Read:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 HCSB)

Reflect:

Today marks the second day of 2017.  With 2016 behind us and 2017 ahead of us, we all seem to have a sense of hope and happiness. To keep the fire burning in the new year, we must remember 3 key things:

Our Christian walk is a marathon, not a sprint.
As Christians, we all have mountaintop experiences, however, we eventually leave the mountain and, everyday life kicks in.  If we don’t stay on top of our spiritual game, we can become complacent. Our Christian walk is something that is maintained daily. 

Our Christian walk, like our resolutions require a completely new mindset.
Romans 12:2 tells us we must constantly be renewing our minds. We can’t leave an empty hole, there is always something that is going to fill it. Renewing the mind means not just cutting out, but replacing the negative things in our life with spirit filled, God focused things.

God’s mercies are new each morning.
Failure will happen. We are sinners by nature, and we will slip from time to time, but just because you mess up, doesn’t mean it is time to give up. When we sin, God is quick to forgive. (1 John 1:9).

Let me encourage you today, sisters, in our Christian walk, whatever your resolutions might be, to be persistent, never give up, and enjoy the journey. Love God, love others, live loved.

Pray:

God I thank you for the renewal of yet another new year.  Lord, throughout this year may I put you above all things and grow to be more like you. Help me to be patient in affliction, renew my mind daily, and accept the grace you have so freely bestowed upon me. In Your Holy Name I pray, Amen.

Your Turn:

What are some resolutions you have decided to keep this year?

Spend time in prayer this week, and ask the Holy Spirit to help you in persistence, renewal, and mercy, for yourselves and others.

If you don’t have one already, find a good Bible Reading plan to kick off the new year.