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 #18. 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!
Our scripture passage for today is 2 Corinthians 5:17 which says: “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 Chuck Swindoll who said, “Let’s make one resolution this year: to anchor ourselves to God’s grace.”
2. Realize that you cannot make the New Year the best year of your life by yourself–only the Lord can.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me”.
The most life-changing thought that has ever come to me, I learned from the Word of God. And that is: “CHRIST IN ME THE HOPE OF GLORY.” My friends, if you can get a hold of that fact, in a real sense, that the true Christian has Christ living in him, you will never be the same.
You can’t, but Christ can! If you have a great year, it will be because of Jesus Christ and not because of your ingenuity, intuition, education, administration, talent, skill, ability, strength, or intelligence. If you and I succeed, it will be because of Jesus Christ. And, of course, He alone must get all of the glory.
One of the reasons, in fact, the main reason, we cannot overcome our sins and failures of the past year is because we are trying to overcome them in our own strength. God told Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4:6: “Not by [your] might, nor by [your] power, but by my spirit saith the Lord of hosts.” God also told Jeremiah to “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not”. We think we can overcome our problems and failures in our own might and by our own strength. But God is telling us, ‘no, you cannot.’ God is telling us, ‘I’m waiting on you to ask. I’m waiting to show Myself mighty in your life.’ But some of us are so stubborn and full of pride that we see it as weakness to “let go and let God.” Our song is, “I did it my way” and “I’ll do it my way.” The problem here is, your way is the way that led you to some of your troubles and failures in the past year. God wants to give you a successful New Year, but He will not force His will on you.
Annie Johnson Flint wrote the poem below about how we should depend on God to do things in our lives. The poem goes partly like this:
I cannot, but God can;
Oh, balm for all my care!
The burden that I drop
His hand will lift and bear.
Though eagle pinions tire,
I walk where once I ran,
This is my strength to know
I cannot, but God can.
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.”