By: Savannah Lindell01/06/18

How to Set Yourself Up For Success in the New Year

How have you approached this new year? What have you done to make things different than the last, or you could put it this way, how have you set yourself up for your most successful year yet? Maybe you wrote down a list of resolutions and came up with a clear plan on how to make them stick (eating healthier or being more disciplined), and maybe you didn’t. Perhaps, your thinking, “I haven’t quite started the new year the way I wanted to.” Perhaps you haven’t done anything at all…

What if success is less about what you do and more about the perspective that you choose to have? What if the right perspective is all you need to have your best year yet?

Perspective is the way in which you view life. Perspective is the lens that colors everything you look at. As you look at this year, what perspective do you have? Is it one of hope and anticipation? I hope so!

It is God’s desire to show you his goodness and to reveal himself to you. But in order for that to happen, you have to have the right perspective. A perspective of faith that says, “I cannot wait to see what God is going to do.”

A faith perspective is based on the truth of God’s Word. It is not reliant on your circumstances and does not waver even when trials and storms come.

So, how can you enter this new year with this type of perspective, with a resolve to have an unshakeable faith? The truth is, it comes from what you believe and declare about God.

Here are four simple, yet profound faith declarations that will transform the way you approach this coming year:

Faith Declaration #1  – God is enough for me

God is enough. In fact, he is more than enough. No problem, no sickness, no circumstance is a match for my God. He is bigger than anything I could every face. His power is limitless and so is his provision. God plus nothing is all that I need to be victorious this year.

Philippians 4:19: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

Faith Declaration #2 -God has a plan for me

Although I do not know what the future holds, God does. The Psalmist says that, every detail of my life is recorded and that before I was ever born God had planned out every single day of my existence. No matter what happens in this coming year, I can be confident that he has a perfect plan and is working all things out for my good and his glory.

Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and give you a hope and a future.

Faith Declaration #3 -God wants to use me

God created me on purpose and for a purpose. He placed gifts and talents inside of me that he wants to use to show others His love. I do not have to be perfect or have everything together to be used by him. All I need to be is willing to give him what I have.

Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Faith Declaration #4 – God desires to do the impossible in my life

God calls me to believe for the impossible. To prayer for the miracle. To not give up on the dreams he has placed in my heart. They might seem too big for me, but they are not too big for him. He is the God of the impossible. He calls things that are not as though they are.

Ephesians 3:20 MSG: God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!

A large part of how we finish is dictated by how we start. Have you started the year with the right perspective? If not, now is the time!

Make speaking these faith declarations over your life your top priority this coming year, and if you do, you’ll see God strengthen your faith and take you further than you’ve ever been before!