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Key to a Successful New Year

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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December 31, 2020 7:00 am

Key to a Successful New Year

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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December 31, 2020 7:00 am

As we close the book on 2020, remember... it's not too late to rewrite your future. Join Dr. Tony Evans as he shows us how God can reshape the rest of your story and hands you the keys to a successful new year.

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Tony Evans, PhD

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Dr. Tony Evans is our future is partially determined by how tightly we hold onto the past comes a time vigil holding onto regrets that you have not changed. This is the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative exercise more, lose weight, get organized. There are plenty of resolutions we can make for 2021 but today Dr. Evans shares for essential biblical concepts that can ensure a positive future. Let's join I want to give you the key to a successful Joshua chapter 1 I watched you to see a word in the end of verse seven and the end of verse eight of Joshua one. The last phrase of Joshua 17 so that you may have success wherever you go.

Verse eight says, for then you will make your way prosperous, and being you will have success. So God uses the word success to talk to Joshua so obviously success is not a bad word because God uses it twice in the first three verses of the first chapter. The problem is not with the word success is one of God's words. The problem is the definition of the word success in our world today. Success is measured by prosperity. The more money you have, the more successful you are believed to be by your position. If you get to a certain height level in your occupation, it's easy to be viewed as successful by prominence you reach a level of notoriety than people will view you as having achieved a level of success will power. If you gain clout if you gain up position, then you will be viewed as successful but many of us know Richard failures many of us know primitive failures. We know powerful failures, we know positional failures. In other words, we know that those terms don't necessarily equal success, but sex is not a bad word, since God uses it and carriages Joshua to pursue it.

What then is success in the biblical worldview and in the kingdom economy success in the Bible is defined as fulfilling your divinely ordained reason for me success is fulfilling your divinely ordained reason for being the ingredients of success is when you have gotten to a point that you are normatively regularly fulfilling the will of God in such a way that God is glorified that people are benefited and that his kingdom is expanded, no matter how much money you make position you will achieve up prominence or acclaim you have. If you're not doing the will of God in God's name is not being promoted and advertised if other people are not benefiting any of God's kingdom is not expanded. You are a failure. So the issue is not the problem with the word success. The issue is with the wrong definition that we use to pursue it. The world is wanting to give you a different definition than God's definition and allows that definition to make you a failure while they give you the impression you're on your way to success.

But if you will be open for the next two for keys that will unlock the door to your throat success. As you advance in the world in which God has placed you as you pursue his will for his glory for the benefit of others, which includes you, as well as for the expansion of his kingdom. I can guarantee you will be successful as God guarantees to Joshua he will be successful kingdom. The one big successful using God's definition leave yesterday behind, notice what it says in chapter 1 verse two Moses my servant is dead now therefore arise, and false. The Jordan Moses is dead. You get up and get going. Just a short time you get to say goodbye to this year, you get to leave this year by don't carry this year in the next year. Let it die. Moses my servant is dead.

It's all you get up and you get no this past year was filled with good phase bad things disappointing thing celebrating things a variety of things, good, bad and ugly, but when you're crossover you got to say goodbye because God wants to take you to something new. He doesn't want you to live on something old. Many of us will not be successful because we're living in yesterday.

Whether it's the past positives are the past negatives that comes a time when you have to let yesterday go. That means that gotta be some forgiveness aphasia holding onto of regrets that you have things that you cannot change but that are holding you hostage yesterday. Many of us will not hold successfully into tomorrow because with the Shane yesterday that every car needs a good rearview mirror and be able to from time to time. Look in the rearview mirror and see what's behind you, but no driver lives in the rearview mirror. You glance at it from time to time. Along the way you live in the windshield because the difference between the small piece of glass that takes you back and this big piece of glass is that the big piece of glass is taking you forward the windshield is taking you forward while the little piece of glass is taking a bath glance every now and then back to yesterday, but live in the future of where God wants you to go second. See your inheritance. Notice what he says in verse three and four every place on which the sole of your foot treads I have given it to you just as I spoke to Moses from the wilderness of this Lebanon even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites as far as the great sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. The first key to a successful new year is to leave the past behind, but the second key to a successful New Year's is to see your inheritance and inheritance is an allotted portion.

If you have a will or you in somebody's will. They have allotted a certain amount that will go to you or you've allotted a certain amount that will be passed on to offspring. It is an allotted portion. Every believer has an allotted portion. Every believer has been given time, talents and treasures that have been allotted to you.

For the purposes of fulfilling God's will for your life. You are in God's will and you have a known moderate portion of purpose that is a reason for your be. Every believer has an inheritance when he told Joshua to cross over the Jordan. All 12 tribes had an allotted portion of land a piece of property that blown and they were to go get their property, but please notice it wasn't just going to give it to them they had to go get it.

He says in verse three every place on which the sole of your foot treads so happy but you got to go get it. Let me explain some much of what God has for you. You gotta go get it okay to put his weight God's promises are often in your reach.

Not in your Ephesians 210 says we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which he has created before that we should walk in them. I love that verse. Let me connect with Josh. God had already prepared the land for Israel. They were going to make something happen. They were going to get what was already prepared for them the receipt. Ephesians 2 says, which God hath prepared before hand that we should walk in them so that movement was to get what God had already arranged… It the inheritance that God had for them was being held by sinners. I love that this didn't know they will they will hold onto the inheritance the bones of the saints. All the devils hold most of the bones that you did you know that Helen hold will stop the bones to heaven, but Helen is allowed to hold onto it as we will jump across the Jordan we won't walk and lay hold of what God has already created before that we should walk in them. Dr. Evans will come back to share the third and fourth keys to a successful new year. Just a moment. Stay with us. It's easy to feel overwhelmed right now. But God is bigger and we would encourage you with truth by sending you the best of Tony Evans 2020 on CD or digital download featuring 20, Dr. Evans most popular messages for 2020.

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How to know God cares about you personally, and much more. This special offer ends tomorrow, so get in touch with us right away to make your generous year-end contribution and will send you the best of Tony Evans 2020 and is popular devotional book called for the purpose make the arrangements it Tony or call our resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 team members are standing by to help you with your request.

24 seven. Again, dial 1-800-800-3222 right now Dr. Evans is back with more of the keys for successful new year you got is you gotta let yesterday. Go visit it as you need to, but don't you go see Joe inheritance.I'm going to now go after what I know you want to go after and believe you'll show me the rest along the way. The third way that you will have a successful new year like this one to focus on God, not people.

Verse five no man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Look at the beginning of verse six be strong and courageous beginning of verse seven only be strong and courageous look at beginning of verse nine have I not commanded you. Be strong and courageous the end of verse 18.

Only be strong and courageous. What's this, why is he telling him to be strong and courageous because when Joshua crosses the Jordan. And when you cross the calendar to lay hold of what God has for you. There's going to be spiritual resistance see the Hittites and the Amorites headed the Jebusites and the Canaanites headed all the evil folks had blown Israel so that would be me.

Temptation to be scared to go get because if I go after what God has for me.

What are they going to say what are they going to think what are they going to do, they go to stop leak because they been given I am stronger than I am.

How can I do it, so he tells Josh what no man will be able to resist you all the days of your life. So West is the only person who can stop what God has for you is you because no man can stop what God has for you when you go after it. For God's glory for the benefit of others expansion of his kingdom as you live out his will for your life.

No man, I don't care how much money they have prestige. They have promised to have power, they have no man there would be two things that will always give you carriage you have to know number one pitcher on a divine assignment that you have all you must be operating in God's presence. He says, and I will be with you because if you go out there without God you by yourself. That's why pursuing the relationship with the Lord is so important because you don't only need the assignment you need his presence fill out. People want the assignment but don't want the presence of the greater stories in the Bible is when Moses given the promised land. He told Moses you go, but I'm not going with you. In other words, go get the promise, but you won't have my presence soak God separated the promise from his presence and Moses in the wisdom of the moment said if you don't go with me to the promise I will stay with the present and wait on the promise I'm not going go after the promise without your presence because I leave you when I go face this opposition is waiting for you in the new year. Satan is waiting for you.

The enemies of God are waiting for you because I don't want to give up what they own that really belongs to you. That's why you got is that I will go after it and I don't get it because God is with me.

I have prioritized his presence as I pursue my assignment. The fourth one. The final is you must think tethered to God's word says in verse seven. Be careful to do according to all the law which Moses my servant commanded you.

Do not turn to it from the right of the left so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth. You shall meditate on the day and night, so that you may be careful meticulous to do according to all that is written in it for then you will make your way prosperous, he says great things about the word proclaim post facet and practice it. This book of the law shall not leave your mouth that means you're going to proclaim you go speak it you not just going to may speak it you will speak say we speak the wrong people's words we speak with other folks say what other folks think we get a million opinions. When God has given his final word when God speaks. He does not start and you want to say what God says and not let everybody else try to talk you out of what God says.

He says speak it but you can only speak what you possess. That's why he tells of the meditate on it meditate is what account does with with the current Dragon I was using the calzone in a Q&A always Julie account is more than one stomach, so they regurgitated and she wanted again until they finally she wanted and it becomes part of this system. That's the word meditate means to take the word show on it until it becomes part of the system, they may hear a sermon and then forget it and come back the next week for another sermon you will forget the fact that you, charge 52 weeks out of the year 52 sermon you forgot that because between Sunday and Sunday you never meditated. You never recalled that he never really looked at it and so because you didn't meditate on it you can proclaim it says proclaim it post facet and the best way to possess. It is the practice, he says, and be careful to do all he says don't turn from the left or the right driving down the highway.

You and Elaine right Elaine has a lot of this not allow Vanessa know that means stay between the lines, go over here to talk about on this a little over the lad will be examined is a little over the last note says don't go to the right or the left because if you do not have an accident stay between the lines of football team to three points when they stay between the post. The ticketing site not as close know you got a hit between the posts in order to get the field-goal he says stay between the lines don't go to the right don't go to the left to put it another way, don't let you an opinion that when everybody else thinks what everybody else says will cause you to veer off of my work. He says be careful in other words take meticulous detail not to add to my words take away from my words after me outside my world cousin you possess my words can proclaim my words and guess what he said and then you have success.

Why, because God is committed to his word for what I was going for them going forward, the country somewhere in ashes of the church is in just a couple blocks away. I go to 711 tells me go for a gopher. Dr. Doolittle is a pastor, I did turn back around to come to a life down the window SGOT you know what is church is here to turn on the Internet it was a neighborhood public.

Then I decide to pick up the directions that had been sent to me to get off this accident. The next been sent didn't turn right. I turned left and I leaned my own understanding and didn't read the whole paper, but you know what made it worse, I asked people along the way and when I asked people along the way they messed me up will they sounded like they knew they would, so I go down that you mouth you won't see on the loss of the stone and the phone when the pastor the church sent me the directions and should not waste charge is located at The first time with them right now with The second part went on the right exit but I didn't all do all that was written because I didn't do all that was written still wind up getting lost a lot of us know a little bit wordy and a little bit of the word that we don't do the homework and wonder why we still lost. After we got a few things God Dr. Tony Evans will come back to wrap up today's message with the final challenge in just a moment first. So let me remind you of that special offer. I mentioned earlier, when you make your year-end contribution today will say thanks by sending you the best of Tony Evans 2020 and audio collection on CD and digital download containing 20 of Tony's most requested messages as well as his powerful devotional book called for a purpose.

See your talents and interests. Through God's eyes, and discover the purpose God has in store for you. This book is a great resource for the new year and goes hand-in-hand with the principles Dr. Evans has been sharing today just drop by Tony to get the details and make your contribution online again as Tony or call her 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 let one of our team members, assist with your request. What's the point of wanting more.

When we don't appreciate what we already have Dr. Evans will answer that question tomorrow when he explains how to ask God for a blessing that will not only change your new year, but the rest of your life right now though he's back with this final challenge for us to grade school principal, I challenge you to meet yesterday to see your inheritance. I challenge you to stop letting people be the determining factor and I challenge you to stay tethered to God learn that you will have some testimony so shift your perspective. The alternative with Dr. Tony have an alternative is made possible by the generous confirmation of listeners like

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