HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR – PROGRAMMING YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER PART I: FINISH THE YEAR BEFORE YOU START IT By Pastor Tayo Adeyemi [Late] DATE: 16 December 2001 SPEA…
HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR – PROGRAMMING YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER PART I: FINISH THE YEAR BEFORE YOU START IT By Pastor Tayo Adeyemi [Late]
DATE: 16 December 2001
SPEAKER: Pastor Tayo Adeyemi
TITLE: HOW TO HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR – PROGRAMMING YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER PART I: FINISH THE YEAR BEFORE YOU START IT
TEXT: JEREMIAH 29:11
This is a very important verse. Get hold of this verse in as many translations and versions as you can possibly can and pray it into your life regularly. Before we start let us define a few words.
“HAPPY NEW YEAR”
“Happy” in the New Testament is the Greek word “MAKARIOS”, which means to be blessed or enlarged; E.g. as in Matthew 5:3-11. Also in John 13:17 “If ye know these things happy are ye if ye do them” (KJV)
Success here does not speak of what you park in your driveway or garage, or what you put in your closet or what you have in your bank account.
To be successful is…
a.To live out your purpose in life
b.To be all you can be and
c.To do all you can do.
Another definition of success is “Measurable progress in a reasonable amount of time”
In Isaiah 46:9,10 , God declares the end from the beginning. He concludes things that are not yet done from ancient times.
We humans understand the wisdom in finishing things before we start them. When should we start building a house? As soon as we have finished it.
In Luke 14: 28-30, Jesus spoke of the man who started a project without first finishing it; and became an object of ridicule. “This man began to build and was not able to finish”. If you don’t finish something before you start it, you are not likely to finish it after you start. You may end it, but you won’t finish it. To end something is not the same as to finish it.
Everything around us was finished in the mind of its creator before it was started. The houses we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear, the furniture and appliances we use at home and at work etc. By the same token, a successful year is a year that you finish before you start.
Is it possible to finish a year before I start it, especially considering that it is in the future and I am here in the present? Yes it is! To start with, your year has already been finished somewhere – in the mind of God. Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 46:10.
Make no mistake about it. God has already made up His mind what everyday will be for you in 2002. Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:15,16. When you are able to take hold of what is in the mind of God and translate it into your own mind, it becomes easy to finish your year before you start it.
God has an idea how your life is supposed to go. Psalm 37:23; 40:2 There is a pathway that God has ordained for you to walk in, in 2002.
You now have a responsibility to locate that pathway. Long before Joseph rose to prominence in Egypt, God had already shown him what he had concluded in his mind. It was so real, Joseph could virtually reach out and touch it – yet it took him 13 years to accomplish.
Now, after God showed him the end, Joseph now had to begin the journey. And soon, he discovered that it was not a very easy journey. God kept quiet about that part. But something sustained him – we call it faith.
What is faith?
Hebrews 11:1 – “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Your future will be as tangible to you to the degree of the measure of your faith. When challenges come, it is the “substance” and “evidence” that keep you going.
Hebrews 12:1,2 – “The race that is set before us” is what God has written in His book concerning our lives. Our faith must be authored or ignited or originated or awakened… But it must also be finished or perfected.
There is something called finished faith or concluded faith. This is the faith that takes hold of the end of a matter before it even starts. Finished faith is finishing faith. Finished faith is not what you get at the end of your life, it should be what gives you the impetus to start. My faith is finished, so I can start. Romans 10:17.
Faith comes by hearing i.e. by picking up a signal or a rumour, what rumour? Romans 10:16 – “Who has believed our report?” This report is the picture of your future, which God gives to you.
Your faith is awakened by the report and the report is brought to life by the word of God (Rhema). When your faith is awakened, that’s when it is authored. But then it must be finished! Your faith is finished when you use the joy that is set before you.
In some way, everybody has an idea what their future will be. For some it is hazy, for others it is very clear. For some it is subliminal or even subconscious but it is there. It is our understanding of what the future will be that drives us to do what we do.
Whether we are aware of it or not, our thoughts, choices and actions are working in harmony to bring into existence what we have mentally concluded the future to be.
Your decisions and actions today are creating the future as you see it! The tragedy is that most people do not see the future clearly and they do not see it as God sees it. Joseph saw his future as God saw it and he knew that a one-night stand with Potiphar’s wife would not get him there.
You can design a whole new future for yourself that is completely different from your past or your present. When you get hold of the future that is in the mind of God, you can translate it into energy today.
YOU CAN BORROW INSPIRATION FROM THE FUTURE ANDTRANSLATE IT INTO ENERGY TODAY.
” WHERE THERE IS NO HOPE IN THE FUTURE, THERE IS NO POWER IN THE PRESENT” – John Maxwell
You can finish next year before you start it. You can finish a day, week or month before you start it. How do I know? You have done it before!
Have you ever prepared for an “important day”? A job interview, a presentation at work, an examination, a celebration or party?
How did you prepare? You anticipated what would happen and you tried to get ready for it. Now you didn’t always get it 100% right – but you were better off than you would have been had you not prepared.
HOW DO YOU FINISH A YEAR BEFORE YOU START IT?1.Establish your Goals
Your goals are not just a “to do” list. Your goals are about results – your goals are not complete unless you can answer the questions “why?” and “how?”
2.Commit yourself to paper
Don’t trust yourself with anything you have not written down. Habakkuk 2:2.3
3.Periodically reflect on your goals and review them
Take time at the end of every day, week, month and year to reflect on how it all went.
4.Apply yourself to achieving your Goals
Go to work on the goals, go to work on yourself. You cannot approach the future casually- no more than a footballer can approach the goal casually, or a basketball player the net.
There are forces that are determined to stop you. You must resist them. You must press.
Philippians 3:14 “I press towards the goal…”
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SPEAKER: Pastor Tayo Adeyemi:How To Have A Happy New Year – Programming Yourself For Success From January To December – Part II: Happy New Year Means Happy New YOU!
ARTICLES ON SUCCESS
DATE: 23 December 2001
SPEAKER: Pastor Tayo Adeyemi
TITLE: How to have a happy new year – Programming yourself for success from January to December.
Part II: Happy new year means happy new you
TEXT: JEREMIAH 29:11
Four keys to finishing your year before you start it
1.Establish your goals.
2.Commit yourself on paper.
3.Periodically, review on paper.
4.Apply yourself to achieving them.
2 Corinthians 3:18. On a universal scale, 2002 is not going to be different from 2001. If you had the opportunity to scan the world and make a global assessment of this year, you will find that is was not really different from last year.
Yes we had a tragedy that assumed global dimensions – but then, in reality, we have always had tragedies like that. Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, Liberia, Sierra-Leone are all the same sad story of human tragedy with different expressions.
In Matthew 24:3-8, Jesus already told us to expect those things in the last days. The point here is there is no such thing as a good year or a bad year. Every year is impregnated with both good and evil.
In 2002, there will be summer and winter, there will be cold and heat, there will be seedtime and harvest. It will get light and it will get dark. Genesis 8:22 “If this year is going to be exactly as last year, then how will things change for you?” The only way things are going to change is when you change. If you want to have a better year, you must become a better person.
The winds of life will blow on all of us. Winds of adversity, winds of disappointment, winds of failure, winds of tragedy, winds of prosperity, winds of opportunity, winds of success and winds of favour. What we become is ultimately not the result of the winds that blow, but of how we have chosen to set our sail.
Everybody in life experiences adversity and setbacks. Adversity is no respecter of persons. The rich and the poor suffer tragedies. The righteous and the unrighteous face challenges. So ultimately, it is not what happens that determines how our lives turn out, it is who we are and how we handle what happens.
Next Year is not going to be a better year because some exceptional favour or opportunity will come your way. It will be a better a year because you become a better person. “Happy New Year” means Happy New You”
Your biggest assignment and ambition in 2002 should be “I am going to become a better person”. Now for each of us, that will mean a different thing; and there will be a different way to achieve it.
Scripture and history testify to the fact that some people break through and become successful in the time of global recession. In Genesis 26:1,2,12-14, Isaac became prosperous in a land of famine. How was this possible? Because Isaac became a better person, the year was a great year for him, even though it was a terrible year for most people.
The only way to improve the quality of your life is to improve yourself. The only thing you truly have the ability to improve is yourself. And when you improve, suddenly everything gets better. So make up your mind that you will go to work on yourself.
Start from the inside, then work your way outwards.When people see you in June 2002, let them exclaim “Wow! You have changed”. Let that be more than just your physical appearance.
Three Steps to a “Happy New You”
1. Change Your ThinkingYou will never rise beyond your thinking. Proverb 23:7. Today you are the product of your thinking from yesterday. Your choices, your pursuits, the things that you allow or disallow in your life, what you consider to be important or valuable, how you respond to crises, how you handle opportunity is all based on your thinking.
Take time over the next few days and review the conclusions you have drawn about life. Why do you believe what you believe? Is your thinking based on your childhood, your experiences in life or the word of God? It is amazing how even believers have built a personal philosophy that is not based on scripture.
One research showed that Christians and Non-Christians do not differ significantly in their choices and decisions. Romans 12:2. Constantly challenge your thinking on every matter and check whether it lives up to the scripture.
2. Increase your valueA lot of people measure success in terms of how many valuables they are able to acquire. Success should be measured, not by how much valuables you acquire, but how much value you acquire. Remember, the key to having more is to become more. Ecclesiastes 10:10 – The most prolific way to increase your value is to increase your knowledge.
Proverbs 24:5,Hosea 4:6. They lacked knowledge because they rejected it. All the information you require to reach your maximum potential in life has already been recorded. Now, it’s up to you to go and find it. Others have captured all of the insights that you will ever need to become a better person.
The greatest moments in human history, the richest experiences of human existence, the most sublime success, and the most colossal failures – all have been freeze-framed in the pages of a book.
Answer these few questions truthfully:
•Do you have a bookshelf?
•Have you read a book in the past 3 months?
•Do you have access to the Internet or are you at most 1 hour away from the Internet?
If you have answered NO, to any of those questions you cannot be serious about increasing your value. Real education begins when you graduate from college. The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.
The question is not “how much will it cost to buy a book?” – The question is “how much will it cost not to buy it?” If you think the price of buying a book is too high, wait till you have to pay the price for not buying it. Wait till you receive the bill for continued and prolonged ignorance.
Every 18 months information doubles in the earth. You should aim to increase your knowledge by at least 50% in that period of time.
What kind of books should you read?
“You will be exactly the same person you are today in five years time – Except for two things: The people you meet and the books you read” – Charles “Tremendous” Jones
The greatest person to meet is Jesus, the greatest book to read is the Bible. Your pay cheque is not your employer’s responsibility – It is yours. Your employer has no control over your value, you do. Don’t forget that money is only a reward for solving problems. Money is a means of exchange and a measure of value.
3. Stick with the programmeMost of us know the right thing to do, we just don’t do it long enough. Galatians 6:9 The reason why people are not consistent with personal development is that they try to change too many things. Don’t forget you are dealing with your flesh – and your flesh abhors change.
Make it one step at a time. Master one or two areas of change first before stepping into another. Remember, change does not come easy. Even if it seems that the desired results are not coming immediately – stick with the programme. Be consistent. We need to disabuse our minds of the myth of instant change.
NEXT YEAR CAN BE YOUR BEST YEAR YET. IF YOU DETERMINE TO BE THE BEST YOU HAVE EVER BEEN!
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