After a night full of cheer, friends and counting down the New Year to the second, we are finally here. 2015 has swooped into our lives in all it’s celebratory glory, presenting with itself a chance for a fresh start and new beginnings. There’s something to be said about all the joy and praise we give the new year, ringing it in with new friends, committing to it all of the change we wish to see within ourselves and in our worlds. In those moments of optimism and hope, it’s easy to wake up the next day with defeat from what 2014 left and all it’s unresolved, broken commitments that we made to ourselves and God for what we were going to do that year.
For all the books we didn’t read, the adventures we never took, to spending not nearly as much time in the Word, to having just an acceptable prayer life, it’s easy to look at the fragments of what we didn’t accomplish this year and base our perceptions of who we are and who we are to become off of them. To “try again next year” and yet again unravel into our comfortable habits.
If we are to take the New Year truly as an opportunity as a new beginning, we have to refresh our perceptions of who we are and who we are to become. You are not who you once were, you are created and formed by God, you are redeemed, you are made new. God created you to glorify Him - take heart! He is about to do something brand new.
What the Word says about your fresh start:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 1 Corinthians 5:17
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.” Ezekiel 36:26
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19
“Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5
What to speak over your year:
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
“You crown the year with Your goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” Psalm 65:11
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”
Proverbs 16:3 NLT
“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:20
So what do you want this year? What old habits are you throwing away and choosing to replace with the promises of God? What are you going to start over in? Whatever it is you do this year, commit it to the Lord. Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Seek His ways, His paths, His plans. God is always for you, He’s always by your side. Here’s to a year of knowing Him and seeing His Word come to pass!
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