And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof. And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the Lord: therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which slew some of them. Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land. Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land. Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they should fear the Lord.
II Kings 17:24-28
Moving into a New Year tends to make people feel like the New Year will bring a new life and expecting the newness of the year to bring it about, it will not. If you want newness for the experience of living life then you must take charge and redesign what is for what should be. God has already given us life and life more abundantly, it is up to you and I to do more than just possess life but also occupy like. Take Possession of your life by determining how it must be reframed so that you Occupy Your Promise! Part of the journey to the life and life more abundantly is found in your diligence, work, struggle in life. It is through the journey, including the adversity of life, that you begin to understand your promise because of life’s challenges demanding that you believe what should be as oppose to what is. As you understand your promise, you must then also understand the context of your life. The context of your life and surroundings is what it is, you need no new life, for it is already yours just work within the context of your life for the harvesting of the abundance, the promises of God. God knew and knows exactly what would be your situation and yet He declared His promise to you and has prepared the way for you in your context to Occupy Your Promise. Understanding your promise and context leads to the understanding of your purpose. Humankind has one aim and that is to glorify, reveal, witness the fullness of God. So take your everyday walking around life with purpose, revealing the fullness of God as manifested in taking charge to Occupy Your Promise that which He has declared, nurtured, and ordained for your life and life more abundantly!