Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Making Christ Centered Plans in the New Year

Isaiah 42:9
“Behold the former things have come to pass and new things I declare, before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (New International Version).

Each year we make resolutions and set goals for our future. But, how many of those goals are based on serving Christ and building His kingdom?

Each New Year offers us the opportunity to do just that.

During this year we should make plans and set goals that will allow us to continually grow in the Spirit of the Lord through each area of our life. At the end of the year, if we’ve worked our plan, our marriages should have grown, our children should have matured, our gifts and ministries should have increased, and our testimony and witness should have increased.

We must have a proper perspective of God’s view for our lives. Failing to place God at the center of our plans will lead to less than expected outcomes. But, when our plans are Christ centered and in alignment with God’s purpose for our lives, we can expect fulfillment, joy and favor. IF you want the will of God to be manifested in your marriage, on your job, and in your family, turn those areas of your life over to Him and allow His will to be done and His purpose to come forth.

As you seek to set your plans in motion for the New Year, remember

Philippians 3:13-14 “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (New International Version).

God desires for us to receive His forgiveness and move forward. Allow God to renew your spirit. Align yourself with what God wants for you and not what you want for yourself. Learn to wait on God; expecting new revelations and new understanding. The Holy Spirit will help you and equip you with everything you need to carry out God’s purposes for your life.

Philippians 1:6
>“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (New International Version).

Happy New Year

1 comment:

Valerie said...

Happy New Year Cheryl! Thank you soo much for this honest reminder! God bless you!