Let’s talk about the New Year. I was journeying from Owerri to Okigwe on New Year ’s Day when I passed a church poster advertising their Cross-over service. The theme was YOUR LAST NIGHT IN EGYPT. That got me really thinking.
Egypt. Was that not what they told us on the last night of 2017? They said, “The Egyptians you see today, you shall see them no more.” Then it appeared like the Egyptians heard it and increased their presence in our lives. Then 2018, then 2019, then 2020. This past year, it was really a funny year. In fact, for me, it was the most painful year of my life.
So, this is my question. How can I be sure that the Egyptians did not cross over with me to a new year? How I can I know for sure that in this New Year, I have a reason to hope? This got me thinking, and led me to write down these instructions which I feel everyone, including me should take into the New Year. Please read carefully!
Fore mostly, it is important for you to realize that it is not all in your hands. How this year will go, is not all in your hands. Pray all you can, fast all you can, plan all you can, be intentional all you can, some things will happen this year that are beyond your ability to control. This is because you are not the only one in this world.
There is God, and there are other human beings too. Every day choices are being made, consequences are being exerted, decisions are being made, that are beyond you. That is why the Bible said that we should give thanks in all things; because when we have done our best, we can learn to acknowledge that not all things in this life are within our power to control and decide.
However, it is important for you to understand, that though it is not all in your hands to decide how this year will go, you have a major role to play in how it turns out, especially in your life, your family, and generally in your community and nation at large.
So, you still have a responsibility, however to do your best. So, what can you do to do your best this year? Let’s talk about that.
The year is divided into months, and the months into weeks, and the weeks into days, the days into hours and the hours into minutes and then seconds. How the year will turn out is simply dependent on how each day turns out.
The hymn writer said, “I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day.” Imagine a man who makes a commitment to gain new heights every day; by the time the year is ending, he is more than 360 meters higher than his height last year (if we take each day for a meter). You get the point?
How the year will turn out is not going to be decided by the bogus goals and resolutions you have made, but upon your ability to break those goals into daily tasks which you can take on and accomplish moment by moment.
Let me take as an example, you want to finish 20 books by the end of the year. Fine. Have you broken that down into daily goals? That is where the problem is.
Yes, you may be enthusiastic about this new year, after all the dose of prophetic utterances that were released upon your head. But do you know that prophecies are given so that you will fight with them. If you refuse to fight, you will still fail like a man that was given no prophecy.
So, this is how to live this year. Each day you wake up, beginning from today, don’t be in a hurry to go out and go about the day’s tasks. Take some time to reflect, to weigh the prophecies God has given you, and the decisions you have made as a consequence. Take some time to release your faith for the day’s evils and troubles.
Take some time to speak into each day. Declare that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord that day.
If there are sinful habits you are struggling with (anger, lying, cursing, pornography and masturbation, sexual immorality, etc), take some time to declare that you will not fall into sin that day. Don’t worry about being free from that sin forever, worry about being free from that sin for today. Take each day as it comes.
Never leave your house without a battle plan. Never leave your house without hearing from God. Never be in a hurry to enter into the day’s business without setting your day in order, and setting daily goals to be achieved. At the end of each day, take some time to score yourself.
The ability to win a whole year is in winning one day at a time; and the sweetness of victory is that each day you win strengthens you to win the next day and the next day, and so by the end of the year, you are a winner.
Finally, you have a battle to face. Don’t be a men-pleaser. But don’t also be a jerk. Follow the Spirit. Let Him teach you when to say No, and when to bend yourself to help another.
We look forward to times of great victories, and we know that the Lord will be with us in this New Year, as He had been in previous years.
However, “let everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of a job well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else”. Galatians 6 vs. 4 (TLB)
HAPPY NEW YEAR