2019 Resolves

 

2019 Resolves

re·solve definition:

verb
1.
settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter).
“the firm aims to resolve problems within 30 days”
synonyms: settle, sort out, solve, find a solution to, fix, straighten out, deal with, put right, put to rights, rectify; More
2.
decide firmly on a course of action.
“she resolved to call Dana as soon as she got home”
synonyms: determine, decide, make up one’s mind, make a decision
“Bob resolved not to wait any longer”

noun
1.
firm determination to do something.
“she received information that strengthened her resolve”
synonyms: decision, resolution, commitment
“he made a resolve not to go there again”

When we choose to take actions towards a goal or take actions against problems, it takes a measure of resolve to do it.  Instead of making “resolutions” which is a “firm decision to do or not to do something”, we need to make a resolve to find solutions to the issues at hand.  For the most part, resolutions last about a month or so.  Then life steps in and we return back to the way we were doing things.

Resolving things on the other hand involves a seeking for answers, investigation to the roots of problems and a hope to find the solutions.  It can be just one person or a group of people determined to find a better end result to life’s issues.

Here are some Scriptural resolves:

Exodus 23:2 You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.

Luke 9:23  Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

2 Timothy 2:2-7; 14-19 (NKJV)
2 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Philippians 4 :1,4-9 (NKJV)
1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.    6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Meditate on These Things
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Let us resolve to follow after the Lord

We are the deciding factor for failure or success in life.  Our life choices bring us through hard times or allow total failure.  We want sometimes to blame others for our misery and while they certainly can add to our problems, they are not the end of the problems.  In Christ Jesus, we have hope and help in all kinds of life issues.

Let us choose to seek Him first, allow the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and lead us to the answers we need to live a godly and joy filled life!  One of my favorite verses in the Scriptures is:

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Yes, Amen!  My prayer for all of you is a blessed, Jesus-filled year in 2019.

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Witnessing Jesus’ Style

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Act 10:43  To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

We were taught that witnessing was us doing the action.  We were to go out and tell everyone we meet about the Lord Jesus.  There is truth in that statement, but it is not all the truth.  We are to go to those in need, be available to all those we meet and ready to be used of the Lord to minister His Grace.

The unique thing about these Scriptures is what we are witnesses to.  We are not the ones doing the actions.  We are only the instrument of His Grace.  It is not what we are doing that is the “witness” part.  What really is happening is we are “witnessing” His love in action.  We are at the time of our sharing the Gospel, laying hands on the sick, interceding for troubled souls, bringing light and life to those in darkness—witnessing the Lord moving into all those situations and meet the needs of the people.  That is our part of the witness.  We are there, first hand, on-the-scene witnesses to the love of God being shed abroad on the earth!

What an exciting place to be!  Being led by the Holy Spirit, watching God love his people, heal them, comfort them and indeed save them from their sins.  I love witnessing God in action!

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