Welcome to the How to Forget the Troubles, Problems, and Failures of the Past and Make the New Year the Best Year of Your Life podcast episode #16. My name is Daniel Whyte III the author of the book with the same title.
We are living in “times that try men’s souls.” These are truly difficult days for many people around the world. This podcast is to encourage you to forget the troubles, problems, and even failures of the past and to truly have the best year of your life. If you do what I am encouraging you to do in this little book, by the grace of God, and with His blessings on your life, you will have a great year. How do I know? Because every year over the past 10 years of my life have consistently gotten better and better because I am following the simple principles contained in this podcast. So shake the previous year off of you, and get ready for the best year of your life!
2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Our New Years quote for today is from A.W. Tozer who said, “Of all persons the Christian should be best prepared for whatever the New Year brings. He has dealt with life at its source. In Christ he has disposed of a thousand enemies that other men must face alone and unprepared. He can face his tomorrow cheerful and unafraid because yesterday he turned his feet into the ways of peace and today he lives in God. The man who has made God his dwelling place will always have a safe habitation.”
11. Depart from old friends and family who like to bring up old, negative and unprofitable memories. Love these folk. Pray for them. Help them if you can. But stay away from them as far as the east is from the west, because their design is to bring you down with them.
A preacher-friend of mine tells the story of how he learned from an old fisherman that when one goes crabbing you have to put the lid on top of the crab bucket if you only have one crab, but you don’t need the lid if you have two or more crabs. The reason for that is because when you have two or more crabs in the bucket, each crab will constantly try to pull the other crabs down. Isn’t that how many people are today? Watch these kinds of people whether they be family, friends, or foes, because if you are not careful, they will try to take you down.
As you branch into the New Year, consider these three questions that Charlie Jones presents in his book titled Life Is Tremendous: “Whom are you going to live your life with? What are you going to live your life in? What are you going to live your life for?”
I consider the last question to be the most important question because you must have someone who is greater than you to live your life for. That person is Jesus Christ. Family and friends may try to bring you down by bringing up things that happened way back when, but Jesus will forgive you and give you the grace and the strength to move forward with your life and accomplish the great things that He has uniquely prepared for you to accomplish.
So, in the New Year, what are you going to live your life for? Money? Fame? Power? Prestige? Having a big house? Having fine clothes? Family? Friends? Your job? Driving the latest car model? I would encourage you to make up your mind to live your life for Jesus Christ and for Him alone.
Forget the negative past “by any means necessary” (within legal boundaries). As the commercial goes–“Just do it.” That is a choice that you have to make. I’ll talk with you more about that in a few minutes.
13. Replace the past with positive goals and visions from God for your future.
Pray and ask the Lord to give you exactly what He wants you to do for this year and then plan accordingly, and begin to work hard and pray hard to accomplish what it is that He wants you to do.
Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”