According to Statistics, among the top 10 New Yearly Resolutions tend to be focused on self – Exercise, lose weight, get organized, save more, spend less, stay healthy & fit, more success….. Sadly, “pray,” “develop a closer relationship with God” and “read my Bible more” did not make the top 10 list last year.
We need to renew our minds & focus on the spiritual aspects of our lives to have meaningful change. “Do not be conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. That ye may prove what is that good acceptable, perfect, will of God” (Rom 12:2). This is accomplished by
changing the content of our New Year’s Resolutions to encourage transformation such as follows:
The Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?” (Deut 4:7).
“Search the scriptures for in them ye have eternal life & they are they which testify of me (John 5:39).
Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. The God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Cor 13:11).
“But encourage one another daily, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness” (Heb 3:13).
“But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet 3:18). Be ready to share always (as the spirit moves) what you learn.
“He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing” (Deut 10:18). He desires us to prosper.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as ransom for many” (Mark 10:45).
“Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it” (Heb 13:2).
It is more blessed to give than to receive. “Why do you worry about tomorrow? See how the flowers of the field grow?” (Matt 6:28).
These spiritual resolutions will only be transforming if you make them habits rather than goals.
It is proven scientifically that we are wired to – LOVE, Joy, peace, kindness, compassion & are inherent in us as God given natural gifts. Hate, Fear Jealous, Envy are all learned behavior. They are toxic and unnatural. No wonder Jesus commanded us to - Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and others as self (Matt 22:37).
This quarter, we focus on the 5th Fundamental Truth – The Holy Spirit who will guide us into all TRUTH (Matt 16:13). All Scripture is given by Inspiration of God & is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in righteousness (2Tim3:16). May we all be in one accord as we Learn and Share His Word.
Philip Mainda 01/07/2017