As you begin the New year, consider these five elements to jump start your year and to keep it running well.
#1 Release the Past
You can’t carry yesterday into tomorrow. Release past failures, faults and sins. Release past victories, gains and wins. Be grateful, but keep leaning and looking forward.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. —Psalm 51:10
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me His own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.—Philippians 3:12-15
#2 Renew your Mind with God’s Word
Only through the illumination of the Word of God are we able to see and think clearly. Find a way to get into the Scripture day by day.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. —Romans 12:1-2
Resources for Daily Bible Reading and Study:
- Warren Bible Reading Plan – on our Warren App you will find a daily reading plan that follows our weekly messages and sermon series. You’ll also find a Weekly Group Study Guide specifically tailored for each week’s message. Download the Warren App from your mobile device’s app store by searching, Warren: A Way of Life.
- F260 Reading Plan – A reading plan used by many of our Discipleship Groups (D-Groups) at Warren follows a 5-day reading with two days off for reflection. This plan carries you through the biblical narrative.
- H.E.A.R Journaling Method – The H.E.A.R. Journaling Method promotes reading the Bible with a life-transforming purpose. No longer will your focus be on checking off the boxes on your daily reading schedule; your purpose will instead be to read in order to understand and respond to God’s Word. The acronym H.E.A.R. stands for Highlight , Explain, Apply, and Respond . Each of these four steps contributes to creating an atmosphere to hear God speak. Every time we open our Bibles, we should pray the simple prayer that David prayed: “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law (Word)”—Psalm 119:18. You can learn more and find sample entries for the H.E.A.R. Journaling Method at replicateministries.org.
#3 Recover Your Hope
You can’t change your circumstances. Hope is not found in circumstances. Hope is found in the promises of God.
…having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of His great might that he worked in Christ when He raised him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.—Ephesians 1:18-21
Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.—2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
#4 Reach Toward the Future
But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 3:13
#5 Remember God’s Faithfulness
God will see you through in His grace, His goodness, and His faithfulness.
He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. —1 Thessalonians 5:24
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Excerpts for this post taken from the sermon preached by David H. McKinley at Warren Baptist Church on Sunday, December 31, 2018. Listen/Watch the entire message here.