Giving Purpose a Fresh Start
Tips to Start 2020 on Track
It’s that wonderful time of year when we take time to look back at the year and then look forward to what God has in store for us. For many of us, looking forward gives us hope and involves setting spiritual goals for ourselves.
Whether we’re thinking about our personal lives, spiritual lives, relationships, or our future, we need to ask ourselves what kind of person does God want us to be. Having goals can center us, keep our eyes on the Kingdom, and encourage us to grow spiritually. Without goals, we could lose our vision or hope for new beginnings. We can even flounder, feel lost, or lose track of our purpose. If you’ve never considered making goals in the New Year, use this as a starting point and personalize these goals for your own circumstances.
Tugging at Your Emotions:
The best place to start when trying to figure out how to set spiritual goals for the new year is to be very honest with yourself about how things have been going up until now. The Bible encourages us, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves,” 2 Corinthians 13:5.
How has your past year lined up with God’s heart, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health as your soul prospers,” III John 1:2. Look closely at where you are now and ask yourself how you are doing in these three areas
- Prosperity: Are you experiencing success in home or business due to the blessing of being financially stable?
- Health: Is your physical body well so you can live a long abundant life and be productive in your purpose?
- Soul: Are you healthy emotionally when influenced by your will and desire to make wise choices so there’s no stress?
Setting a God Honoring Goal:
1. Recognize where you are not blessed. Ephesians 1:3, “Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places.” What is happening in heaven that you’re not experiencing on earth. These blessings are waiting for us to call them down to earth.
2. Find a Bible promise that will release heaven’s blessing. In Matthew 6:10, Jesus teaches us to pray for “His Kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven”. In other words, when we pray for His will to be done, then His Kingdom will be established as a result. When we pray amiss of His will, or we don’t bother to pray at all, His Kingdom doesn’t come.
3. Decree the promise until you see a breakthrough. Everything starts with prayer, and one of the power tools of prayer is our ability to “make a decree”. Making a decree causes the blessings of Heaven to be released from heavenly places into our natural realm. We decree our peace, we decree our health, we decree salvation to our families, our destiny, favor, wisdom, financial abundance and stability, etc. If He said it in His Word, then it’s ours and it’s “decree-able.”
Making the Decree in Faith:
When we make a decree, we say it out loud in faith because the spiritual realm must hear it in order to obey it. A decree is not a passive, silent, done-only-in-our-own-minds type of effort. You make the decree, which is the wisdom of God, before the angels, as well as the powers and principalities. Psalm 103:20; “Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.” Your decree sets the spiritual realm in motion, just like God’s Word had originally set creation into motion. What things you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them and you shall have them. It’s all because of Christ and through Him we are now that powerful.
“May the God hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him,” Romans 15:13. I decree that this Year 2020 is your breakthrough year and you will fulfill your purpose with a fresh start to advance the Kingdom of God.