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
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
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.
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
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
- 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?)