In the year ahead

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5

Be like Enoch – Walk with God (cf. Genesis 5:22-24).

Be like Abraham – Trust implicitly in the Lord (cf. Genesis 15:6; Hebrews 11:8-12).

Be like Moses – Faithfully serve in God’s house (cf. Hebrews 3:5).

Be like Aaron and Hur – Support and pray for the leaders (cf. Exodus 17:12).

Be like Caleb – Have a different spirit and follow the Lord wholeheartedly. Refuse to be discouraged by superior odds (cf. Numbers 14:9,24).

Be like Joshua – Don’t let the Word of God “depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it” Joshua 1:8.

Be like Gideon – Do what the Lord tells you to do and advance even when you’re outnumbered (cf. Judges 6:27; 7:1ff).

Be like Jehoshaphat – Pray and praise the Lord despite the circumstances

(cf. 2 Chronicles 20:3,22,27-28).

Be like Job – Be blameless and upright. Fear God and shun evil (cf. Job 1:8).

Be like David – Look up and recognize that your “help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” Psalm 121:2.

Be like Daniel – Continue with God through thick and thin (cf. Daniel 6:1ff).

Be like Andrew – Make it your priority to lead your family to Christ (cf. John 1:41).

Be like Stephen – Express a forgiving spirit toward those who hurt you (cf. Acts 7:60).

Be like Paul – Forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead. Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus (cf. Philippians 3:13-14).

Then, above all, be like Jesus – Humble yourself, be like-minded, have the same love, do nothing out of selfish ambition, consider others better than yourself, and take the very nature of a servant (cf. John 13:1-17; Philippians 2:1-8).

Realizing you cannot hope to achieve any of these objectives in your own strength, be sure to rely on the power of God for you can only “do everything through him who gives (you) strength” Philippians 4:13.

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