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New Year. Old Life.

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We have just begun yet another new year… Are you excited? I know I am. I am filled with anticipation for where God will lead me to this year – and maybe you are too.

Many of us would have made resolutions, feeling hopeful and perhaps even a little eager for a fresh start.

Some of you may be longing for a new beginning. Many of us were plagued by failures, losses, disappointments or grief, and you are desperate for a new year of changes and breakthroughs after barely surviving a difficult 2020.

BUT… for many, despite the “new” year, we are still haunted by old disappointments, wounds, setbacks, heartaches, grief, failures and losses.

The reality is this: our circumstances do not change overnight simply because we flipped over the page of our calendar.

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So the question is, HOW do we cope? What do we do when our circumstance remains the same, as we step into 2021?

How do we push forward into this year even when we are off to a rocky start or feel stuck in a seemingly same situation?

What do you do when you start the NEW year still very much living your OLD life?

Often, when our circumstances seem out of our control, we just ride it out. Yet, this new year, there is ONE thing we can do to turn our life around, even when things remain the same.

We can change the condition of our minds – almost as instantly as the start of a new day in the new year!

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Here’s how we recondition our minds: CHOICES!

We can choose to look at our circumstance differently so that we respond to the lack of change differently. Ask God for HIS perspective.

We can choose to confess Gratitude daily for all that is good and right in our life now – no matter how small they may be and live out 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

We can choose to give it ALL to Jesus and to say Yes to His invitation in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Lay every bitter hurt, disappointment, grief and setback at His feet and then, ask Him to steer us on a new course.

We can choose to bring to life 2 Corinthians 10:5 and “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

We can choose to have confidence in the character of our Father who is good and full of love and promises to “never leave nor forsake us” (Deuteronomy 31:8).

We can choose to wait on God because we have faith that our lives are in His capable hands, even when nothing seems to change or move.

We can choose to live each day rooted in Hebrews 11:1, which says, “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

We can choose to ask the Holy Spirit to teach us how to embrace Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Renewing and reconditioning our minds is a choice; it’s in OUR hands! We have the choice to use God’s Word to change our circumstance this NEW year, even as we live our “OLD” life.

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You see, the Word of God is “alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrews 4:12).

And when we make God’s Word our resolution for the New Year, it doesn’t matter how stuck we feel or how unchanging our circumstances may be.

God’s Word will renew our minds and teach us to handle our situation differently.

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God’s Word is not merely a theory; it is our powerful Weapon of warfare that will teach us how to push through into this new year as a new creation wearing a new life!

So this year, instead of a new word to stay refuelled all year, let’s seek The Word to be renewed!

Ponder:

Make this your new resolution or add it on to your existing one: Ask God to lead you to one verse in the Bible and make it your resolution this year to live out and practice that verse in every area of your life.

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