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Today and every day, God has set up a plan for your success. He says in His Word that His plans are for your good—to prosper you, not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future. As we enter into this new year, we can't just ask, "God, what are You going to do for me?" Instead, we should approach life with the attitude that says, "God, what are we going to do together?"

Yes, God is always at work in our lives, but we have a role to play in determining our destiny. Just like Adam and Eve in the garden, we have a choice to make. God has set the opportunities before us, but we have to choose His ways. We have to choose to obey His Word in every area of our lives. Scripture calls this "working out" our salvation. He works in our lives, and we work with Him to let what He has deposited in us to come out of us. He sets up the plan, but we have to walk it out. He gives us the tools, but we have to use them.

The good news is that He isn't going to just hand us the plan and walk away to let us figure it out on our own. No, He's walking with us every step of the way and empowering us by His love. Scripture says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. This tells me that following His plan is easier and less of a burden than trying to figure everything out on my own! You don't have to worry about how the whole year is going to unfold, you don't even have to worry about how this week is going to unfold; you just have to obey His Word and keep moving forward with a song of praise on your lips in peace, joy and love.

Maybe you're facing some difficulties or obstacles in your life right now. Maybe this year doesn't feel like a new beginning just yet. Instead of saying, "Lord, why am I in this situation?" say, "Lord, how can I bring You glory in this situation?" When we begin to change our focus and get our eyes off of ourselves and onto to Him, that's when we'll begin to see the solutions. That's when we'll begin to see breakthroughs. That's how we work out what He is working in us by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith!

Today, remember, God is a good God, and He is at work in your life. Trust Him because He is faithful. His plans are always for your good. His plans are always to prosper you. He delights in seeing you grow and succeed. Make the decision to cooperate with God in your heart. Set aside the wrong questions, set aside complaining, set aside negative thinking and pick up His peace and joy and move forward with Him in victory and blessing every day of this New Year!

"This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him…" (Deuteronomy 30:19-20, NIV).


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