NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS WEEK

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The Bible does not speak either for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions.  It seems the most common resolution has to do with breaking a bad habit or two, such as smoking or lack of exercise.  The Bible instructs us to keep exercise in perspective.

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.  – 1 Timothy 4:8

Most New Year’s resolutions have to do with the physical realm, and not the spiritual realm.  As Christians we can do better.  Maybe we should resolve to read the Bible every day or to attend church more regularly.  The problem with these resolutions is that there is no real power behind them.  The way to make resolutions matter and stick to them is to pray for the power source to come into your heart and life to kick-start the change.  Ask God’s Holy Spirit to help you keep your resolutions – if you really want to keep them. 

I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.  – Philippians 4:13

If God’s Holy Spirit is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has a better chance to succeed, depending on your commitment to it.  If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will give you everything you need to fulfill it.  If a resolution is not honoring God or does not agree with God’s Word, we won’t receive the Holy Spirit’s help in fulfilling the resolution.

I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  – John 15:5

It’s okay to make non-spiritual New Year’s resolutions, but it’s the spiritual ones that have the added power of God’s Holy Spirit behind them.  How about asking the Lord for more wisdom this year?

 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  – James 1:5

Pray for wisdom about how to keep your resolutions.  Rely on God’s strength to help you and find an accountability partner to help you along.  There will be weak moments and discouragement, but those are the times you just have to get up, dust yourself off and begin again.  Learn from mistakes and move forward.  Don’t become proud or vain with success, but give God all the glory.

Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this:  He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.  – Psalm 37:5-6

We are faced with choices every day. Will we ask God’s Holy Spirit for wisdom in decisions or will we try to navigate these choppy waters on our own? Most Christians will tell you the reason they don’t get really worked up about anything is because they know where their strength comes from. It comes from God. There’s something about knowing that He has control of absolutely everything! That brings such comfort and joy to my soul. It helps me relax when things get a bit sticky in my life.

So what will your choice be today – empty and uptight, or full and contented?

The choice I make today is FULL – and I’m going to go on to say – FULL TO OVERFLOWING! I need the love of God in my heart and in my life. Bring it on, Lord! With Your help, I can do ANYTHING!

 A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.  – Author Unknown

This year we will make spiritual New Year’s resolutions and pray for God to help us to keep and maintain them.

God bless you in 2014.

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THANKS LIVING DAY 37

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PRAYER OF THANKS FOR SAFETY

How important is safety these days? When I was a kid we didn’t have to wear a helmet to ride a bike and we had bench seats in our car with a lap seatbelt. That was “safety” back then. I remember when mom or dad had to slam on the brakes, their right arm would automatically smack across me, bracing me! Some of you remember that too, don’t you?

We are so safety conscious these days. I can’t imagine using those car seats for kids! They look so complicated! No wonder I have to wait about ten minutes for that mom in the Wal-Mart parking lot to get her child strapped in before I can get to my car door to leave.

Have you ever been out-of-town and lost? My daddy used to tell me I could get lost in my own back yard because I am so directionally impaired – but I digress. Being lost is the most helpless feeling in the world, especially in unfamiliar territory. No one likes to be lost.

I’m not perfect – there, I said it. I won’t say it again – I didn’t stutter. Perfection is not something that will be everyone’s lasting memory of me. I’m bold and I jump in and sometimes I make a great big mess of things! I can’t tell you how many times I have “rushed” God’s timing. I do rush in – but I’m a work in progress. God is working on me and teaching me that it is always best to seek His advice before just moving on with something.

When you rush God there are consequences. God forgives the root sin when you ask Him to – but there are still consequences for the actions – and sometimes those consequences are long-term. Trust me when I tell you sin will take you further than you ever wanted to go – in the wrong direction. An old hymn comes to mind:

But I have good news. God is patient and He is waiting to help you. He knows you are not perfect but He wants to help you learn how to trust His timing instead of acting and then saying, “Okay God – now bless what I’ve already done.” It doesn’t work out so good that way. Wait on Him. Wait on His timing.

Today – I’m thankful that God always allows U-turns on His road. If you are traveling the wrong direction, just make a U-turn and start relying on God and His perfect timing. ❤