Posted by: missionventureministries | December 30, 2012

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – Ecclesiastes 5:2, 4-5

Ecclesiastes 5

The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. Every day is the day the Lord has made, as Psalm 118:24 states, “let us rejoice today and be glad.” One can make a resolution or promise to oneself any day of the year, and keeping it or breaking it is in our hands. We must remember one thing the Bible teaches in Ecclesiastes 5:2, 4 and 5, that if we make promises or vows to God, they should not be taken lightly.

“Do not be quick with your mouth; do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.”

The vast majority of New Year’s resolutions, even among Christians, are in relation to physical things when they should be spiritual decisions to obey and honor the Lord.

When we make resolutions, we need to have the right motivation for starting or stopping any activity. For example, why do we decide to read the Bible every day? Is it to honor God and grow spiritually, or is it because we have heard that it is a good thing to do? Why do we want to lose weight? Is it to honor God with our body, or is it for vanity, to honor ourselves?

Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” And 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.” It is important to know that if God is the center of our New Year’s resolution, we have a great chance for success and if it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable us to fulfill it. If our resolution is not God honoring or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not succeed. However if we have confidence when we approach our heavenly Father and we ask according to His will, He will hear us. (1 John 5:15)

So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions:
• Ask God to show us to how to fulfill the goals He gives us.
• Ask the Lord for wisdom in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have us make. (James 1:5)
• God always has a purpose for what we will experience. He has a reason for what He allows in our life, and through it we can trust Him completely. (Proverbs 1:3-5)
• If possible we should find a godly accountability partner who will help us and encourage us.
• Pride should stay far away from us; instead we should give God all the glory. (Psalm 37:5-6)
• Rely on God’s strength to help us.
• The Bible says not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow has enough worries of its own. We need to trust in our Heavenly Father who knows everything we need, who is our God and our Provider. He is faithful and He will take care of us. (Matthew 6:25-34)
• There is no limit to what God can do in our life; nothing is impossible with God. God opens doors that no man can shut and closes doors that no man can open. With God the possibilities are endless when we live according to His will. (Philippians 4:13)
• We need to keep our eyes fixed on Christ and He will give us rest and peace because He is our peace and He loves us and cares for us deeply. (John 16:33)
• We need to pray about what God has planned for us and be willing to walk by faith in obedience as we follow His leading. Remembering that His plans are always for good and not for evil, to give us a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
• We need to start out the New Year with a fresh point of view to new experiences, memories, and blessings, having an open mind and heart to wherever the Lord will take us, with full assurance and confidence that He is with us. (Matthew 28:19-20)
• We should not become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate us further.
• We need to be willing to let go and let God work in and through us as we continue to grow in our relationship with Him. Pray for God to mold us and make us pliable in the Potter’s hand.
• With new experiences and lessons come new wisdom and insight. Make it a priority to seek out wisdom as a hidden treasure or fine gold. Proverbs says that wisdom will set a garland of grace on your head and she will present us with a crown of splendor. (Proverbs 4:7-9)

Let us give thanks to the Lord for His love and assurance that He is there for us. Let us look forward to what He has in store for us this New Year, for He is faithful and worthy to be worshiped and praised each and every day of our life.

Blessings on this New Year!

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