2023 is the year the Holy Spirit will unlock the power of God to come against any challenge in front of you!
God wants to accomplish great things through you for Him this year and will give you the strength to do so.
I have focused heavily on principles and priorities lately because we have a role to play.
We must have the relationships/recourses in our lives and priorities to set an order to help us accomplish what God has for us this year.
Our principles and priorities are what unlock our God-given potential.
You are called in “such a time as this,” but it’s up to you to unlock your potential.
God chose you and called you to be here, in this world, at this time.
We are all leaders, in big or small ways; we have the power to influence those God has placed in our lives.
And the most powerful way to unlock Godly leadership is through your servanthood. We must serve those around us.
2023 is a year to lead, not follow!
Do not follow the things of this world, but lead and be the example of Jesus. Take courage and boldness from the Spirit of God and lead by walking in His guidance.
Things might seem confusing, blurry, or hopeless, but remind yourself that you were made for this moment. God has great things He wants to do through you.
I want to leave you with these questions, “Are your priorities straight? Are your relationships/resources around you founded on Godly principles?”
Your priorities and principles will help you unlock your potential this year.
Esther 4:14, “For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
Last week I mentioned the phrase, “Principles are the foundation of relationships.”
Did you evaluate the principles that serve as the foundation for your life and relationships?
Your principles determine the strength of your foundation, which is why I concluded last week’s Monday Motivator with the reminder that they must be based on the truths of God’s word.
Today, I want to take this one step further. I want you to discover the step to help you launch into a greater you, relationships, and year.
That is, your priorities!
See, if we give minimum focus to the priorities in our lives, not only will our relationships fail, but the goals we want to accomplish will fail.
To be productive in our relationships and goals for life, we must learn to prioritize. To do that, we must determine the important things that must be done in our daily lives.
After discovering our priorities, we can take the necessary steps to honor those choices.
For example, is family time important to you? If so, while it’s obvious we have other things that need to get done, family time should be prioritized above all else.
To get better at prioritizing based on our principles, I want you to create a daily list of 3 things you need to get done. ONLY THREE! This exercise helps you accomplish those important things each day for the week and gets you one step closer to achieving your larger goals.
Prioritizing can help us create a flow in life like a river. It helps us avoid the time trap many fall into, which feels like a swamp.
There is a phrase that has been a part of my life for a long time: “Principles are the foundation of relationships.”
Principles are enduring! They are fundamental truths or propositions that serve as the foundation for a system of belief, behavior, or a chain of reasoning.
Unsurprisingly, our principles are reflected in our choices and relationships. We are only operating with principles if we can see the fruit and consistency.
Principles appear in our child-rearing, marriage, friendships, work, and leadership.
I bet you can think of the principles you teach your children so they can grow and mature. And we all know our kids might not understand the why behind it now, but they will in the long run.
And I bet you have principles in your marriage that have allowed you to build a strong relationship.
We even have principles in our business to create a healthy and growing atmosphere.
Do you see the pattern? When we build relationships on a firm foundation, they are not only good relationships but lasting!
If we build principles on materialist things, ego, or greed, our relationships won’t last.
Biblical principles are the foundation of a flourishing life.
Remember, we may SAY we operate with biblical principles but what do your choice and relationships show? They will reveal the true principles we operate on.
So, we have a choice. We can operate on a new level or stay stagnant with weak relationships.
For this reason, we must always go back to the word of God to determine our principles. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” Look to HIM to evaluate your principle on an ongoing basis.
His words should be the source of our principles, lamp, and guide. When we build our lives around Jesus, we create an unshakable foundation.
God wants to blast you into an entirely new dimeson this year and it starts with your principles.
Matthew 7:24-27 says, ” Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
We have made it to another year, and I am so thankful!
While everyone is thinking about goal setting, I encourage you to enter January with gratitude.
Consider the following:
1. The past/testimony – Giving God thanks for what He’s already done
2. Thanks for the future– Giving God thanks for what you don’t see yet.
Thanksgiving requires faith.
In the present, I thank God for what He has already done, which we should do continuously. It keeps me focused on the good things that have come into my life because of the blessing of the Lord, but it also requires no faith.
The second part of thanksgiving relates to faith because it requires us to be thankful for what hasn’t happened. We must begin to thank Him for what He will do in 2023 – before it happens!
Understand that in 2023 and every year, God wants to bless you.
Don’t live looking in the rear-view mirror because you’ll end up in a car accident. Instead, live looking forward with hope and faith!
2022 was a great year for me. After recovering from covid and watching God open doors across the world to minister, I believe even more extraordinary awaits.
I want us to thank God in advance for His blessing, love, and power in every situation for 2023.
Start the day with an attitude of thanks!
Get out of bed thanking God for how great He is before the day starts.
God has better and greater things planned for this year!
Psalm 34:1, “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, “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”