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Making Christian Resolutions

January 1, 2014 by  
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calendarThe practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a new year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31 and January 1. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. However, if a Christian determines to make a New Year’s resolution, what kind of resolution should he or she make?

Common New Year’s resolutions are commitments to quit smoking, to stop drinking, to manage money more wisely, and to spend more time with family. By far, the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, in conjunction with exercising more and eating more healthily. These are all good goals to set. However, 1 Timothy 4:8 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. The vast majority of New Year’s resolutions, even among Christians, are in relation to physical things.

This should not be.Many Christians make New Year’s resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are fantastic goals. However, these New Year’s resolutions fail just as often as the non-spiritual resolutions, because there is no power in a New Year’s resolution. Resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity. For example, why do you want to read the Bible every day? Is it to honor God and grow spiritually, or is it because you have just heard that it is a good thing to do? Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to honor God with your body, or is it for vanity, to honor yourself?

Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” John 15:5 declares, “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.” If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution.

So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; (2) pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further; (6) don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm says, “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.”

During this time to make a new resolution, let us tend away from the material and more toward the spiritual. Let us not only resolve to lose a few pounds or to quit smoking, but also to be a bit more forgiving and to love our neighbors just a little bit more. We can’t change the world, but we can grow as Christians in the love of Jesus and, with the help of God, make 2014 a better year for ourselves and for all in our lives.

 

 

M.S. Lowndes:  I started writing Inspirational Christian poetry in the beginning of 1995. Many years prior, I wrote Christian songs. I do enjoy writing songs (when inspired) and the lyrics to other people’s music. I began writing songs when I was about 12 years old – although I wasn’t a Christian at the time and the songs reflected where I was at. When I came to the Lord, the song writing dramatically changed. Sometimes I’d just start singing them spontaneously. I stopped writing songs around 1990, although around 2002, when my eldest son came to the Lord, I put tunes to some of the songs he started singing to God. This is all I did in the area of songwriting at that stage, although near the end of 2007, God started stirring within me the desire to write songs again. It started with writing lyrics to go with someone else’s music, but the whole process was something I really enjoyed. I ended up purchasing a guitar and going through the agony of playing again – as I hadn’t played in many years 🙂 God then gave me new songs. I never thought I’d ever go back to song writing – but God has other plans 🙂

God planted in my heart a dream to write a christian children’s picture book series. At the time I started writing Christian poetry, I had an idea to write kids stories in rhyme. I started it around 2002, but it tends to get shelved. My hope is to have it finished and published one day, though for now I’m concentrating on writing secular children’s picture book stories – which I would also love to have published one day.

My hope and prayer for this site, is that you will find encouragement and comfort in the words of these poems & devotionals. Also, that you will be challenged in your walk with God to press on in Him more.

You may like to read my testimony of how I came to creating this website Birth Of Heavens Inspirations

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