As we begin the Year of our Lord 2020 let me give you 4 New Year’s Resolutions. Frances Ridley Havergal wrote “Another year is dawning, dear Father, let it be. On earth or else in Heaven, another year for Thee.”
FIRST – Resolve to Pray More: In I Thessalonians 5:16-18; we read, “Rejoice evermore. (17) Pray without ceasing. (18) In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. We don't know what the New Year will bring, but our greatest resolution should be more fellowship with Him. Whatever comes, we can pray, turn it over to the Lord, and rejoice in Him.
Make up your mind to spend dedicated minutes each day this year in your place of prayer – by your bedside, at your table, in your basement, wherever. Make it a regular practice. Try keeping a praise-and-prayer list. Learn to take your blessings to the Lord in thanksgiving and your burdens to Him in petition. Make it another year of progress, another year of praise, another year of proving His presence all the days.
SECOND – Resolve to Worry Less: In Psalm 37:8; we read, “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.” In I Timothy 6:8; we read, “And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
We so easily fret about a thousand things every day, tying ourselves into knots of worry. But we have a heavenly Father who knows our needs, and Psalm 37 says, "Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart … Trust also in Him … Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him …. Do not fret it only causes harm." This year, resolve by God's grace to worry less, trust Him more, and live with joy and thankfulness for all He gives us.
THIRD – Resolve to Do More: In I Thessalonians 1:10; we read, “Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. (10) …but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more…” This is the year to take your work for Christ more seriously than ever. We are living in the last days, and we should be more diligent than ever in fulfilling God’s plan for every day.
FOURTH – Resolve to Complain Less: In Exodus 16:2; we read, “And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured (complained) against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness…” How easy to blame our problems on others. That's essentially what we're doing whenever we grumble and complain. The Israelites murmured from the time they left Egypt until they arrived in the Promised Land, and they often blamed Moses for their problems.
This year, resolve to practice patience and complain less. Patience comes from trusting God with the things about which we want to complain. A good new year's resolution comes from Philippians 2:14-15: "Do all things without murmurings and disputings: (15) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world…”
In HIS Amazing Grace,
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