Think of all the resolutions we make. So often, they revolve around our physical lives. But what about spiritual resolutions?
2 Corinthians 4:18
God is first and last, beginning and end. Jesus is king of all ages. This is in contrast to our lives, which have a birth and death, and a limited time in between. The Bible compares our lives to a vapor, which dissipates quickly.
Jesus gave us what He deserved, and took what we deserved.
When should this happen?
2 Corinthian 6:1-2
Now is the accepted time. Today is the day!
The word January comes from the Roman word Janus, who was a two-faced statue, believed to close the for to the past and open the door to the future. When Christianity was established as the state religion, the tradition turned to prayer and fasting for the new year.
Let prayer be the beginning of everything this year. Every day, every activity, every decision. The Bible actually says that the Lord can restore wasted years. Do you carry regrets? Bring them to Jesus.
Psalm 65:11 “You crown the year with goodness, and Your paths drip with abundance.” Who wouldn’t want that?
Are you really satisfied with your relationship with God? He never changes, but we must. What is holding you back? Possibilities: laziness, rebellion, excuses, fear, doubt… You must be willing to ask God for help taking the first step, and every step.
It’s not about doing more things, more “works.” It’s about abiding in Jesus. Everything we are stems from this relationship, or lack of it. The fruit of the Spirit is eternal – you can give it away! But you can only get it by being a branch grafted into Jesus, the Vine.
All things have been put under His feet, even though we don’t yet see it. God wants to put things that have been holding you back under your feet. He wants you to have hold of His peace regardless of your circumstances.
As you make spiritual resolutions, you may think in terms of what behaviors you want to change. That’s a start, but now think of what spiritual practices will produce those things. Reading God’s word more often? Praying in all things? Worship? Ask yourself how you can know Him even more closely.