2015: New Year, New You
“My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life to those who find them and health to all their body. Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established. Do not turn to the right nor to the left; Turn your foot from evil.” – Proverbs 4:20-27, NASB
2015…A new year! Time to wipe the slate clean, leave old bad habits behind and step into new better ones. For most of us the start of a new year brings New Year’s resolutions. We resolve to live a better life than we lived the previous year. Nothing is off limits! Bad eating habits…gotta go! Spending too much money…gotta go! Procrastinating on important tasks…gotta go! Not opening the Bible…gotta go!
But what we often forget is that it is not easy to end a season of eating, drinking, and making merry on December 31st and begin a season of restriction on January 1st. For many of us, it will be March before we get in a groove, if we stick to the resolution list at all. Here at Great Is, we want your flow to come sooner. So, during the month of January we will dedicate our devotionals to resolutions that will help us make this new year the best one yet.
These resolutions don’t require some fancy equipment or a financial investment. They just require your time. Time spent with God. Spending more time with God is probably already on your 2015 resolution list. I’ve learned in the recent years that if I don’t spend time with God, my other resolutions don’t matter because they will all fail without His hand.
In Proverbs 4:20-27 Solomon lays out a path to help us fulfill not only our 2015 resolutions, but a path for fulfilling our life’s purpose and God’s will. As you seek to grow deeper with God and to live a godly life, you will find that these words of wisdom from Solomon still ring true. These verses will serve as the foundational scripture for the next three weeks and frame the resolutions we hope you will join us in making manifest this year.
Resolution #1: Say What God Says.
In order to say what God says, you have to know what His word says. That means, reading the Bible. Last summer, we wrote a devotional that might help you get (back) into reading & studying God’s word for yourself.
Resolution #2: Clean Your Heart.
One of my favorite gospel songs is Give Me a Clean Heart by Fred Hammond. In the song Fred asks God to help him see God as He is, help to walk the path he should, to help him not doubt. To truly understand what God says, we have to get it in our hearts and it can’t get ingrained if there is other stuff taking up room.
Resolution #3: Keep Saying What God Says.
Often times when we don’t get what we pray for immediately we lose faith. This resolution is all about keeping the faith when your circumstances might not yet support your prayers.
Simple, right? Your list may include other resolutions, but we like to keep it short and sweet. We will focus on one resolution each week for the next three weeks. Each week you will receive additional scripture you can use to study and some reflection questions that you can use to journal your thoughts. This week, however, take the time to meditate of the words of Solomon and let it take root in your spirit; “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth and put devious speech far from you. Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you. Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.”
Lastly, as we prepare our hearts and minds for God’s revelation this month, we hope you will join us in prayer. There is power through prayer and intercessory prayer. Cheers to a new year and new you. Cheers to a new year and new us.
May you honor Him with your life and may your walk give Him glory,
Tamara & the Great Is Team