A New Year's Resolution
January 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

As we trade in the old year for the new, it’s a time for reflection.   We often consider the last year and what we might hope for in the new year.  Unless our resolutions are grounded in a humble request for the Lord’s help, they are likely to quickly be broken or fall by the way.  So what Godly New Year’s resolutions should we make?

There is some cause for caution; the scripture tells us “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed” (Ecc 5:4). 

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Cor 5:17).  So the first priority in setting a resolution is to understand if we are a new creature.  Have we been forgiven and asked His Spirit to come into our heard and sanctify our heart and life?  Unless we are a new creature, then we need to seek to be forgiven and sanctified.

The obvious thing that passes away during sanctification is Sin (that inbreed desire to seek our own in spite of Godly counsel), but the things we love also changes.  The scripture tell us to “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).  So it seems the love of the world, and the love of the Father are opposites.

Maybe this verse helps define the love of the world:  “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world” (1 John 2:16) .  Perhaps this give insight on the love of the Father: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Gal 5:22-25).

With sanctification comes the love of some things.  We love to study the Bible to show ourselves approved to God, love to fellowship with our brothers and sisters, encourage one another, and be in church, especially on Sunday morning and evening.  Sunday is still a special day, according to the scripture:  “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth”  (Is 58:13-14).

Can we resolutely renew the consecration necessary to have the Spirit in our hearts and lives.  “For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor” (Gal 2:18).

Bro. David Cosby


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