Every time January rolls around we feel the need to make resolutions and try to put on a new life. It always makes me laugh when I realize how quickly those “New Years’ Resolutions” dissolved away. We always seem to choose to change our whole life in one month, even though it took years to get where we are now. I relaxed this year and choose to allow the Lord to choose my areas of change. He knows us inside and out and knows where we are in faith and resolve. He can choose something we can trust Him with and truly affect change in our lives.
My prayer for you all this year is to truly rest in Him and allow Holy Spirit to move your heart to change. Let His love and conviction choose the places that will help you and those in your life be blessed the most. I pray His blessings upon you as you allow Him to renew you this year.
Can we stop living in the past? Is it possible to release the old dead ways and look to Jesus to lead us through paths we have never walked before? Will we be able to trust this new way of doing things in Him?
All these questions roll through us whenever the Lord asks us to change our ways. We question whether we can do what he asks us to do. As I prayed and meditated on how to release the past, the Lord reminded me that He was the “author and finisher” of my faith. It is Holy Spirit who leads us into the truth. So my choice for this new year is to resolve to allow Holy Spirit to change me. It is not easy, but things worth while usually are not easy. The rewards of hearing Jesus say, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant” are worth the battle with our flesh.
Hebrews 12:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
John 16:13 New King James Version (NKJV)
13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
As we enter the new decade, we have choices to make. Will we stand firm in the will and heart of God? Will we follow Him faithfully in the coming days? Our lives are being flooded with so much perverse speech from those who hate God and his people. Shouting against those who choose God and his ways.
Now is not the time to walk in fear, but to stand up faithful and true to the One who is always faithful and true to us. His great love is our compass as we navigate the coming days ahead. It is both exciting and fearful as we have never been here before. I have heard people making jokes about this being the new “roaring 20’s”. Maybe so, but I chose to listen to the roar of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah rather than the roar of the world system.
May we all live in the joy of the Lord, fulfilling our life’s call in Him as He leads us onward toward the Great Day of the Lord. Hope and peace be ours as we look to Him, not what we see before us.
God bless all those who have followed our website. May you be enriched by the Holy Spirit in all your ways.