Welcome to the How to Forget the Troubles, Problems, and Failures of the Past and Make the New Year the Best Year of Your Life podcast episode #13. My name is Daniel Whyte III the author of the book with the same title.
We are living in “times that try men’s souls.” These are truly difficult days for many people around the world. This podcast is to encourage you to forget the troubles, problems, and even failures of the past and to truly have the best year of your life. If you do what I am encouraging you to do in this little book, by the grace of God, and with His blessings on your life, you will have a great year. How do I know? Because every year over the past 10 years of my life have consistently gotten better and better because I am following the simple principles contained in this podcast. So shake the previous year off of you, and get ready for the best year of your life!
Zephaniah 3:17 says, “The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.”
Our New Years quote for today is from Warren Wiersbe who said, “Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory.”
8. Listen to positive CDs, audio-books, lectures, sermons, etc., as you travel in your car or as you exercise.
Someone once said: “A good CD a day will keep depression away.” There is some truth in that statement. Your drive time can be a “university” on wheels. Good audio CDs play a role in replacing negative memories. Always keep your mind occupied with positive things. Here is what a college professor said about the benefits of listening to audio-books while driving: “One of the benefits of listening to these audio books is that you can fit it into your schedule without having to place too much emphasis on changing your lifestyle. Audio books can be listened to while driving your car or on your Mp3 or CD player while riding the bus or subway. They are especially useful when traveling by train or airplane. You may even discover that listening to audio books can become addictive and may find yourself listening to them as you prepare for work, school or whatever you do in the morning. What may be the ultimate shock is one day you may start to listen to these books as a means for entertainment in general, instead of watching TV, or listening to the radio.”
9. “Pray without ceasing.”
The devil, the flesh, the world and other people will remind you how sorry you are, but “just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.” Prayer alone is probably the most powerful weapon against negative memories because prayer helps to keep our mind focused on God, and when we keep our mind on God, He will “keep us in perfect peace.” Throughout each day, pray to the Lord. He’s available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. To get started, begin as Daniel in the Bible did and pray morning, noon, and night. As you will notice, it may take a while for you to get going in prayer, but once you get going, something begins to take place, something begins to happen within your heart and soul, and you begin to feel compelled to keep on praying. The more you pray, the more you will want to pray, and you will find that throughout the day, the Holy Spirit will prompt you to pray. Through prayer, God will open up doors for you. Through prayer, God will give you the victory over your sins of the past. Through prayer, God will show you how not to repeat your failures of the past. Pray in faith, expecting God to do great things for you in the New Year.
Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”