New Year New Beginning
We always hear about New Year's resolutions. We make them and resolve to follow through, but somehow we just don't get around to them. So here are some important ways biblically to not only make a resolution for the better year but a life change that can absolutely make a difference:
- Be sure to start each day and end each day speaking and listening to God. Through prayer and supplication which is the act of making oneself humble before God , not praying like your making an order at the drive through window of your favorite fast food place. Make sure you take the time to commune with God as you would a spouse. You wouldn't bark out and not listen to or discuss in a loving way to the one you're married to, then why treat God with lesser respect. Jesus said if the love for him should appear so great that in comparison to the others we love would almost seem a preferential difference that we appear to despise even our spouse in comparison.
- Let God speak: read His word for the context not just the content. Really study what it says and why. Ask yourself how it could apply to you as you read. And remember that studying the word of God is not just reading to be reading as you would a novel. God's word is alive and are the thoughts of God towards us, so let him speak; even if the terminology is difficult. Use a good Bible dictionary or commentary to help get a deeper understanding.
- Live your life as Jesus commanded. If he said do it then do it, if he said not do it then don't do it. Remember we show love and respect for him when we keep His commandments.
Micah 6:8 " No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good,
and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."