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Go Ahead and Make Some Resolutions!
by Pastor Jonathan Steeper
Yes, it is good to make godly resolutions. These are some tips I found in my old prayer journal to help keep us on the right road with God through the year.
Reaffirm your relationship with God.
“The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
Reflect on the past year asking God to show you areas of sin and weakness that are slowing your spiritual growth.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139: 23-24
Confess your sin, ask God to forgive you and turn away from them.
“If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1: 9
Ask God to refresh you and to give you a new vision for 2016.
“I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Ask God to help you see your life from His perspective and renew your commitment to His vision and purpose for your life.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Rom 12:2
Resolve to be faithful to God’s purpose in your life and to glorify Him in the areas that He has revealed to you as you have prayed.
“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” Phil. 3: 14
Write down what God has revealed to you in prayer.
Review them frequently, remembering that through His grace we are able to grow in Christ.
“Let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Heb 4: 16