Work It Out Wednesday: 3 Simple Ways To Prepare For Spiritual Awareness In 2018

When the year is about to end and a new one is about to begin, we start to reflect on all the things that have happened in the last 365 days.

Here are five ways that you can restart your spirit.

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6-7

Humility is key.We should be amazed that God has treated us so generously. Laboring to see that means we must know our sin and know the cross well.Recognize that everything you do, you do in the strength that God supplies. That can be an empty phrase if you’re not really believing it. But Paul said, “By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. But I worked harder than any of them.”

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on the wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31

Hope. Live a life of hope. Realize that we keep running the race.God is the power to keep going month after month, year after year, even decade after decade in the path of obedience. And for many of us that will mean long-haul endurance. We hope to see the face of God.

“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

To trust in the Lord means more than believing in who he is and what he says; the word here for trust can also mean “to have confidence in.” Having confidence in something means having an assurance that leads to action. Trust in the Lord is a faith that lets us boldly serve. This confidence should infuse our whole being.All of our knowledge, wisdom, and will should be saturated in the action-producing assurance of the Lord.

The new year has potential. Do not squander it carrying in the luggage of 2017. Start fresh and clean.

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