New Year, Fresh Start – 7 Exit Tips to Move You into the New Year with a Clean Slate!
Out With the Old and In With the New
But first we need to look at the ‘out with the old’
before we look at the ‘in with the new.’
Why not start the New Year with a clean slate?
We all have skeletons in our closets;
those unpleasant things we are ashamed of
and hope nobody discovers about us.
But God can clean up our closets and wipe the slate clean.
He can give us a fresh new start and a clean slate in life so that we no longer care if others find out about our past, because God has cleaned it up and made all things new.
“Old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
— 2 Corinthians 5:17
7 Exit Tips for the Year:
1. Take an Account of the Past Year
Make note of the people that have done you wrong and FORGIVE everyone of them. Release them, loose them, let them go, and let it drop.
Don’t let your anger cause you to sin, or let the sun go down on your wrath. (Eph 4:26) Remember, forgiveness does not condone behavior, but a lack of forgiveness hurts you. And if you don’t forgive others you hold yourself in unforgiveness. (Matt 6:14-15)
2. Forgive Yourself
Confess your sin and God will forgive you. (1 John 1:9) We are not to sin, but if we do, we have an advocate with the Father; because Jesus is righteous we are righteous in Him.
If God will forgive us, but we won’t, that is extreme arrogance and pride.
3. Examine Yourself
Ask yourself, “Where am I at in my faith?”
“Examine yourselves, whether you be in the faith; prove your own selves.”
— 2 Corinthians 13:5
Repent means to turn from our ways and change for the better. Repentance is a basic principle of the doctrine of Christ. Repent and face the New Year renewed.
5. Commit to Forget the Past
“Forget those things which are behind and reach for those things which are ahead.”
— Philippians 3:13
Let God wash away your sins and any heavy burden of guilt that you have been carrying with it. Leave them in the past and press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil 3:14)
6. Commit to Not Live on Past Successes
Don’t live on yesterday’s successes. Today is a new day and a new year is upon us; keep pressing forward. God does not want us to live on yesterday’s manna.
Don’t take record of the past. (Phil 3:8) Be busy about your Father’s business today. Commit to hunger after God’s Word daily.
7. Bury Past Events that Need to be Buried
Sometimes we need to bury past events.
“Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.”
— Hebrews 12:1-2
Before we start the race we have to first drop the weights holding us down. Strife, gossip, worry, fear, pride, arrogance, racism are just some of the many weights.
Now what? Take some time to let God help you exit the year with a clean slate. Let Him fill your New Year with love, joy, hope, peace, power, prosperity, and victory.
May you have a blessed and Happy New Year filled with growing prosperity!