Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Encouragement for making New Year's Resolutions

I have been thinking a lot about New Year's Resolutions. I want you to know that you can make all the resolutions you want, but if you don't let God control your life then they are meaningless.

The greatest commandment of the Bible is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. Before we can make Godly resolutions for the New Year we must think about our heart, our soul and our mind.

God chose David because he was a man after His own heart. David prayed that God would create in Him a pure heart. Examine your heart. Is it a heart after God's own heart? Have you asked God to give you a pure heart. You must have a revival of the heart.

In 1 Timothy Paul tells us to pursue Godly training. In order for us to love God with all our soul, we must train to be Godly. Athletes train daily to become stronger and rid themselves of their weaknesses. If you pursue Godly training and pursue your spiritual disciplines you will become more Godly, more holy and your sinful desires will fade away. This happens through a deeper, more personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You must have a refitting of the soul.

In Romans, the scripture tells us to not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. We must change our thinking about how we pursue God and our relationship with Him and others. Do your thoughts follow God's thoughts or the thoughts of the ungodly world?

I hope you will make resolutions this year - Godly resolutions.