Are You Ready for Something New? – This Year

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I can honestly say 2020 has been the worst, best year. This year, I realized God gave me what I wanted, but not how I wanted it to be. I say this because it made me realize the truths about God—that what he says about me is true. I have been tempted to quit many times and blame God for all the injustice; instead, I kept going and stayed focused on Jesus.

My worst, best year looked like this:

  • Traveling right before quarantine, returning home, and being forced to go nowhere. It was especially depressing being stuck in my house for months after a fun adventure.
  • Stepping into a double major at college but at the mercy of online lectures and missing out on the typical college experience.
  • Thinking I could earn some extra money working as a nail technician during the school year.

But God had different plans. As 2020 comes to a close, think about the worst, best things that you experienced.

For many of you, it is a year that you can’t wait to put behind you. Maybe you’re stuck in a bad situation—financially, relationally, or situationally, and you’re not sure what your next step should be.

For others, perhaps 2020 was GOOD. But with all the uncertainty, you’re not comfortable celebrating your achievements.

Regardless of where you are, you have a chance to start new. Lead Pastor Ben Snyder encouraged us to focus on the truths about God and what he says is true about us.

I think I would have missed those truths if I hadn’t been steadfast and kept my eyes focused on Jesus through all the unexpected situations that unfolded. There can be truth and revelation in the unexpected. When you remain focused on Jesus, he will do something new in you, especially in the midst of the unexpected.

Are you ready for something new? Do you believe that God can do something new in you? As it says in Luke 1:37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

God can do something new in you when you keep your eyes focused on Jesus. This weekend, Ben pointed out that we follow where we focus. I know this sounds cliche, but when we take our eyes off Jesus, we lose sight of our destination and get lost on the journey.

Over the next few days, we will focus on what is true about God and what he says is true about us.

Questions:
What has 2020 looked like for you? Where was your focus in unexpected moments?

What did you learn about God’s truth this year? What does God say is true about you? Do you believe and accept it?

Next Steps:
Take time to journal and reflect about what 2020 looked like for you.

Pray about what something new might look like in your life.

Step into joining a group or take GrowthTrack to engage in ways you can focus on Jesus.

Prayer:
Jesus, 2020 will be a year to remember. A year of ups and downs. There have been times that I have struggled to keep my focus on you. I have been reminded that we follow where we focus. If there are any distractions that are keeping me from focusing on you I pray they would fall away. Thanks for being the God of the impossible in a time of uncertainty. I know that despite the challenges, I can realize the truth about you and what you say is true about me. Your promises are certain when everything else feels like it is not. I pray I will receive your promises today. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Rebecca Roberts, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.


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  1. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    The hardest part of this year has been watching someone I love suffering and being powerless to help. I pray and I pray, and my faith is challenged and strengthened. I know in my heart that God’s got this, even when my eyes can’t see. I’m ready for a miracle.

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