As we look forward to the new year traditionally it is the time we make New Year’s resolutions. Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over we start planning for the New Year. It is too easy just to say “I don’t want to do this anymore”, or “I want to do more of this” or something similar. My question is, how can we plan where we want to go if were not sure of where we are or where we have been. It is the opportunity for those of us that call ourselves Christians to assess our walk with Christ. Are we truly living according to His teachings? Are we treating our walk with God as a lifestyle, which is what He wants or as another hobby? A lot of people just do the Sunday routine with holidays and if they really want to be pious they may and occasional Wednesday Bible study. This is not being a Christian. In my opinion it is being what we call “lukewarm”.
While we were growing up some of us came from very supportive households others avoid being told that they would never become anything. Also, some had strong family leadership, and others did not. What you perceive is what you believe. Your personal perception of reality is determined by the beliefs you hold. This does not necessarily make them real, except for the fact that you believe they are. Your beliefs create and dictate what your attitudes are. Your attitudes create and dictate how you respond-in other words, they dictate your feelings. And your feelings largely determine how you behave.
As Christians we should remember we are all created unique and special. God is the potter and we are the clay. He made us all perfect having our own uniqueness. We were made for a purpose. God has a plan for everyone and we are all an individual member of the body of Christ. Whether it is our sex, our skin color, our nationality, or anything else we were created that way by God for a specific reason. Even if were born handicapped or have become handicapped it’s for specific reason and God is going to use that to His glory.
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
In 1 Peter 2:9, in the first word of this epistle, Peter, identifies the author, who called himself “an apostle of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 1:1). He wrote this letter to a group of Christians scattered throughout the northern areas of Asia Minor, where he may have previously preached the gospel.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Here are a few of favorite my expressions to think about when making New Year’s resolutions.
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