Every new year is looked upon with hopeful anticipation, especially if the last twelve months were filled with pain, disappointment and hardship. We long for change, to start over which is the promise of the new year.
Many, myself included, ponder the past year and resolve to make certain plans to get rid of bad habits and begin new beneficial ones. By the end of January, I find myself failing miserably at the attempts of change I have made on my own.
Paul’s statement to the Galatian church should ring in our ears when we seek to implement change. He said, “After starting your Christian lives in the spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human efforts?” (Galatians 3:3 NLT). He was speaking of pursuit of religion, but we can apply that to our own lives. We belong to Christ and our lives are to bring him glory.
I believe that the evil one looks at January with an amount of pleasure. Remember his purpose is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) and that means everything, all our hope, faith, purpose and joy. When we fail at our attempts of change, he wins another battle. He knows we live in an instant gratification world and it affects Christians just like anyone else. We must remember where our life comes from. Jesus said also in John 10:10 that he came to give us life to the full.
So how are we supposed to make changes? The Lord is the one who inspires change. Have you heard him lately? Listen quietly for that still small voice, He will tell you what you need to do. “If we confess our sin he is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from every wrong” (1 John 1:9 NLT). His faithful love endures through all circumstances.
Let’s make the resolution to seek his face, listen for his voice, do as he says and confess our sins when we fail. If we can resolve to implement this lifestyle, the Lord will make 2010 a year to remember!
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