BIBLE READING: PROVERBS 3:5-6; JAMES 4:13-15
Commit your works to the Lord [submit and trust them to Him], And your plans will succeed [if you respond to His will and guidance]. Proverbs 16:3 (AMP)
Every new year offers itself to us as a blank cheque waiting for us to fill it with our desires, and expectations but there have been many ways a lot of Christians have responded to every new year they have been privileged to see.
For many, they begin with the euphoria of fireworks. For others, the new year is about new resolutions of DO’s and DON’Ts, then for a few others, they sit down to strategically plan their year. Today, I want to show you two major ways you need to respond to every new year you have an opportunity to see.
First, you begin with a heart of gratitude to God for a brand new year. Many wished to come through but did not. So, it calls for a heart of gratitude to God. After that is done, the next thing that should follow is to sit down and strategically plan your year with prayer, committing your goals to the Lord and seeking His guidance and direction.
Let me call your attention to this again. Usually, in every new year, many people start with new year resolutions of DO’s and DON’Ts. They wish to stop certain habits, and to attain certain feats. But then the problem with resolutions is that there is no road map for their achievement, it is basically established on good intentions.
Therefore, it is important to know that no positive intention ever manifests on its own without your contribution to it through planning and deliberately executing them. That is what I want to discuss this morning as you prepare to enter a new year.
By strategic planning, I am referring to the deliberate act of an individual to sit down and plan how you intend for your year to go. Again, remember as I said earlier, that every new year presents itself to us as a blank cheque waiting for us to fill in goals and plans. If you don’t have a plan or a goal, the year will give you a plan of its own.
Proverbs 16:9(NIV) says, In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. In other words, God expects that at every new year, you should always have a plan because He is going to lead you along your plans and goals. Your plans and goals serve as your compass for direction, as well as areas of commitment. So it is your responsibility to plan and then God will lead you along those plans.
So a fruitful year is largely based on goal setting and deliberately pursuing them. Don’t just let the year happen to you. To have a goal that guarantees effective implementation, you must do the following:
•Commit your plans unto God through prayer: Ask the LORD to bless your plans, and you will be successful in carrying them out. Proverbs 16:3 (GNT).
•Be specific about what you want to achieve. Don’t have a vague plan, point out what you want to achieve.
•Ensure that your goals are measurable.
•They should be things that are achievable.
•They should be realistic and relevant.
•They should be time bound.
•Commit yourself to achieve them, you can reach for a mentor or an accountability partner, who will help you maintain your focus to ensure that you accomplish your goals.
•Remain committed to the plans/goals.
When you intentionally and carefully observe all these laws and principles in carrying out your set goals, you definitely will record success because life is based on principles.
Righteous Father, thank You again for this guide. I am grateful for Your gift of life that has kept me through this year and is taking me into a new year. Help me Lord to execute all my goals that are in line with Your will for my life in the coming year. I receive grace for fruitfulness and exploits in the year 2021 in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!