Wow can you believe we are already halfway through January? Time is moving so fast. I was catching up with a friend recently and we were reflecting on things that are happening in the world and she said something that really stood out to me. She began to tell me how she believed last year was everyone’s testimony year and that this year will be a year of success stories. I couldn’t agree more. We all had time to reflect and realign our lives last year, therefore, this year should be the year of putting our plans into action so that we are able to claim success at the end of 2021.
But what does success actually look like and how can we achieve it? When referencing success biblically, I can’t help but think about the story of Joshua and how he ceased the promised land through God’s guidance. I mean, that’s relative to what we’re trying to achieve right? The mission is to cease what we feel God has for us, so, in this series of posts I want to reveal to you the keys to having a successful year.
I will be separating the keys in a series of posts because I want to give as much detail on each key as possible so that you fully understand the importance of each key. If I were to do this in one post it would be too long and could possibly be overwhelming. I like to make things as easy and as comprehensive as possible. I will start with what I believe is the first key to achieving a successful year.
1ST KEY TO SUCCESS:
Leave The Past In The Past
We all are aware of the chaos, confusion, and just all around bad energy 2020 produced but we must not dwell on that which has happened in the past. Meditating on it for too long could cause it to be a continuous reality for us. We must pull ourselves out of any negative mindset we have attached to anything from 2020.
A great minister named Dr.Tony Evans put this in perfect perspective for me. In one of his sermons he says how going into the future is like driving a car. Our eyes should always be looking forward at the windshield. The past is our rear view mirrors meaning it should be used only as a reference or for assisting. What happens if we focus on the rear view mirror too long and not on what’s going on through the windshield in front of us? There is a possibility of crashing or getting off course at the least. There is no time for all of that.
Philippians 3:8-9 is great in reminding us that we should count everything that has been lost or gained outside of Christ as garbage for the sake of gaining Christ so that we won’t have a righteousness of our own but one that comes from God on the basis of faith in Him. Everything gained outside of Christ will more than likely bring sorrow which a bunch of people are experiencing, however, seeking everything through Christ surpasses any peace of understanding and has no sorrow with it. Leaving the past in the past gives us an opportunity to begin a journey in gaining everything new through Christ and have ultimate satisfaction. 1 Peter 5:10 hits us with reassurance saying,
“The God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little while”1 Peter 5:10
Everything from the past was a part of God’s plan for you but He doesn’t intend for us to stay there if it’s outside of His kingdom agenda. We are to leave it where it is, reference it on an as needed basis, and have faith that He will guide us to our promised land.
In the next post I will explain the importance of ceasing our inheritance. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know how you feel about the first key to success.