New Year’s is a good time to reflect on the past year and consider what changes we want to make in our lives.
It’s also a perfect time to set goals to help us start the year off with a sense of purpose and direction.
There’s no better time than now to take stock of your spiritual life and to make a commitment to having your best spiritual year yet.
Here are 6 steps that can help you achieve your goals:
1. Take Self Inventory.
Can you genuinely say you love Jesus more today than you did 1 year ago?
If you can’t say that, then this is the first place to start.
It’s time to fall deeper in love with God.
2. Give Thanks.
Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Being thankful is the complete opposite of being prideful. A grateful person sees the good in everything. A prideful person thinks they deserve better.
Our perspective during good times and bad times makes all the difference in the world.
3. Look Back.
1 Chronicles 16:11-12 says, “Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgements he pronounced,”
One way to be thankful is to take time to think of all the amazing things God has done for you.
The more time you spend giving thanks, the easier it becomes to see God’s hand in everything.
4. Forget the Bad Things.
Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!”
The Bible is clear. We need to remember the good things and forget about the bad stuff.
Do not dwell on them. The past is the past.
If you spend your time focusing on the wrong things, they will suck the joy out of your life. Never forget that new things are coming.
5. Focus On the Future.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.
The same God who created you also has plans for you.
You have hope and a future. Live this year knowing who’s in control.
6. Trust God.
Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
This is a hard one for most people.
We say we trust in God but then live like we don’t.
The only way to actually trust God is by praying and being thankful in every situation.
If you take self inventory of your love of God, Give thanks always, Remember the good things God has done, Forget the bad things that happened, Focus on the future God has planned for you, and trust in God...
You will have your best year ever.
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