Posted by: missionventureministries | December 30, 2013

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS – Jeremiah 29:11

New Year 2014

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 

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?

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 in 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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Responses

  1. This is perfect for all of us today and as we go in to the new year.. A great encouragement as always. As these days are so dark, we must lean on His promises for us and trust with our whole heart I am sure everyone reading this will be touched by your timely message.. The message has always been there from the beginning of time… Obey and trust in God.

    Blessings upon your day and ministry. Susan

    • All honor and glory go to our heavenly Father from whom all blessings flow. Blessings to you and yours for this New Year.


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