Since late in November, I have been healing from some pretty deep wounds, and although the wound is healing well, and is not as raw as it once was, I realized last week as I was trying to reassess and set goals and priorities for 2015, that my thoughts were still being influenced by it's bite. So I came to the Cross, tainted glasses adorning my eyes, as feelings of a failure…confused, bewildered and astonished resurfaced.
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A resolution: The state or quality of being resolute; firm determination. A resolving to do something. A course of action determined or decided on.
Making New Year’s Resolutions is a tradition for most Americans. We make lists and proclaim to our family and friends our goals. We ask to be held accountable. Yet if we are to be honest, most of our resolve only last a few months at most. Why is that?
As 2013 is waning in to a memory and the dawn of 2o14 is fast approaching, I have thought about my resolutions for the New Year. Do I make resolutions this year? I have concluded NO. Instead I feel the Spirit telling me the reason my resolutions fail, and so many others’, is for one reason.
SELF gets in the way.
Although our resolutions may be honorable: spend more time with the Lord, loose a few pounds, or practice the art of servant-hood more often…many times they are founded in our flesh. “WHAT? But those are all good and Godly resolutions!” you say. Yes they are, but where our resolution making takes a wrong turn is when WE become resolute, firmly determined, resolved to do something, and determine our course of action without FIRST consulting our Father. For this very reason I have abandoned the idea of New Year’s Resolution Making this year. I want, instead, to earnestly seek HIS will for my year, however much He chooses to reveal to me. I am waiting on the Lord’s plans for me. I know His plan is far better than my own and I know if I rest in the Lord and follow after Him he will complete the work He has begun in me. (Phil 1:6)
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Are your New Year’s Resolutions confining God to a box? Are the resolutions you’re making YOUR goals for the year, or are they the LORD'S goals for you this coming year? We have a choice. We can pray and ask the Giver of All Good Things and our Father, to guide us down the path that HE has ordained for us, or are we can set our own goals and continuing on resolutely but in our flesh.
The Lord may be speaking to hearts in many different areas. For one, it may be time to get in shape...for we are a temple of God...we are his hands and feet. For another, the Lord may be saying it’s the year to pull out all the stops concerning your children…to make a considerable time investment in nourishing their souls. And yet He chooses to ask another to give up media in order to carve out more time in a pursuit of a deepened servant’s heart. Only our Father above can point us in the right direction.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me--practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you." Philippians 4:6-10
Won’t you join me as 2013 passes into the New Year by seeking first the Kingdom of God? Happy New Year to you all! I pray for an unquenchable zeal for the Lord for you in 2014. That you will greatly impact those whose lives you come in contact with. Sweetly Broken, Wholly Surrendered...