Sadly, this is a ritual many go through year after year and the outcome is always the same – failure.
Let’s make this year different.
Make is a new year of new choices for your life.
The word resolution means: 1. Process of resolving 2. Decision 3. Determination
Where are you in the process of the decision that will take determination to achieve?
Now, to the deeper question.
Where are you spiritually and what new choices do you need to make in this New Year?
Patient: Doctor doctor. It hurts when I do this!
Doctor: Don’t do it!
In 25 plus years of ministry I have met countless people who want the pain or torment to go away but do not want to change the decisions that led to the pain and torment.
Many Believers in Jesus of Nazareth as Lord and Savior see Him and His grace as a license to sin. They know He will forgive them so they keep doing what they did before and getting the same outcome. Yes, He loves you just as you are but He also loves you too much to let you stay that way.
The Holy Spirit is given to inspire, encourage and convict us of sin. He walks with us to show us the way and to remind of The Word. When we willfully sin we wander away from Him and His guidance. Eventually, if it goes on long enough, we are lost in the darkness and shadows of this world where the wolves dwell. It is then that the Shepherd seeks us out and leads us home. Correction regarding our choices is a part of His love and done with His grace.
The woman caught in adultery in John 8 was offered love, grace and no condemnation. But, she was also offered a directive – “go and sin no more”. In other words, stop doing what you are doing or make better choices. The Lord finalizes this directive with His closing statement in verse 12 – “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
If we are claim to follow Him our lives must show it. If we are walking in darkness it means we are no longer in the Light. And, that means we are no longer following Him.
It’s a New Year I pray that you will make New Choices that will keep in out of the darkness and into His Light.Solomon’s Porch. Director & Team Leader, SRT the Supernatural Response Team