A new year of life is here for you. It’s a year unlike any other. A year you have never lived before. It’s overflowing with potential and possibilities aligned by a good, good Father, all for his girl!
If you could just get a glimpse of all God has signed off on for you in 2023, I promise you wouldn’t have slept last night. If you could peak into the storehouses of Heaven and see all that has your name on it, you wouldn’t have had an ounce of hesitation when your alarm rang this morning. Nothing could have held you back. Nothing could make you sit this one out.
Oh, Sis, if you could only see what this year can be for you. Impossible things are being made possible. Unreachable things have been declared within reach. Mountains are on standby for their miraculous move. Paths being paved to destinations you never imagined you could journey.
All of this is for you when you accept the invitation from God to partner with him and not settle for less along the way. All of this becomes your reality when you commit to him fully and refuse to quit on the life that’s truly possible for you.
On New Year’s Eve I hosted a Goal Setting Broadcast which thousands of people have watched already. I believe in the power of goals because my life has been personally transformed by goals over the past 13 years. I know the strength you can tap into when you have a commitment in working toward something that brings your soul to life again. I know there’s nothing too far gone, and no one so hopelessly stuck they can’t be rescued, renewed and restored to who they were created to be.
If I had 5 minutes face to face with you, oh how I would want to lay my hands on your shoulders and look you straight in your eyes and tell you those dreams you have hidden within are worth pursuing. How I would want to tell you there’s greater power within you than you can possibly imagine. How I would want to assure you God is for you and absolutely nothing can be against you. And oh how I would want to encourage you to go for the things that stir your spirit and make your heart beat fast! And I would say, show me your goals because I want to co-sign them!
You know why … because my world needs more people who are doing the things that make them fully alive. And honey, that’s what your world needs too!
So, do you have goals for 2023 that make you come alive? Do you have something worth working for that will make you become more like the girl you were created to be? Something that will peel back the layers of excuses and delays, and spur you on to start living fully TODAY.
Paul writes about goals in Philippians 3: 12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
This is a popular scripture for the beginning of a new year. We can’t go back and change 2022. We can’t change the things we started but gave up on that now create regret. We can’t undo our backwards steps, or redo our sideways steps. It’s wasted energy dwelling on where you could be today if you would have stuck with it last year. Get out of the screw up and beat up game, Sis. This is not serving you. Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize God has called you to!
YES! 2023 is officially here and the invitation to live better than you have ever lived has been offered. Press on and get it, girl!
But this morning, there’s one part of this popular scripture that really grabbed me. Paul says “I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
Go get what Jesus got you for.
What did Jesus get you for?
Jesus tells us clearly what he got you for. John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Jesus came and got you for a full life. An abundant life. A satisfying life. An overflowing life.
Not a little life. Not an unimpressive, boring, status quo life. Not a safe life. Not a comfortable, familiar, predictable life lacking excitement or thrill. No, a FULL life.
Because this is what Jesus came to get for you, you go get it! Girl, go get that full life. Get that abundant life. Get that satisfying life. I press on to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me.
The MSG translation describes this full life as “more and better life than you ever dreamed of.”
Think about that for a minute. More and better life is what Jesus came to this Earth and not only got for you, but it’s what he got YOU for. It was for the purposes of you living a life better than you could have ever dreamed of. Now, don’t you dare give up on that life!
You have not arrived to the fullness of life Jesus came to give you. There’s still so much more. Press on, girlfriend. Keep going. Look forward and move on.
If you haven’t written goals that stir your spirit and spark excitement for what lies ahead in this year, then let’s go back and try again. Where is the fullness of your life? What is pulling you forward that brings you to life?
There’s more possibility and better opportunities aligned for you in this year than you could ever dream of. It’s what Jesus got you for. Now, you go get it! It’s there for you. Available to you. Designed specifically for you. No one can take it from you, it’s yours!
“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”
I’m going for that full, abundant, overflowing life, because that’s what Jesus came to give me! He took hold of me so I can take hold of life to the full!