Don’t make good intentions – make God intentions.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19
As 2018 kicks off and we begin to prepare our hearts and our minds for the year to come, remember to keep your eyes forward. One of the easiest ways that Satan distracts us, knocks us off course, or keeps us idle, is by constantly bringing up our past; the hurt, the mistakes, even the things we’ve left behind. We begin to listen to these lies because the past is concrete. We can see it. We are familiar with it. Our fear and lack of faith comes when we look forward into the unknown, we begin to question moving forward at all, and instead, we decide to either go back to what we know or we sit still. We think, “how could I ever obtain this huge dream on my heart?”, and the truth is, we can’t without God.
Reread Isaiah 43:19, “I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” God is telling us that without Him, none of this is possible. He sees the unseen and knows the unknown, He is simply asking us to trust Him and to take a step. We tell God to move and then we will step out. God tells us to step out and then He will move. That is faith. Let God be God this year. Instead of making a new year resolution that might carry you through the end of January, be intentional about what you seek to accomplish this year. Don’t make good intentions, make God intentions.
“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14
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