(Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV) ‘For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope’.

No matter how hard I try, I have not been able to out think God, despite all the thoughts that cross my mind, his thoughts will always be higher than my thoughts. In this verse he says he has thoughts of peace towards us, thoughts to give us both a future and hope in the new year 2017. The word peace in Hebrew is Shalom and it has a wide range of meanings, including safety, harmony and wholeness, wellness of mind and body, welfare or health. Take for example in Gen 43:27 when Joseph spoke with his brothers, he asked them about their well-being and that of his father Jacob; using this word Shalom. So, when God says his thoughts were thoughts of peace towards us, he had in mind a life changing experience that involved all aspects of our lives.

Ladies and Gentlemen, as we enter new year 2017, let’s take these precious and powerful words with us, no matter what we face, our LORD says he has thoughts of peace towards us, using the power of our words, let’s come along side God’s words for our life, let’s decree and declare God’s thoughts for our lives.

Peace is mine! Favour is mine! Healing is mine! Wealth is mine! Safety is mine! Wellness of Mind & body is mine!


Pastor Rufus Akintimehin.