New Year- New You?
At this time of year, we can be bombarded with messages via magazines, newspapers, radio and TV telling us “New Year – New You”. Giving promises of a whole new way of life if we will just follow the latest diet fad or buy a celebrity’s exercise DVD etc. But when promises of change and trying to be different don’t work we become discouraged and loose hope.
Today I’d like to give you encouragement and hope that change is possible – that there is a new life waiting for each of us if we are willing to embrace it.
We have been given a new life, and we have been given God’s Holy Spirit to enable us to live out the new life that is now ours. The Holy Spirit does in us everything that Jesus has accomplished for us. The question is: am I, are you, willing to allow him to work in us?
1. Abiding in Christ
2.Attentive to God’s Word
To be transformed means to be changed at the deepest level. It’s a continual process of having our mind renewed. God does this as we study and meditate on his Word. We need to not just spend time in God's Word, but also take the time to listen to him while we do it. We need to also be open to obeying the Holy Spirit’s promptings.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a (NLT)
There is many a time when I have been frustrated over my seemingly lack of progress or slow progress. I wish I could change overnight, but that’s not usually how it works. Mostly, change does take time, especially if we are dealing with a bad habit that we have unknowingly nurtured for years. We need to be realistic about the time it will take. It’s another reason why it’s so valuable to have a good friend who you can share with, because they can encourage when you feel discouraged and they are able to see things more objectively.
6. Achievable goals
Set goals that are achievable – be realistic in your goal setting. If you set yourself a huge task then you are almost certain to fail even before you begin. Use a set of smaller goals to fulfil the bigger goal.
To Think About:
Which one of these seven points do you think God is asking you to focus on?
Is there one you feel challenged over? One that you feel deep within God is pointing out to you? One that has stuck in your mind more than the others? One that God has been prompting you on even before today?