And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. (Luke 5:37 NKJV)
Since it is the first day of a new year and hearing a challenging, yet inspiring, message from Apostle Ron Carpenter, Senior Pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center, last night; I felt like I should address this issue of thinking just because it’s a new year that things are going to change in your life.
This is exactly what Jesus is talking about in the verse above. You can’t expect new things in your life if you’re not willing to change and do something new. It’s not about what God is going to do in 2012, but it’s about what are you going to do. Everywhere you read in the Bible before God moves, we must move. If we do this, then God will do that. When we perform the command, then God responds with the promise. Jesus makes it very clear in Matthew 18:18 that Heaven responds to earth, not the other way around. He says whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in Heaven and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in Heaven.
The diligence part is on you, the blessing part is on God. You can’t pray to God to fix your finances and get you out of debt if you’re not willing to get financial counseling, sit down with someone, and start a budget. You can’t pray for God to mend your relationship if you’re not willing to do all you can to help fix the problems. You can’t pray for God to give you a job if you’re not willing to make a resume, fill out applications, and go through the interview process. You can’t expect God to do any new things in your life in this new year if you’re not willing to change your old habits, your old lifestyle, and your old way of thinking.
The first thing everyone does to start the new year is make new year resolutions. At the end of the year though most of those resolutions never get accomplished. The reason is because vision without a vehicle is useless. James said it this way “Faith without works is dead” (See James 2:26). Mike Ditka, former NFL head coach of the Chicago Bears, said “Talent without dedication is a nightmare.” I challenge you to write 3 things down that you would like to see happen in 2012. Now that you have the vision written down, think about and find the vehicle that is going to carry you the distance in order to accomplish that vision. Now don’t pray about it and ask God to fix it, ask God to tell you what you need to do in order to accomplish your vision in 2012. Ask yourself have I done everything that I can do or can I do more? If you do your part, God will be faithful to do His.
Get after it! Get it done! The best is yet to come! God bless you in 2012!