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New Year Resolutions and the Child of God!

New Year Resolutions and the Child of God!

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Think of some of your own ‘resolutions’ . . . Didn’t you say the same thing last year, and the year before? Perhaps this is a good indicator that we have a bigger problem on our hands than just not keeping our vows. The bigger problem is that we’re not very good at doing what we know is for our own good. This should reveal that, lurking subtly behind bad eating habits, persistent debt and slacking spirituality, are character flaws that are not essentially behavioral but existential. Our failures have less to do with WHAT WE DO AND MORE WITH WHO WE ARE.
Think of some of your own ‘resolutions’ . . . Didn’t you say the same thing last year, and the year before? Perhaps this is a good indicator that we have a bigger problem on our hands than just not keeping our vows. The bigger problem is that we’re not very good at doing what we know is for our own good. This should reveal that, lurking subtly behind bad eating habits, persistent debt and slacking spirituality, are character flaws that are not essentially behavioral but existential. Our failures have less to do with WHAT WE DO AND MORE WITH WHO WE ARE.

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NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS AND THE CHILD OF GOD!Michael Jeshurun
“TO WILL IS PRESENT WITH ME; BUT HOW TO PERFORM THAT WHICHIS GOOD I FIND NOT!” [Romans 7:18]Every ‘resolution’ whether it is on New Year’s Eve or otherwise involves theWILL!But how strong is the ‘will’ of the child of God?
 
God has chosen the WEAK THINGS of the world to confound the things whichare mighty! [1Cor 1:27]“Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am WEAK”! [Psalm 6:2]There was a time when David boasted – “In my prosperity I said, I shall NEVER BE MOVED”! [Psalm 30:6] Also about the same time he boasted – “I WILL behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt Thou come unto me? I WILLwalk within my house with a perfect heart. I WILL
 
set no wicked thing beforemine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. Afroward heart shall depart from me: I WILL
 
 NOT
 
know a wicked person” [Psalm101:2-4]Commenting on the above verse in relation to David’s fall with Bathsheba, Pink says – “Note the repeated “I will” in the above passage, and learn therefrom howmuch the “will” of man is worth”!Think of some of your own ‘resolutions’ . . . Didn’t you say the same thing lastyear, and the year before? Perhaps this is a good indicator that we have a bigger  problem on our hands than just not keeping our vows. The bigger problem is thatwe’re not very good at doing what we know is for our own good. This shouldreveal that, lurking subtly behind bad eating habits, persistent debt and slackingspirituality, are character flaws that are not essentially behavioral but existential.Our failures have less to do with WHAT WE DO AND MORE WITH WHO WEARE.Our resolutions reflect our hopes of becoming a better "me."Who would consider it a “meaningful” endeavor to succeed in eating healthy for one year, only to ruin their health in subsequent years? Who would consider it“responsible” to pay off a large amount of debt in a year, only to accrue more debtin the years to follow? These changes we like to see in our lives and vow to makeare changes we want to see for the rest of our lives, not just for a year.And that’s probably what most of us intend when we set down our resolutions. Butif the CHANGE IS NOT IN OUR BEING, THE CHANGE WILL NEVER BEPERMANENT. Whatever we resolve to do in the upcoming year, we shouldresolve to be that for the rest of our lives.
 
What we really need are LIFETIME resolutions—because if it's truly worth doing,it’s probably worth living for.This emphasis on being is important because our actions can only take us to acertain threshold, whereas our being takes the baton and finishes the race. If no"being" is there to greet us, then our actions are just a cumbersome charade, not away to victory. The kind of victory God desires for us is TOTAL. God wants bothour hearts and our hands, our joy and our obedience, our being and our doing. Andthis not for a year, but for eternity.Our failures have less to do with what we do and more with who we are.But we must address another tempting misconception.Lingering behind the excitement of welcoming the new "me" is the rather misguided confidence in our own ABILITY. We’re tempted to think our characterscan be changed in a year simply because WE PROCLAIM IT TO THE WORLDAND WRITE SO IN OUR DIARIES. To this, James would say, " But now yerejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil" [James 4:16]. Our words failus. So do our deeds.“For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do”![Romans 7:19]Our hope must be in words and works that do not fail. We need to put our hope insomething more consistent, an absolute anchor that wills for us when our behaviorsfall short (and they will fall short) [Phil 2:13]. We need our Shepherd right therewith us, to help us press on, albeit inconsistently, toward being made complete[Philippians 3:14].The profitable motivation behind setting up New Year’s resolutions is not "I’ve notdone what I should’ve done" but "I’m not yet who I’m meant to be."We need take our eyes off our abilities and our accomplishments and look onceagain at the perfect image we want to be conformed to: the Lord Jesus Christ. Hehas performed what our behaviors can never accomplish and set us free from theobligation to perform perfectly by His promise to perfect us in His time[Philippians 1:6]. Both by His words and deeds, we know God cares for us morethan we can ever care for ourselves.

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