By Jerome Baker
Isaiah 43:19 says, Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. 2015 is quickly approaching and that means another chapter of life is about to begin. It’s time to close the door on all of great things the Lord did in 2014 as well as kissing this year’s failures, hurts, missteps, and disappoints bye-bye.
As you embark on the better things that God has in store it is important to prepare oneself mentally and spiritually for what lies ahead. Here are five quick tidbits to help you prepare for your new beginnings in 2015.
The Lord did some great things in your life this year. Despite where you are, think about all that the Lord has done for you and brought you out of this past year. Be grateful for God’s mercies. Reflect and think on God’s goodness and favor He showed you. Often times we conclude that an entire year was jacked up because of a few hardships and trials, but look closer. God did bless you. Reflect and be thankful.
Be determined not to start a new year in mess. To repent means to turn. Don’t just turn over a new leaf with a new years resolution, become a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). God in merciful to us, but don’t hinder Him from pouring out His best in your life by continuing in sin. Sin causes death (Romans 6:23) and it is not the will of God for you to perish. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. Start afresh, you can do it.
We often start the new year off blazing with excitement, then two weeks into the year, the fire is gone. Rededicate yourself to accomplish the goals you failed to obtain in 2014. Proverbs 13:4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.
Sometimes we lose focus. Relationships, financial situations, student loans, bad decisions, or the trying of our faith by God can shake us and cause us to get our focus off God. In times like this it is vital to refocus. Staying in line with God’s will is important and key to being productive. When life rattles you, simply refocus. (Read how David’s life was rattled and how refocused himself in 1 Samuel 30:1-8).
Over time the issues of life can become overwhelming. The death of a loved one, a lower than expected final grade in school, a car accident, family issues, or a heart-breaking relationship can get the best of you. This is when it is a good time to reorganize your approach on life. Separate from bad influences, study harder, pray more sincerely, going to church more often, or being more business minded about handling your money are ways to reorganize your priorities.
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© Copyright 2014 Jerome Baker Jerome Baker is the author of “Success Killers” and “Watch Who Hang With”, and the youth pastor at his church in Carrollton, Georgia.
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