8 Ways to Change in 2017

Yesterday, I challenged you to resolve to put God’s truth into action in 2017 with five action steps based on the truths found in Lies Young Women Believe. Here are eight more ways you can live out God’s truth in the year ahead.

  1. I will worry less this year.

God’s truth says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Ps. 56:3).

The Bible is full of promises that God can be trusted to provide for us. When you feel fearful or anxious about your circumstances, remind yourself that God has never let anyone down, and He is not going to start now!

  1. I will turn my problems over to God instead of trying to handle them on my own this year.

God’s truth says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Cor. 12:9–10).

You will not face a problem in 2017 that is too big for God to handle.

You will not face a problem in 2017 that is too big for God to handle.

  • When you are weak, He is strong.
  • When your tank is empty, His is full.
  • When you have no resources of your own left, His resources are still overflowing!

No matter what you will face this year, He can handle it!

  1. This year, I will believe God wants to forgive me.

God’s truth says, “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

God’s Word promises us that there is no sin too big for God to forgive. Resting in the forgiveness that God has already promised allows you to live in freedom.

  1. I will do what it takes to overcome a sinful habit this year.

God’s truth says, “We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin” (Rom. 6:6–7).

Every sinful pattern in your life can be overcome by the power of Christ living in you.

God’s truth is that every sinful pattern in your life can be overcome by the power of Christ living in you. That doesn’t mean that overcoming sin doesn’t often take work. You may need to confess your sin to a Christian adult or pastor, recruit an accountability partner, or remove a habit or relationship in order to put an end to a sinful habit in your life. But God’s Word promises that you can receive freedom.

  1. I will let go of the things in my past that are holding me back this year.

God’s truth says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).

You don’t have to carry the baggage of your past. Let past offenses and disappointments go, and live like a new creation!

  1. I will turn to God’s Word first when I need advice this year.

God’s truth says, “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple” (Ps. 19:7).

The Word of God is alive and powerful. You can depend on it to change your life, reveal His will for your life, and give you wise guidance. Instead of running to others first for advice this year, dig into God’s Word.

  1. I will embrace a God-sized challenge this year.

God’s truth says, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).

God has not commanded you to do anything that He will not give you the grace to do.

God has not commanded you to do anything that He will not give you the grace to do. That means, for example, that . . .

  • there is no one you cannot love (Matt. 5:44).
  • you can give thanks in all things (1 Thess. 5:18).
  • there is no one you cannot forgive (Mark 11:25).
  • you can be sexually pure (1 Thess. 4:3–4).
  • you can honor your parents and respond obediently to their authority, even when you disagree with them or they are imperfect (Eph. 6:1–3).
  1. I will accept responsibility for my actions this year.

God’s truth says, “The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself” (Ezek. 18:20).

You are responsible before God for your behavior, responses, and choices. You may not be able to control the things that happen to you this year, but you can control how you respond. Making the choice to stop blaming others for the negative patterns in your life and to assume personal responsibility for your own choices will free you to obey God regardless of your circumstances.

Which of these action steps will you add to your list of New Year’s resolutions? Leave us a comment and tell us about it. Then hop back on the blog tomorrow for eight more resolutions straight from God’s Word.

About Author

Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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