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A New Year: Planning, Progress, Success

Imagine that it is a year from now. What new undertaking in your life would you like to have accomplished by then? Be specific. Describe something new or a very dramatic change to something that already exists.

Planning: What is your plan to take your idea and turn it into reality? What role does God play in your plan? How does James 4:13-16 help you with your planning?

13 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that."

Progress: How can you be certain of making progress towards your undertaking? Describe some specific things you must do to assure success. In what way does Philippians 1:6 assure you of success?

1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi, together with the overseers and deacons: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Success:

In Joshua 1:7-8, what does God say must be done for success? In what ways do Godís laws, given to Moses thousands of years ago, apply today?

6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

What does Psalm 1:3 & 6 reveal to you in terms your potential success?

2 . . . But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 4 Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

How does Jesusí words in John 13:34-35 help you plan for, progress toward, and measure success?

34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples; if you love one another.

  • During the next few weeks, reconsider all your resolutions and plans for this year.
  • Consider each of them in light of Godís word. Are there things you should change or accelerate?
  • What must you do to assure that by this time next year you will have accomplished your plans?
  • Are there new plans should you consider in light of this study? What are they?
  • WWJHYD? (What Would Jesus Have You Do?)