I am borrowing this from our Pastor in Bogota Colombia, Pastor Claudia Castellanos (wife of Pastor Cesar Castellanos, the Father of the G12 vision)
To a Year of Conquest!
TWELVE TIPS TO CONQUER THE NEW YEAR. Part one
Whatever you do in the beginning of each year will determine the way that year goes. We must visualize ourselves having the best year of our lives; we must decree that it will be a year of jubilee. When we have a feast with the Lord we will experience his blessing every day.
King Solomon, in the book of Proverbs, gives us 12 key principles to live a balanced and successful life:
1. Be a person with firm determinations (Proverbs 1:10)
The believer must remain faithful to God and to His word; not giving in to the pressure of sinners, or supporting the arguments that they have in their lives, they must only determine to serve God. Man cannot allow the contamination of the continuous attack of immoral impurity that comes through T.V., magazines, movies, etc. If sinners seek to deceive you, don’t let them. A person falls into a trap when their will gives room to the desires of the adversary. But remember that God will not allow any test that you cannot endure; He will grant you the strength that you need. Nobody can say that the temptation was greater than God’s help. Begin this year with determination and with faith.
2. Ask for intelligence (Proverbs 2: 3-5)
You must ask the Lord to grant you intelligence, creative ideas, and understanding to do many things. He has much to give you. Do not allow the circumstances to pressure you and therefore limit your actions. If you ask the Lord for intelligence, you will be surprised by the ideas that He will bring to your mind, and by the grace that He will give you to put those ideas into action. Within you lies a great treasure. If you use this wisely, you will experience the blessing of God in your life.
3. Depend completely on God (Proverbs 3:5)
Solomon’s advice is to depend completely on God. As human beings, it is difficult to depend on someone who is invisible. God allowed me to understand that another way of seeing this is that the narrow path speaks of a life of faith, and the wide path is the life based on logic. A person who walks by logic has many options without having to develop faith. On the other hand, a person who walks by faith has only one option: to depend completely on God.
4. Be generous with God (Proverbs 3:9-10)
When you go to the Lord’s house have the bet offering ready, something that truly flows from your heart. Be generous in your giving to God. God always has much more to give us than what we can possibly give Him. If you have never done so, now is the time to begin. Test yourself by increasing your tithe and your offering. Believe that God will bless your life with abundance.
5. Guard your mind (Proverbs 4:23)
You cannot contemplate any thought that does not come from God. Do not allow the enemy to speak to you through his thoughts. Silence that voice; rid yourself of it in the name of Jesus. Your mind is sacred. Satan will always try to conquer it because he knows if he succeeds he will be able to dominate the rest of your being, don’t allow this.
6. Protect your marriage (Proverbs 5:18-19)
The word of God speaks of marriage as a fountain, which flows with crystalline waters. Let us not contaminate this water by sexual impurity. God made man with sexual impulses, but these should only be brought about within marriage. A sexual life within marriage is not a sin, rather a blessing. There are many blessings in marriage and for this reason you should protect it everyday. You build or destroy your home with attitudes but we can have the best home in the world if we are determined.