January 6, 13, 20, 27
Few things get in the way of spiritual, emotional, and physical health like trying to do life our way instead of God’s way. Whether it’s physical (diet/exercise/sleep), financial (giving, saving, living), emotional (conflict resolution and forgiveness), or spiritual (a faith in God that is full of grace and truth), there are great blessings in walking God’s path and great dangers in straying from it. While God never equates obedience with health and wealth, he does promise to bless us as we seek his kingdom first. This series leverages the new year to rethink the way we do life and align it with our Father’s will.
January 6 - Spiritual
Most people don’t equate repentance with the words “fresh” or “liberating.” Crying “God, have mercy on me, a sinner!” seems like a miserable way to start the year. But not according to Jesus. Jesus said that those who humbly confess their need of God’s grace (instead of self-righteously comparing themselves to others) would be justified and exalted in the eyes of God. Perhaps, then, repentance is the most liberating way to live!
January 13 - Physical
“I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” Billions of Christians have confessed these famous words, admitting that God is the creator and we are part of his creation. Yet many Christians forget this truth when it comes to their own bodies, ignoring the Creator’s guidelines as they overwork, overeat, and underestimate the necessity of rest. This message takes us back to the beginning, to physical life as God intended, and reminds us of the Father who gave us life and wants only what is best for his kids. In addition, it reminds us of the “image of God” that we have through Jesus, a spiritual reality that gives even our bodies peace and rest.
January 20 - Financial
Money is a good gift and a terrible god. When accumulating more and more becomes the center of our universe, we end up, according to Jesus, with darkness, worry, and eventual loss. But when we seek God first, satisfying our hearts with the presence ad promises of God, money finds it rightful place in our lives. Our loving Father can become our true treasure, freeing us from serving money and allowing us to use it wisely.
January 27 - Emotional
Few things shape us like what we think about our thoughts. Our thoughts might be true or false, healthy or destructive, demonic or Holy Spiritual, which means we need to think carefully about our thoughts! Paul made the same point to his friends in Corinth, urging them to take their thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ. By that same practice, we put our frantic minds at ease and fix our thoughts on Jesus.