NOT JUST ANOTHER YEAR; Maximizing the New Year


It is always a thing of joy and much anticipations for us to see the new year. As the days go by in the year , many of these anticipations die and people begin to expect to see another new year . The circle of times and seasons continues for many without tangibly making the year unique for them. This being the beginning of a new year , the question then is , how do we maximize this year to make it not just another year?

First understand that no matter the year  there are certain things that remain unchanged. Many times every year comes with its evils. You can pray to be delivered from evil. No matter the year, it is still a sick and dying world. The fall of man is consistently having a toll on the world . This will not change till Jesus returns. Our bodies still remains immortal no matter the year we are in.  

Philippians 3 : 20  For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:  21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

There is no year that the above factors will change. Many times  , these factors causes certain things to happen that make people to question the character of God. We hear of sicknesses ravaging people’s bodies because of our vile bodies and the wickedness of men. To fully maximize the year , we must exonerate God from any evil that happens on earth. God is Good and in Him is no evil at all.

James 1

 17  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures


Notice what God gives is good and perfect. It is the new creature that is born of God. Notice the description of God in verse 17.  God is the father of lights with whom there is no variableness or change . There is certainty in His nature . God is not the father of darkness, He is not the father of evil. He is the father of lights. We see this clearly when we look at Jesus, God manifest in the flesh. Christ is the image of the invisible God. Colossians 1:  15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: Therefore to fully know the invisible God we must look at Jesus. When Christ walked the earth, He never caused any pandemic or evil. He went about healing people oppressed of the devil. Acts 10:38. This is where we see God in healing and saving men. Understanding the nature of God that He is not involved in evil will help us to take responsibility for the year.

Psalm 115 : 16  The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

The earth is under the control of men. In this earth, we have new creatures in Christ and unbelievers. These men in the light (in Christ) and in the darkness (outside Christ) regulate the activities of this earth. Many people have believed on a false sovereignty of God. They believe God is in charge of everything that happens on earth in a year. This will make God to be extremely wicked and it will invalidate the place of the choice of men. Where we see the sovereignty of God is in salvation. The regeneration of men is wrought solely by God through His Spirit once a man believes. Even at this, a man still needs to believe the gospel and receive the work of salvation wrought by Christ.

How does all these help us to maximize the year ? First it will help us to realize the importance of our choices in determining what happens to us in the year. We must take responsibility for the year instead of looking for God to blame. Does it mean God is not involved at all in our activities in the year? God is fully involved in us as believers. How is God involved? By His WORD AND HIS SPIRIT.

Therefore to make the most out of the year, we must ensure we act on God’s word always. We must allow God’s word to regulate every of our conduct. There is no greater blessedness than the blessedness of doing the word. This year let your life be SOLELY REGULATED by God’s word in Christ. If God’s word says you can do you can no matter your experiences.


James 1

 21  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

 22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

 23  For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:

 24  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.

 25  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

A believer who does not act on the word deceives himself. Doing the word in this context of James 1 is not forgetting the manner of man you are in the gospel (perfect law of liberty).  For example, when a believer thinks he doesn’t have power, he is deceiving himself because he has exceeding greatness of God’s power as Ephesians 1:19 told us. When a believer thinks he is not righteous, he is deceiving himself because he is the righteousness of God in Christ ( 2 Corinthians 5:21). A believer living in sin is also deceiving himself because he has the power to live above sin in Christ. What is God’s word? It is simply the gospel of Jesus. It is communication of Christ as documented in the Bible.

God’s word must become your only reality this year like never before. In the word, we see that as believers, we ought

To PREACH the gospel to everyone. Mark 16:15-17

To PRAY without ceasing.  1 Thessalonians 5:17

To LOVE one another and even our enemies. Romans 13:8, Luke 6 :35

To HONOUR your pastors. 1 Thessalonians 5: 12-13, Hebrews 13:7,17

To COVET Spirituals(the things/gifts of the Spirit) and despise not prophesying. 1 Corinthians 12 :31, 1 Thessalonians 5:20

And many other instructions we see in the word . Now for any of these instructions, you don’t necessarily need a thus says the Lord to carry them out. YOU DO NOT NEED A THUS SAYS THE LORD BEFORE YOU CARRY OUT ANY INSTRUCTION CLEARLY STATED IN GOD’S WORD.   You can only be led of the Lord on how to go about it. You don’t need to ask the Lord should I pray ? Should I preach ? Should I give ? All you need do is to make up your mind to allow God’s word regulate every of your conduct this year like never before.

Psalms 1

 1  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

 2  But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

 3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.


A man that do the word is always fruitful no matter the environment he finds himself. This means that other persons may be complaining that the year is bad, but you will be enjoying the blessedness of doing the word. You may go through same storms that others go through but you will have different results because you know how to do the word. You know you should be given to prayers when afflicted not  complaining. You know to hear from God and follow the leading of the Spirit. You know to maximize relationships and not despise people. You are doing the word. You are not the one that says it is all about God and despise men.

There is nothing you will ever want from God that don’t come from men. In the same vein, you cannot want to do something for God without doing it for men. John will say you cannot say you love God when you don’t love men. ANYTHING you will ever want is IN THE HANDS OF ANOTHER MAN. This is not just in spiritual things . Even in your worldly endeavors and career, you learn to VALUE RELATIONSHIPS. You build relationships.

In summary, it is foolishness to do the same things the same way and expect different results. To make sure that this year will not be just another year, learn to do things differently in areas you were not getting it right before. Be deliberate about doing God’s word and following the leading of the Spirit in everything. Maximize relationships and take responsibility for your choices knowing fully well that God cannot stop you in making your choices . Let your choices be in the light according to God’s word and the leading of the Spirit.

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