Here are 6 modes of giving our best foot forward this new year.
1). Position and intention: that every day is a new year!
This means, for this year, I will practice a “position of intention”. I will daily intentionally position my heart and mind to say “not my will but thy will be done”.
I will use my free will to surrender myself will to God’s will, I use my free will to die to self will, and enter into God’s will (repeat).
To support and encourage ourselves in this we can daily mediate on: Philippians 1:6 (MSG)
"There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears." Here is another version-
NIV: “He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete in you”. Reminding ourselves that our intention is to surrender to God’s work, and believe that He will complete it, He has a way, and we desire his way.
And a few more-
Proverbs 14:12 (MSG)
12-13 There’s a way of life that looks harmless enough;
look again—it leads straight to hell.
Sure, those people appear to be having a good time,
but all that laughter will end in heartbreak.
Isaiah 55:8 MSG
“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” GOD’s
Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way
you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow
descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing
their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food
for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-
handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave
2.) Bring the year to a close and keep it closed
"Like driving away looking through the rear view mirror and never turning around."
What does this mean? God made time and seasons for a reason, he knew we
would need “new beginnings”.
1. Ecclesiastes 3
[ A Time for Everything ] There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the
heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and
a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, ...
As we mentioned earlier, we even get “mini season’s” every time we go to
bed and rise for a new day. We need to appreciate being afforded new
beginning’s each day and follow God’s practice in verse
New International Version (NIV)
22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
It is extremely important to see the importance of positioning the past in the past. God tells us he puts “our sins are far as the east is from the west, and remembers the, no more”. This is because God doesn’t need to learn from them, nor does he need those memories for his identity. It is imperative that we go through the grief and loss process as to reconcile and forgive others and ourselves.
This also applies to successes. Just as I cannot continue to live in the shame and embarrassment of past behaviors, I must not live in my past successes. This means, what am I taking with me into my new year, into my future? I am taking all that I have learned, lessons! We want to be wise people that learn, not fools that continue to repeat.
We are to remember and learn. We are never to use hindsight for self abuse, it is only intended to see where we were as it is related to where we are going. We need our memories to remind us of either “who” we are or “who” we are not. When we are reviewing our past, we must resist judgement and condemnation. We know that God say “therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”.
It is also very important to realize that as we close the last year, that we let
go of the good, wonderful, phenomenal experiences we had. In Isaiah
43:18-19 it says:
Isaiah 43:18-21 The Message (MSG)
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
rivers in the badlands.
Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’
—the coyotes and the buzzards—
Because I provided water in the desert,
rivers through the sun-baked earth,
Drinking water for the people I chose,
the people I made especially for myself,
a people custom-made to praise me.
God is doing new things, everyday, so we don’t dwell on past mistakes, but we don’t leave in past glory either. He’s doing a new thing, don’t miss it!!
Lastly, remember that major losses, ie, the loss of a loved one, a business, a
major relationship, we’ve been stolen from, etc. These types of losses may not be able to be completely resolved in one year. What we want to do is review and acceptance the progress we have made in the healing process, continuing to move forward with God’s will and intention for our life.
3.) Creating new beginnings
"God Can’t steer a parked car."
What this really means is I don’t get in God’s way, or fight him. It means that I again practice a step of faith and believe that God has good things for me. Again, God cant steer a parked car.
Here is a Biblical reference-
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has
come: [a] The old has gone, the new is here!
We have several very important verses that help us intentionally position our
hearts and minds to allow for new beginnings, for a new future. Not one of the past. We see the need for seasons, for time, we see the need to allow the past to be the past. We are now going to experience new mercies for others, and ourselves accepting God’s grace and forgiveness, and using this as a new way to experience the New year God has afforded us. We will now we look toward the future God has for us with Godly anticipation and
He’s making New Wineskins:
The Message (MSG)
16-17 He went on, “No one cuts up a fine silk scarf to patch old work clothes; you want fabrics that match.
And you don’t put your wine in cracked bottles.”
Isaiah 43: 18-21
Take steps, do not use old wineskins. Create new ones.
4.) Manage my internal and external world
“I will manage my internal and my external world”.
This is about “self care”. Am I willing to “care for” God’s precious little one? Truthfully, no one wants to do instinctually do this, but we must.
There are five realms that make-up the human condition, the areas we need to
manage in order to be whole people congruent people are:
1.) The Physical
2.) The Social
3.) The Intellectual
4.) The Emotional/Psychological
5.) The Spiritual
We want to integrate and practice the above three directives within the 5
arenas. That means that in my internal and external world I am practicing
“position of intention”, bringing last year to a close and keeping it closed, I
am allowing for new beginnings, I am managing these worlds, and I am
loving God, myself, and others in the physically, socially, intellectually,
emotionally, and spiritually.
The first two are “my external” world. This is where the majority of
resolutions are made. This is where we generally see incongruences’ and
conflict. These are the areas that the internal are manifested .As we talked
about in the beginning the ripple effect means if I am trying to control my
external world first, hoping that it ripples inwardly, I am doing things
backwards and will get very tired and discouraged. For example, “if I loose
weight I will care about myself more”. When we are managing our internal
areas: emotional/intellectual/spiritual it is much easier to manage the external. This is
because if I am not managing my internal thought world, i.e. “how I think
about myself”. It will be harder to have positive external behaviors
regarding how I care for myself.
*My internal world: The world of emotions, ideas, (my intellectual world,
my emotional world, my spiritual world.
*My external world: My physical and my social world. How I act and
appear in these areana. What do I need to do to “live in love”
5.) Living in Love
1 John 4:7-8 New International Version (NIV)
God’s Love and Ours 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-10
The Message (MSG)
God Is Love.
7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
Remember, we are learning today how to allow for God’s best, how to create
an internal environment that invites God’s will and his way. Creating this
foundational approach to living my New Year, will cause me to better hear
the Holy Spirit, and to manage whatever successes’, failures, and hardships
may be coming in the New Year.
6.) Don’t worry
The word of the Lord:
Luke 24:36, “Peace be with you”
John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not
give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do
not be afraid”.
The British Medical Association claims that 60 to 80 percent of physical problems are rooted in our thinking. According to a heart specialist: it is not so much our arteries that are the problem as
our attitudes.” The effect of worry on the body is well known to all who are involved in treating physical problems. Clearly, worry takes its toll on our physical system. No organ is immune to worry. So you had better stop worrying before your health and effectiveness as a Christian
is weakened. A new beginning can drown in worry, and that is not what God has intended for you.
If you are struggling with new beginnings, let us know. We genuinely want everyone to be their own best version. Email us anytime.
Happy New Year.