Wednesday, December 31, 2014 4:32 AM

Biblical New Year's Resolutions

Wednesday, December 31, 2014 4:32 AM
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 4:32 AM

Many people take this time of year to make resolutions of some sort. These resolutions have to do with the desires of their heart. These are desires that they have for some reason been unable to accomplish as they had wished. These hopes could be for a better physical appearance, or they could be for some new mental picture of themselves and life. They could also be for an accomplishment that has somehow eluded them.

Let me offer a Biblical perspective. The first thing that we should do is ask for wisdom; not just wisdom for there is a worldly wisdom that does not help.

1Cor3.19 For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

We need to ask for the wisdom of God.

James1.5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

When we ask we need to believe that we will receive. This verse in James is a promise and God keeps His promises.

Once we have prayed for the wisdom of God, we should remember this verse:

Phil4.13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

We can achieve the desires of our hearts should it be in God’s will. Many times if we do not receive our desires right away, we think that it is not in God’s will…it may be that God will have you in training just a little longer and then it will happen. Keep trying and keep praying for God is faithful.

Let me add a note of caution. Be careful how you vow to do things for the Bible says that we should let our yes be our yes and our no be our no. This means do not swear to promises even to yourself and especially to God.

 James5.11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. 12 But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your “yes” be yes and your “no” be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.

A vow to the Lord is taken seriously in Heaven and we need to be careful of vowing to things on earth and in Heaven. Instead of a formal vow, a simple promise to try is best. If the situation calls for a formal acknowledgement of responsibility, then we need to keep the oath.

More importantly; our most precious possession of power is by prayer: “The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”  This paraphrased is written as The effective prayer of a righteous person has great power.”

 A Happy and Blessed New Year to You and Your Family  Amen

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