God’s 2020 Vision || guest post by Pastor Garrett Lowe

God’s vision for your life is for you to flourish! Psalm chapter 1 describes you as strong tree that has been planted by streams of water that supply continual nourishment for you to grow and produce fruit.

But this does not happen apart from God’s Word. In order to flourish, you need to have your roots firmly planted in Scripture. On Sunday, December 29th, I mentioned three practical suggestions to help you begin the new year with God’s Word.

I would recommend picking one, and then invite a friend or family member to join you for encouragement and accountability.

#1 Seek the Wisdom of God

Commit to The Proverb a Day Challenge! Proverbs is a book full of God’s wisdom. There are 31 chapters and there are 31 days in the month of January. Just read one chapter a day! It should only take you 3-5 minutes.

Action Step:

After you read through the chapter, identify one verse that stands out to you and then take action in one of three ways:

  • Write it down in a journal
  • Text it to a friend
  • Share it on social media -we’ve created a Instagram and Facebook story wallpaper for you to download and write the verse in each day. Snag it here!

#2 Strengthen your Faith in God

Commit to the 21 Days with John Challenge! Read one chapter from the book of John every day for 21 days. Or break it up throughout the month of January.

Action Step:

Read the book of John with a highlighter or pen and whenever you see the words believe, belief, or faith, highlight, circle, or underline it.

This exercise will make your reading much more engaging and you will find some amazing verses jump off the page!

#3 Hide the Word of God

Commit to the Memorize a Verse a Month Challenge! The Psalmist writes in Chapter 119:11. “I have hidden your Word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

David also writes in Psalm 1 that he meditates on God’s word day and night. This tells us that David had God’s word in his heart and mind and was continually thinking about God’s Word.

Make 2020 the year that you start hiding God’s Word in your heart and watch how God grows you.

Action Step:

Pick one verse to memorize every month. Just one. Do this with a friend to create some accountability.

Below are 12 verses that I have memorized over the years that have shaped my life in some significant ways.

#1 Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

#2 James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

#3 John 5:24

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.

#4 Romans 8:1

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.

#5 Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

#6 Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

#7 Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

#8 Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

#9 Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your moths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

#10 Galatians 6:7-8

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.

The one who sows to please the sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

#11 Hebrews 12:1

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

#12 II Peter 1:3

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

When you’re done with one of these challenges, you can do another one for February. I hope these simple exercises help you flourish in 2020!

Blessings,

Pastor Garrett