“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16 ESV)
This year is almost done and a new one is about to begin. I’m pretty sure we all have things that we feel could have made 2015 a little better, but we must face the reality that time moves forward and so do we. Our only option is to move forward into the year ahead and to make the most of it by God’s grace. Every regret, every disappointment and every trial is in your past and may even be lingering in your present, but they don’t have to possess your future.
In the next year just like this one you are going to need God. You are going to need His grace, power and most importantly His manifest presence during the course of 2016. As a matter of fact, you can’t afford to go through life without Him. During this year it is my prayer that you would begin to actively engage God through prayer and a more consistent study of the Bible. It is my desire that you would move beyond the mechanical movements of cold religion to the easy flow of a vibrant relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
As you begin planning for 2016, prayerfully consider ways that you can make a greater impact in the live of others for God’s glory. Don’t make 2016 about you alone, but let your relationship with God overflow into your relationships with others. In the year ahead your relationship with God will make you a better, spouse, parent, child, sibling, employer, and employee. Your relationship with God will also fuel you for a level of success that you have never experienced before. 2016 will your best year yet.
What do you believe God will accomplish in your life in 2016?
Declaration: “In 2016 I will refuse to accept the limitations of 2015. With God I will accomplish great things. Doors of opportunity are opening to me every day. The favor of God enables me to make the most of every opportunity that I am given. I conquer every impossibility because I living life with God.”
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.