At the end of every year I ask God what He wants me to do differently, beginning January 1.
Several years ago He impressed on me to become more intentional and more sacrificial in my relationship with Him first and then in life in general.
The first thing He showed me to do was become more serious about fasting, not for health but for spiritual discernment. So every January now, I go on a long fast. So far they’ve lasted 21 days but I’m thinking about stretching it this January (2015) to maybe 25 or 30. Still praying over that one. I won’t go into detail at this point but I will say that I have seen amazing things happen as a result.
So what is God asking of me in 2015? I sensed He wanted me to do something sacrificial that would impact me in a BIG way. It didn’t take long once I began praying over it for me to see what it was. Ouch! This one is going to hurt. Since I’ve seen such benefits from the long fast, I look forward to it. But this new challenge … gulp.
I don’t feel free to share the specifics yet but here’s why I mention it at all …
God always wants more for us. He always wants to take us deeper and higher.
You may be setting new goals such as working out more, eating healthier, organizing your office or home, and keeping your car clean. All good things, so go for it. However, everyone needs to do that. Those things don’t stretch us any differently than they stretch the person next door. I’m not saying they aren’t important, or hard, or issues of obedience. But they are basic life disciplines that every person needs.
Don’t stop there! Ask God what HE wants to do in, through, and for you. Tell Him you’re serious about this. You’re serious about wanting what He wants. You don’t want the status quo – you want BIG and you’re willing to do what it takes.
If you want a relationship with God that explodes your life, tell Him that and see what He says about your 2015.