PROGRESS ON RESOLUTIONS

It is almost the end of the month, so let us look at the resolutions that we made on January 1st.  Oh, have you forgotten them already? 

It occurs to me that my problem is that I made the resolution by myself.  I forgot to consult my Lord.  I guess I thought that I would just do it my way!  It is no wonder that my resolutions are a failure.  I cannot do anything positive without the help of Jesus.  In the words of a Southern Gospel song: “I can’t even walk without Him holding my hand.”

Remember the words of Jesus in John 15:5: “I am the vine, you are the branches.  He who abides in Me,and I in him, bears much fruit, for without Me you can do nothing”.  I am useless except I abide in Jesus Christ.  Praise the Lord for Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Luke 12 tells of a man who made plans without consulting God.  He had a good crop and decided to build more barns to hold the harvest.  Verses 19 and 20: “And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink and be merry.  But God said to him, Fool!  This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?”

The best thing to do with resolutions is to make them only after listening to God.  I think planning and setting goals is a good thing.  However, as Christians, we need to seek God’s will and His wisdom before we determine our plans.

I believe that I will re-visit my resolutions.  Scripture tells us that unless God builds the house, the labor is in vain.  If God doesn’t reveal His plans for us, our plans are in vain. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”. Matthew 6:33.

Somebody has said that resolutions are made to be broken.  I believe that God blesses those who resolve to walk more closely with Jesus every day.  May God Bless you as you walk close to Him this year!