Christian Resolutions

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Early 20th century New Year’s resolution postcards  (Wikipedia ) 

A New Year’s Resolution is a commitment a person makes, usually after reflecting on the occurrences of the outgoing year, and focusing on how they can do things differently in the incoming year. Commitments are made to achieve goals, to abandon unhealthy habits such as overeating and smoking, and to adopt healthy habits. Self-improvement is usually the focus of New Year’s Resolutions. Some examples are, to work on relationships and social skills, to work on self-discipline and being kind to others, to eat healthier, to exercise more, to complete educational goals, and  one of the more popular  goals, is to get out of debt. Unfortunately, according to statistics, only 12% of those who embark upon resolutions, accomplish their goals. 

Do Christians make New Year’s Resolutions? Although I don’t ascribe to it, I don’t necessarily see anything wrong with it. However, as Christians, goals should also be set, that will ultimately cause us to become better followers of Christ. Having said that, we should not wait until New Years to set these goals. Hebrews 12:14 says, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” Holiness is not a religion. Living holy is a way of life, all day, every day, 365 days of each year! (366 days in leap year) What can we do to be more like Jesus? How can we abound in the fruit of the Spirit? How can we enhance our witness? What steps do we need to take, to transform our minds? What can we as Christians do, to enhance our relationships with the Lord in 2012 and beyond? Below is a list of things Christians, as well as anyone else can and should do at all times, to draw nigh unto the Lord, so that He will draw nigh unto us!

1. No matter what you set out to do in life, always put Jesus Christ first! What is the great commandment? “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.”  (Matthew 22:37-38)

2. Do you want to improve your relationships with others? “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” (Matthew 22:39) “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” (Galatians 6:19)

3. Do you want to get out of debt? “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.” (Malachi 3:8) “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10) Some Christians believe they can’t afford to pay tithes and offerings. Well, the truth of the matter is, you can’t afford not to pay tithes and offerings. Also, we are to give God His 10% first. The Lord will supply all of your needs, according to His riches in glory!

4. Do you want to get closer to the Lord? Prayer is one of the keys. “Pray without ceasing.” (I Thessalonians 5:17) Relationships start with communication. The more you communicate with the Lord, the stronger your relationship will become, and the more power you will have with God! Some prayer, some power. Much prayer, much power. No prayer, no power!

5. In order to get closer to the Lord, to walk in His power and strength, and to hear a word from Him, we must fast. “And when He was come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, why could we not cast him out? And He said unto them, this kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.” (Mark 9:28-29)

6. Read and study the Bible. Meditate on the WORD! “Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” When we read and meditate on God’s word, it becomes a part of us! When the tempter comes, God’s word will be brought back to our remembrance. “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”(II Timothy 2:15)

7. Have faith and trust in the Lord. Take Him at His word. Remember, no matter what comes your way, God says, it is working for your good. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) 

8. If you fall short of the glory of God, confess your sin. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:19) Don’t wallow in your sins, confess them, that ye might be forgiven!

May God richly bless and keep us all, in 2012 and beyond! We are living Epistles, read among men. Let us walk the walk, and talk the talk of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so that others will want to follow us to the foot of the Cross! Please feel free to add to the list! 

Tweaked for 2012! 

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10 comments on “Christian Resolutions

  1. Paulette,

    This post is living proof that creation (including us) exists by certain laws inherent to its makeup.  Abiding by these laws is not only necessary, but practically necessary because our very physical life depends on it.  Ironically, without spiritual adherence to these natural laws, there is ultimately nothing that will save our physical existence, let alone our eternal soul.

    Abiding by the natural order of things, as God designed it, has nothing to do with asceticism or living a stark, pleasure-free existence, but has everything to do with harmonizing our heart – tuning our self – with God’s, life-transforming, pleasure-inducing, joy-producing, everlasting love. Why, because love, God’s truth, is Jesus Christ in action, for he is both the creator and unity of all things – seen or unseen – in whom the laws of natural order exist synonymous with him. Apart from whom, order breaks down, and with it, human life.

    • Hi Todd,

      Your comment is filled with much TRUTH! Abiding by these guidelines, will not only cause us to have fewer physical struggles and pains in this life, but if we abide in His WORD until the end, we will gain eternal life with Christ Jesus! These truths are not meant to take the “joy” out of life, as some would think. Instead, abiding by these life transforming “truths”, will cause us to have joy unspeakable, and full of glory! There is nothing stark or austere, about living this kind of life! Psalms 16:11 says, “Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” I would rather have Jesus more than anything, this world can afford today! He is the giver and sustainer of life! As you said, “Apart from whom, order breaks down, and with it, human life!” Thank you so much for your insight! May God continue to richly bless you, and keep you in His care!

      Paulette!

  2. Hi Paulette!
    I just finished posting on mine and jumped over to read yours! Wow, now that’s some meat! I appreciate your “lay-it-out-there” manner. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you! That’s really the basis of your admonitions. In order to grow in the Lord we have to increase in our time with Him. Going from faith to faith, and glory to glory! God will never disappoint us when we seek Him. Thanks for a great post! Happy New Year and may God continue to speak to and through you.
    -Vicki

    • Hi Vicki,

      If we want to have a closer walk with the Lord, we most definitely must do our part. We have to draw nigh unto Him, through prayer, fasting, and reading and meditating on His WORD, day and night. People want to have power in God, but they are powerless, because they don’t want to take the time necessary, nor make those sacrifices, that will cause them to be anointed, and full of power in the Holy Ghost. I would guess that they wonder why, when the tempter comes, they are rendered a knockout punch, and find themselves at the altar repenting again and again! It is time for us to grow up in God! You are correct! “Going from faith to faith, and glory to glory! God will never disappoint us when we seek Him!”

      God bless you! Hoping the New Year, will rain blessings upon you and your family, as well as your church family!

      Paulette

  3. Hi Paulette.
    I am not one for making new year resolutions but I don’t decry them. Many of us would be better off if we DID make (and keep) them but I think most are forgotten in a short time.

    I am however – very definitely – a goal setter. I have written long term goals and short term goals as steps to achieve the long term ones and I keep a record of progress. I prioritise my “to do” list every day.

    I agree with your list but think – as I’m sure you do – that these are everyday resolutions and not just for new year. The difference I would make is to put #6 as #2.

    Great resolutions!

    • Hello Angela,

      Like you, I have never been one for making New Year’s resolutions. Because I don’t subscribe to them, I don’t disparage anyone that does. It is my hope that Christians wIll resolve themselves to doing what they already know to do, not only at this time of year, but at all times! God bless.

      Paulette

  4. Hi Paula:

    Your Post on Christian Resolutions is Powerful. My Resolution for 2011 is to get closer to the Lord. I know fasting, praying and studying God’s word will definitely make it happen.
    Thanks again for your words.

    Love you, Gerry

    • Hi Gerry,

      Thank you so much for your comment. When you put in the time to do those things, it will be worth every minute! A Scripture came to mind as I read your comment. Matthew 6:6 says, “But thou, when thou prayeth, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” God bless you, as you endeavor to draw nigh unto the Lord. He will also draw nigh unto you. Thank you again, for stopping by.

      Love you too.

      Paula

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