Holy Spirit. What I’m essentially saying to the Holy Spirit is I don’t need you today. I can do that I can do today by myself. I’ve got this today. I don’t need your help today. I’ve got what it takes. I can do it today without you. Now I know you don’t mean You need to say that, but that is what you’re saying. Your flesh is saying, I don’t need the Spirit today, I’m strong enough on my own, my flesh says is strong enough. And in that course of action, I’m going to go through the day without the help of the Holy Spirit. In, in, walking out in my flesh, I’ll be walking in my flesh according to my flesh. Because my flesh is already saying that I don’t need the Holy Spirit. So if I say, I wake up, and I don’t pray today, I’m essentially saying to the Holy Spirit, I don’t need you today. If I go a week without prayer, I’m essentially saying to the Holy Spirit, I don’t need you this week. Ouch. I don’t need you this week, Holy Spirit, I can do this on my own. I have enough strength on my own, to do this on my own. Think about how long it’s been since you’ve actually sat in the quiet in the presence of the Lord, to pray, to submit yourself to the Lord, to listen to what he has to say. How long has it been that you’ve been walking in your own strength, and not in the strength of the Holy Spirit? If you want 2023, to look different, you’re going to need to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, to accomplish everything that the Holy Spirit has determined for you to accomplish. That’s a decision folks that we have to make every day. That’s a decision we need to make every day. Are you Have you prayed today? I hope that when we’re when you’re done listening to this, that if you haven’t yet the first thing you do, you pray, you say, Oh, Holy Spirit, I don’t want to walk this out in my flesh. I don’t want to do this in my flesh. I need you. God, I need you. Guide me, direct me and lead me today. Show me what my eyes need to see that I can’t see in the natural realm. If you could see everything you needed to see with your natural eyes, then it wouldn’t be necessary for the scripture to say over and over again. He that happened ear to hear let him hear you would just hear it because you have ears. You wouldn’t have to say he who can see. I mean, how many times was there an indictment that God brought against idols? Why? Because he says having eyes they don’t see having ears, they don’t hear. You need the eyes of the Spirit, you need the ears of the spirit to know what it is that you need to see and what you need to hear.

So you know how to act and respond in this new year. Even if you need the Holy Spirit to let you know what your focus should be this year; you need the Holy Spirit to tell you what to spend your time on, what to focus on what not to focus on. Really, you need the Holy Spirit. You need the Holy Spirit to know how to tackle work, to tackle your job to tackle family matters, to deal with children to have a healthy marriage and healthy relationships, to know what to do in ministry; you’ve got to have the Holy Spirit. You’ve got to be able to hear Him speaking to you to know the direction that you need to go.

If you feel like your ears are stopped up, and you can’t hear you need to be able to hear what the Holy Spirit is saying to you. In fact, I would encourage you if you have not already began this for this year. I encourage you to go on a fast this year. Jesus said not if you fast. He said when you fast. He said when you pray, when you give when means it is determined that you will do these things. There’s a win involved, not an if this is not if you decide you’d like to it to me, I’m thinking oh God, how can I know what to do this year? I need your blessing on this year. I need your direction on this year. I need your power in this year. So I want to humble this flesh of mine and I want to give myself to the Holy Spirit. Submit my flesh make my flesh come under the power of the Holy Spirit in order to accomplish with the Spirit. What have we accomplished for this new year? To do it on my own is to say I don’t need you. Oh, what a foolish thing to do. What a foolish way to think. What a foolish way to live life.

Let’s look at some scripture to talk about this. Let’s look at Zechariah chapter four verse six. And I’m just going to show you the power of the Spirit today. I’m just going to show you why you need the Holy Spirit. Zechariah four verse six says you Then he said to me, this is what the Lord says, two’s durable. It is not by might. It is not by power. But it is by My Spirit, says the Lord, of Heaven’s armies. Do you need the Lord to fight battles for you this year? Do you need a heavenly army to back you up? God is saying it is not by might. It’s not by your natural strength. It is not by how much power you think you have on your own it is by the Spirit of the Lord, you need the Holy Spirit. You need the Holy Spirit of all things that you need this year. Even if you need to quit doing some things, well, then you probably need the Holy Spirit to help you quit doing those things. If you need to start doing some things, you probably need the strength and the power of the Holy Spirit, to help you start doing those things. implement those things give you the the motivation in your spirit, the love for God, because it’s not. When we do things for the Lord. It’s not because we’re so good, we can do it. It’s because he loves us so much. And if I love him, he says, I’ll obey Him. If I love him, I will obey Him. That’s what His Word says. If you love the Lord, you will obey Him, you won’t be looking for ways to justify your behavior. You’re not going to be looking for ways to go right as close to the line of sin as you can. And think what can I get away with? That’s not love. Love doesn’t say how bad can I act without getting punished? That’s not love. That’s not even living a saved life.

If you still want what you want, and you don’t want what God wants, I question your salvation. I question if you’ve truly asked the Lord to take the Lord of your life because you still want to be Lord, you want to do what you want to do. But if you want to do what God wants, then you want to obey, you want to hear him, you want his help, you want his power working on your behalf to accomplish what he wants you to accomplish. You want to see the kingdom of God advanced in your life, in the lives of your family members, your friends, those around you those you deal with in the world, you want the world impacted by the power of the Holy Spirit. If you love God, you want to obey Him.

You don’t want to see how far you can go. You don’t want to see what you can get away with. You’re sick and tired of living this halfway Christian life. It’s not, “You’re not living a Christian life,” then you’re just fooling yourself. I mean, that’s what the devil does. He just he’s just he just deceives you know, in the last days, it says that God would send a great delusion. On those who aren’t serving Him there will a great delusion will come and if that’s not what we see in the world, I don’t know what it is. People live in a delusion. They are living in craziness. It’s it’s so demonic and delusional, delusional, I can’t. I don’t even have words to describe what we’re seeing happen. I literally sat in a doctor’s office, a doctor’s office the other day. And while I was there, a TV was rolling. And on the TV screen was a drag queen show. a drag queen show in a doctor’s office. What what business does that have with being at a doctor’s office? That’s delusional. That’s delusional. Folks, we, if you want to conquer and 2023 You need the Holy Spirit. You need to know where the where the world is coming in strong, to bring a great delusion, to snare you into into changing your thoughts so that you are not walking with a regenerated mind with a washed mind. With a renewed mind. You need a renewed mind you need to know how to think you need to know what is right and what is wrong. You need to know the power of God’s word and that if you live according to God’s Word, you reap the benefits of that word. When you live according to the world standard, you will reap the sin of the world you will reap the consequences of the world.

We have a choice to make. We need the Holy Spirit. If you want a new 2023 I’m telling you, the most important thing you need is the Holy Spirit. Now how do you get that by prayer? But you receive him by the that’s the gift of God, I read that to you. That’s the gift of God. In fact, let’s read. Let’s read Galatians 516 and 17. Let’s go to Galatians 516 and 17. But I say walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out that desires of the flesh, For the flesh sets its desires against the Spirit against the spirit, folks, when we walk according to the flesh, we are not only not not walking according to the Spirit, it’s kind of like we, we tend to think it just means I’m not doing something. No, you’re actually walking in opposition to the spirit when you walk according to the flesh. It’s not like you’re just avoiding something. You’re actually walking in opposition to the Holy Spirit. When you walk according to the flesh and its desires. Let’s continue. And the spirit is against the flesh. The spirit is against our flesh. It’s not trying to cuddle our flesh and make our flesh feel better. My goodness, God, the Spirit of God is not trying to comfort your flesh. The Spirit of God is standing in opposition against your flesh, your flesh has to come now, your flesh has to come down. If you want to go for this year to put your flesh down. Put that flesh down, tell that flesh No, that’s what fasting is for. I’m telling my stomach, you are not king over my life. You are not ruling over my life. I’ll just be transparent with you again. Today. I woke up hungry. I had food on my mind. And I as I was praying, I felt the Holy Spirit say to me, if you really want what you’re saying you want today, Jamie then fast today. And I didn’t my flesh did not want to my flesh did not want to, you know the spirit. The scripture says that the spirit is well willing, the flesh is weak. And my spirit was saying yes, this is what I will. This is what I want. My spirit was willing, the Spirit of God was active in me saying this is what you want. I’m telling you how to get it. My flesh was weak, my flesh didn’t want to fast. I wanted to eat, I’m getting ready to start a 21 day fast. I wanted to eat it up until the to be quite honest. I wanted to eat it up and enjoy every single day until I started my fast for the first of the year. And the Holy Spirit said, Do you really want this? Do you really want what I want? And I had to say yes, God, I want that. I have to put down the flesh. So in obedience, and then look what the Lord does. I say yes, I finished prayer. I do a few little chores. And I find out that the recording that needed to go up did not record. And how did I didn’t know that I would need a fresh touch of the Holy Spirit that was moving and active in me. So I would be able to hear what the word of the Lord is for today, not the word that I had recorded. It’s so important that we follow and walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh or we will satisfy the flesh. But anything you feed grows, folks, anything you feed grows, if you want your spirit to grow, you need to sow to the spirit, you need to feed the things in your spirit. But if you are going to be somebody who wants that you cannot feed your flesh because if you feed your flesh, it will grow.

Everything around you is feeding everything in your natural room. Everything in your natural senses will feed your flesh; you have to decide to sow to the Spirit if you want to reap true miracles, so to the Spirit, if you want to reap a blessed year, so to the spirit if you want to see God active and changing things and cutting things off that need to be cut off in your life. And you want to see your life a bounding in the things of God; you have to sow to the Spirit. It won’t come another way.

There is not another way. That’s the way of the spirit. Let’s continue reading for those who are in opposition to one another, the flesh and the Spirit, so that you may not do the things that you please. Now God isn’t saying that he doesn’t want you to be pleased. He’s saying the things of your flesh, the things that please and cuddle the flesh. The only way to break those is to not walk according to the flesh and to walk according to the Holy Spirit. You need the Holy Spirit. You need the Holy Spirit. If you think that you can do this if you think that you can do this without the Holy Spirit. I want to read this to John 15 Five. He says yes, I am the vine. You are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them will produce much fruit. Okay, so if you are laying hold of God each day you remain in Him. You keep that can connection with him, okay? If you will produce much fruit when you remain in Him, for apart from me, you can do nothing, nothing. Nothing. He didn’t choose the wrong word, folks, if you’re wanting to accomplish in your life you’re wanting to see good in your life, you’re wanting to see the blessing in your life. It takes doing what God has intended for us to do. And it takes being in him abiding in him. Apart from him, we can’t do anything. We can’t be those who go day after day without turning to the Lord, without praying and asking for His intervention. without submitting our hearts, our lives, our agendas to him, we cannot do it without him. You need your time in the Word.

You know, Psalm 119 105 says that your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path. Here’s another one I didn’t look up but he does. The scripture says that the Holy Spirit is the one who brings to remembrance the things that that God has taught us. Or did I look? Did I get that one that I look it up? I might I might have if I do all I’ll give you the reference to it. But we have to understand that it is by our abiding in God in His Word, in His Spirit, in and let me just pause right here to say if you have not been baptized in the Holy Spirit, ask him. Ask him. He says he gives the Holy Spirit to whom asks, it’s a gift he gives. He gives liberally. He wants you full baptized, immersed all the way to have all that God has. That’s what God wants to give you. If you have not experienced that I pray you asked today asked today. Don’t wait another day. Don’t go another day, ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues so that you can be praying warfare prayers, that the devil cannot intercept and doesn’t know what you’re saying. It is a heavenly language, a powerful prayer tool. We have the Holy Spirit folks, because God said you can’t do this alone. You need me. And He empowers us to do what we could not do on our own or in our flesh. And he gives us the ability to overcome. He says in this world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world. He’s overcome and we have that overcoming power. If we will stay abiding in the word in the presence of God, Abide in prayer, stay close to God, don’t, don’t go off in your own strength to do it. Not only will it make you weary and worn out and beat up, but it won’t accomplish anything. You will waste your time and energy. Stay close to the Lord. Stay close. remain with him be full of the Holy Spirit. First John to six says the one who says he abides in Him, ot himself to walk in the same manner he walked. If you say you follow Christ, you need to walk like he walked. Well, he walked for the Holy Ghost. He walked and as a part of his walk was regularly pulling away to make time to be with a father in prayer to know what is the agenda today? God, what do you want me to do? I you know, he said, I must need to go through Samaria. How did he know he had to go through Samaria because the Lord had already told him the father already told him. This is the way I want you to go today. There’s a woman there at a well that you’re going to need to minister to go this way today.

You know, when Jesus ministered to the man at the pool, Bethesda, there were many there, the pool always had tons of people around it. And we know this because the man said that he sticks around, he just stays here waiting to get go in when the water gets stirred because they don’t know. The water could get stirred. They’ve got to get in but someone always gets him before him. So there’s all these people there. He’s there wanting to get healed. But Jesus healed Batman that day. There was an agenda to heal that man that day. Folks, we have to understand there’s an agenda for the day. The father has your plan for your day laid out and if you want your day to produce fruit, if you want to live a year that produces fruit, you need to know what God’s says to you, you’ve got to have the Holy Spirit, you’ve got to so to the spirit, walk according to the Spirit, do not fulfill the lust of the flesh. It’s imperative, folks, it’s imperative. Let’s look at Ephesians, 515 and 16. It says, Therefore, be careful how you walk. Be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise men, making the most of your time because the days are evil. Is that true or what the days are evil, and we have to walk wise, how do we do that? Be careful how we walk, do not walk according to the flesh, but walk according to the Spirit. That’s how wise men walk, we are making the most of what God has given us. The most of our days, the most of our hours, the most of our talents. We want to be those that in the parable of the talents that God’s You can trust me with your talents, so God because I will make more of them. And to him who was given much more will be given to him who does nothing with it, it’s going to be taken from him what he even has, will be taken, but to him who has more will be given, oh God make us those who sow to the Spirit, who work according to the Spirit of God, who labor after the Spirit of God and not according to our flesh, so that we are able to, to not only have and use what God has given us, but to then do much more, to make much more of it, to take it to conquer to be those who are are not only sowing to the spirit, but are reaping of the Spirit and reaping the spoils and making more having abundance be the 100 full blessing that in the same year that we so we reap 100 fold in that same year that we are those who know how to multiply and have wonderful bountiful harvest in our life, you’ve got to be someone who sews to the Spirit and not according to the flesh. That’s what we need to do.

Galatians 525 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. That is what we need to do, folks. I’ll read this again Galatians, 516 and 17. But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desires of the flesh. For the flesh sets its adopt its desires against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. For these are in opposition to one another. So that you may not do the things that you please. You know, Scripture tells us that if we will seek the Lord and his desires, we put him first than he gives us the desires that we so want. That God will bless us by not just giving us things. And sometimes he does. Those are sometimes the little extras. But he gives us the desires of our heart meaning that he in giving us those desires he is actually giving or putting into us, I should say the desires of our heart. In fact, I’m going to look that up for you right now. Okay, Psalm 37, four. It says to Delight thyself in the Lord. Make him your delight. Make the time that you spend with the Lord the thing that you desire and delight in doing that. It’s something you want to do that you can hardly wait to do. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. What do you desire for this year for 2023? What is your desire? First I would say let the Lord put those desires in you by sewing to the spirit saying Lord, what do you have for me this year? What do you want me to want? What do you want me to go after? What do you want me to spend my energy and my time and and give my heart to this year and then watch as he gives you the desires of your heart. He has so many good things waiting for you. So many good plans for this year. So many things he wants to bless your heart with this year. So many special needs. Moments with him. To be able to speak to the things in your heart that are the deepest and matter to you the most. Jesus is always the answer. This year, if you want your year to be different, make living and walking according to the Holy Spirit your endeavor.

Ask Him and He will give to you liberally. He says knock and He will answer. Ask you’ll receive seek you will find if you will go after the Holy Spirit this year, you’re going to see miracles and wonders this year, you’re going to see things you never thought possible happen this year you’re going to receive from God this year. This will be a year like no other year of blessing and goodness in your life, no matter what’s happening in the world around you. No matter what is happening. I don’t care what’s happening in the government’s I don’t care what’s happening in finances, I don’t care what’s happening in in the the world of health around us, I don’t care what’s going on. If you will do that, I promise you, you will see the goodness of God over your life. And 2023 can be the best you’ve yet ever seen. The best yet that you’ve ever seen. Make the Holy Spirit your endeavor, and watch what God will do for you this year. Thank you so much for joining me today. I pray that by the Holy Spirit that you receive from him today, that you receive instruction help strength and power and if you’ve not yet gotten the baptism, you receive that as well.

I pray that this year is a blessing to you and that you will sow to the spirit and see the Reaping in the same year. Be blessed and we’ll see you next week. Bye bye for today.