Here's a great article fromChristine Caine that I have taken and amended with permission from http://www.propelwomen.org/content/ten-things-to-drop-for-2017/gjeb67
I hope your new year is off to a great start!
I know the month is moving quickly, but I want to encourage you about how to make 2017 your best year ever. I don’t know what your 2016 was like, but mine was like the best of times and the worst of times—just like life often is.
I have had so many opportunities to see people saved, healed and delivered. I have experienced amazing breakthroughs in ministry with various gigs around the country but especially more recently at the New Wine Festivals in Warkworth and Kapiti Coast.
And yet, in the midst of these highs, like any family, we dealt with unexpected events, like the passing of Cynthia Dawson, Mary Jane Henry becoming very unwell and my sister who has been battling various medical issues in hospital for the last 4 months.
Just like you, we always put our trust in God, no matter what is happening. I know that not one day, not one moment did I go without the power, presence, love and grace of Jesus with me—and He’s with you.
In every storm and heartache, He carried me, especially when I couldn’t carry myself—and He does the same for you.
God loves you. God is good, God does good, and God is always working all things for our good—even through all the unexpected events (Romans 8:28). He doesn’t cause bad things to happen, but He’s always there leading us, working in the midst of them for our good. He always has a plan, purpose and destiny for our lives regardless of what we see going on (Jeremiah 29:11).
As I’ve prayed for you, I believe for 2017 to be a year full of hope and expectation in which the leading of the Lord in your life will be incredible. He is challenging me to be courageous and step into new things which mean He wants me to drop what I don’t need to be doing, so I can pick up what He wants me to be doing. He wants this for you too.
Here are 8 things I am working on to make 2017 a great year and me a great person to myself and others.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 1 Corinthians 15: 10 (NIV)
1. Stop doing things that aren’t working so you can start doing some things that are working.
I know this sounds so basic, but it’s amazing how long we will continue to do the same old thing expecting a different result—and it’s not going to happen. Just because you’ve always done it that way doesn’t mean that’s the way you need to continue doing it. Maybe it’s something you’ve connected to—like the pain from abuse—and it’s time to put it down and let it go. Maybe it’s how you’re balancing your family life or how you’re running your office. It may even be a relationship that is not good for you. It hasn’t been easy but I have evaluated the way I am running Forerunners ministry and have come to the conclusion that I am bored. I have decided to change the meetings. Try new ways. At the Warkworth New Wine Festival a prophetic word was given to me whilst receiving prayer – “Take off Saul’s armour and be yourself!” – Drop what’s not working, Try something new and build on what is working.
2. Stop trying to please everybody.
The truth is you are never going to please everybody—not even some of the time. So set yourself free. I am a recovering people pleaser and the challenge is always present when ministering prophetically. I have tried to please everyone and only ended up tired and resentful. I certainly don’t want to offend or hurt people, ever. I love people, but I can’t please everybody—and neither can you. Drop it and let it go. It’s too tiring anyway.
3. Stop waiting for a breakthrough - you break and go through!
We have the Holy Spirit who guides, enables, strengthens and encourages us for every good work. We are fully loaded with gifts of the Holy Spirit. We have enough Holy Ghost artillery to see every blind eye opened, every broken heart restored and every captive set free.
It's time to break our thinking, with the truth of the Word of God - and go through into all that we have been created to have and become.
For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
Romans 8: 19
4. Stop procrastinating, and start doing what you need to do.
Just because you’ve decided to do something doesn’t mean you’ve done it. Too many of us make New Year’s resolutions and a year later haven’t accomplished any of them. Don’t put off what you can do today for tomorrow. Don’t say, “I’ll go to the gym tomorrow. I’ll eat healthy tomorrow. I’ll start reading my Bible tomorrow. I’ll start being nice tomorrow.” It’s not good when that becomes the story of our lives.
No more putting it off until tomorrow. Whatever it is you need to do—apologise to someone, get a relationship right, address inner issues in your heart—stop procrastinating. Let’s do it today.
5. Stop blaming everything and everyone else for where you are in life, and start making what Jesus did for you bigger than what anyone has ever done to you.
Maybe you’ve had a past like mine where there’s been pain and abuse. It wasn’t our fault. We didn’t ask for it. But we can’t live our lives as victims. I’ve made what Jesus did for me bigger than what anyone did to me. I’ve made what Jesus said to me bigger than what anyone else has said to me.
This is your year to drop the baggage.
6. Stop being so hard on yourself, and start loving yourself.
Jesus took all the commandments and summarised them into the two most important points: Love your neighbour and love yourself. When you don’t like yourself, you tend to not like others. When you’re hard on yourself, you tend to be hard on others.
So give yourself forgiveness, grace, mercy, genuine love and kindness. Start with discovering and loving who you are in Christ. Learn to truly love yourself so you can genuinely love others.
7. Stop doubting and start believing for the best.
Perhaps from your perspective—and certainly from so many who’ve posted on social media—you think everything that happened in 2016 was a mess—from the political process in the U.S. to the social unrest to the tragedies around the world. Maybe these have stirred up insecurities in you, anxiety, fear and doubt. Consider this instead: Two thousand years ago, God said he would build his church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it (Matthew 16:18).
Well, I’ve read the end of the book and we win. So, even if all the economies of the world are in flux, let’s keep moving forward sharing the love and grace and mercy and goodness of God with everyone we encounter.
8. Stop listening to the world, let’s stay focused on the Word (truth):
· The government rests on Jesus’ shoulders (Isaiah 9:6).
· All things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26).
· He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
· Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, and no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him (1 Corinthians 2:9).
· We are on top and not on the bottom (Deuteronomy 28:13).
· We are people of God, people of prayer, people of faith.
So let’s stop doubting and start believing for the best. We’re entering 2017 on the winning side!