Watch or listen…
2020 was a year of the unexpected!
I know it was just days ago and nothing much has changed, but the turning over of the calendar represents something.
Forward Motion – Time has not stopped; days still pass us by and a year from now we will look back and ask ourselves what happened in 2021.
Clean Slate – We can look at goals we missed last year and reset on them this year. We can look at setbacks from last year and plan to gain ground this year.
Starting – Hope abounds at the start. A runner in a race is full of hope as he lines up on the starting line with the other racers. A new year brings fresh hope, fresh optimism, and a fresh outlook.
These are all great motivators in our lives. Amen! It is ok to feel hopeful in this new year.
Key Passages: Matthew 6:25-34 (NKJV)
25“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Most of us take a survey at the end or beginning of the year
We begin asking ourselves about what you want to see move in 2021. As a result of this analysis, we tend to make these resolutions…
We prioritize certain things in our lives. Health is usually number one, and it usually includes weight loss. Finances or gain in wealth is often the second focus. We investigate stewardship, savings plans, and debt management. The third area of our life often look at is our family time, work-life balance, and planning for more vacations.
Our desire is either to increase or decrease or to simply cut things out. But what about God? Where does our spiritual journey fit in? As we start this new year, we need to be resolute in our pursuit of the kingdom of God. Can we put God at the top of our list?
Q: What resolutions are you making for 2021? Where does your spiritual journey fit in?
Getting your House in order
It is important to designate time at the beginning of the year to fast and pray. This is not to get it done first and then move on with the rest of the year, but to cultivate a lifestyle of putting God first and getting things in order.
Fasting is such a powerful tool and there are many examples in the Bible.
- Freedom from sin
- Financial troubles
- Emotional Freedom/Health
- Humanitarian needs of others
- Major Decisions
- Health & Healing
- Influence on others
For more information on fasting, please go to https://thelife.org/2021-fast/.
Q: What is God asking you to fast? Write the list below. What are you believing God for in 2021?
You were created for MORE!
It is time to move beyond satisfying our earthly desires and be a part of something bigger than you. It’s time to impact the kingdom of God.
We do that by hearing God’s voice. Our Father knows everything we need. When we prioritize His Kingdom, we realize His blessings. This must be a daily priority. Tomorrow has its own issues that we can’t foresee, 2020 taught us that. We have an opportunity to put the Kingdom of God 1st this year.
His plan, His purpose, His people.
It’s important to know, as a Church, we didn’t just occupy space. We are called to make a difference in our community, to influence people to find a new life in Christ. We need to be strengthened as a body, one Church multiplied through discipleship and equipping people to serve. Anything multiplied by one shows no increase or growth. We are called to help people discover purpose, direction, and fulfillment because all of these things live in a relationship with Christ.
Q: Spend some time in prayer, ask the Father to show you what you were created for. What MORE are you being called to in 2021?