Here's help in keeping a positive, faith-filled mindset for the year ahead.
Posted in , Dec 21, 2017
As December comes to an end, most people reflect on the past, anticipate the New Year ahead and consider how it will differ from this year. We may feel mixed emotions. While some had to say goodbye to loved ones, others said hello to newborns. Some felt they accomplished a lot, while others felt a sense of disappointment. With all that happened throughout the year, the chance to begin fresh in the New Year can be exciting. If we pray, work hard and keep our faith, we can accomplish many things.
Without a strong and positive mindset, reaching our New Year’s goals and facing life’s obstacles can be more difficult than need be. Life has a way of throwing things our way that we often can’t anticipate. As we prepare for the New Year, let us focus on the Word to sustain us through life’s ups and downs. The Word increases our faith and gives us spiritual strength. Here are seven biblical verses for the coming year:
1) “…but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
2) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
3) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
4) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
5) “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
6) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
7) “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)
As we close one year and begin another, let us move forward with confidence as God is always with us. And let us turn to scripture in good and bad times to help us maintain a positive faith-filled mindset. As the psalmist said, “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). What is your Scripture for the New Year? Please share with us.
Lord, let Your word light our path in the New Year.