How are those New Year resolutions working out for you? I know.. on January 1st you had the best of intentions to keep them. Same here!!!
Are you hearing people say “I can’t believe it’s the year 2018 already.” Well, I heard the year 2020 mentioned on TV the other day and I thought…that’s way off. No it’s not!!! Space movies in the 70’s and 80’s hovered around that year. Ha! That’s only two years away, and you know how fast those years go!!!
Now, let’s get down to the issue of broken new year resolutions. We all do it! Maybe we don’t speak it, but if you’re honest you’ll admit that the “clean slate” of a new year is appealing. “If I can just change one or two things about myself this year, I’ll be happy.”
I looked up resolution in the dictionary and there are six definitions. The first one is: ‘the act of resolving or reducing to a simpler form.’ Ha! That’s one of my year after year resolutions…to reduce to a simpler form by 20 pounds!!!
The next definition I am sharing with you comes under the word resolve which has ten meanings. The ninth one is: ‘to make up ones mind; arrive at a decision, or a fixed determination.’
Now we’re getting to the resolve that really matters for eternity. When you come to faith in Christ, you make a decision to do so. As you grow in your knowledge of God and His Son by reading His Word, you find that His ways are past finding out. You find that since you live in a sinful world that life is not always easy. There are times when you feel like giving up.
That’s when the word resolution has spiritual meaning. If you have committed your life to Christ, then it’s your choice, your resolution or fixed determination to never forsake Him, no matter what. So I implore you to keep on, keeping on with Christ. That’s the best resolution you can make day after day, year after year.
Romans 8:35,37-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
song….”I have decided to follow Jesus… no turning back, no turning back.//The world behind me, the cross before me….no turning back, no turning back.// Though none go with me, I still will follow….no turning back, no turning back.”