As we are close to the end of the year, it is natural to take some time to reflect on everything we experienced and accomplished. We analyze the goals we set, the challenges we faced, and the successes we achieved. We learn from our experiences and use that knowledge to make better decisions. It is a time to evaluate our personal and professional growth and to consider what we want to accomplish during the new year. With the new year comes new opportunities, and we look forward with hope and anticipation for what lies ahead. The first month is usually a planning month, and we try to set up new goals and plans for the future. But we should not forget that we must present every plan and every decision before our Heavenly Father, so let us call January the preparation month. Let us dedicate this month to planning and praying for everything we want to accomplish during the new year. Let us seek God's guidance in every decision we make.
We must acknowledge that we would not have another year if it were not for God, so it is only right that we include Him in our plans. God knows what is best for us, and His will is always better. He wants to guide us and be actively involved in every aspect of our lives. We should prioritize having a closer relationship with God as the first item on our list of resolutions. When we have a strong connection with Him, everything else in our lives will fall into place. He is a never-ending source of wisdom, love, and strength that will help us conquer any obstacle we may encounter. When we present our plans to God, we are giving Him a vote of confidence and telling Him that we want to surrender to His will and purpose for our life.
This surrender is necessary if we want to succeed. We must surrender to God's will, even if that means letting go of control of things and taking a different path than the one we had in mind. We also must be aware that we may encounter obstacles, so we must strengthen ourselves to prepare for whatever comes our way. How do we prepare for what lies ahead? Here are some tips:
Focus on preparing your heart. If you have not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, this is the best time to do so. If you have unforgiveness, forgive; if you have sin, repent. Start the new year with a clean slate.
Connect with the ever-flowing fountain that is Jesus. Establish an intimate relationship with Him and His Holy Spirit.
Live with gratefulness in your heart. Learn to be grateful for everything, even the things that seem trivial.
Study and apply the Bible teachings to your life. Studying the Bible will nurture and strengthen your faith.
Memorize verses that are important to you. Knowing God's promises for your life will help you remain strong against the enemy's lies during troubled times.
Take care of yourself. Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, so we must take care of it.
Prayer and Worship. Having a life of prayer and worship will help you have peace and will help you reach out to God to obtain His blessings.
These are only a few tips, but there are great ways to prepare spiritually for the new year. I encourage you to reflect on what areas of your life need to be tuned up and improved and start presenting them before God so He can take the wheel of your life and take you to newer and better pastures. Starting the year with God is the best decision you can make. Repeat with me:
Lord, I need you in my life. I recognize that I am a sinner, and I need forgiveness. I know you are the only one who can guide me to a better life and give me true freedom. I am grateful for your sacrifice of love for me on the cross. Thank you for surrendering your life to save me. I know that you are the truth and the only way to salvation, and take control of my life and guide me to fulfill your purpose for my life. I surrender to your will. Please help me throughout this new year and give me all the tools and strength I need to overcome any obstacle that I may encounter. Help me see beyond any trouble and maintain my sight fixed on you. In Jesus's name, I pray, Amen!