Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year!

Now is the time of year that we make our New Year’s Resolutions. It has been said that most people will only keep their resolutions for three months.

No mater how many new resolutions we make, none of them matter as much as God's new resolution.  One day all of the things we cherish will pass away and God will make everything new. 

Today, we will address some of the most common New Year’s Resolutions in a spiritual way.

10 Common New Year's Resolutions. 

1.  To loose weight.

Matthew 10: 21-39 "Brother will betray bother to death, and a father his child;  children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death.  All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved." "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but can not kill the soul.  Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."

Psalm 68:19 “Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.”

Galatians 6:2 “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.”

Isaiah 9:6 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government  and peace there will be no end.”
2.  To improve memory.

Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 "Hear, O Israel:  The Lord our God is one God.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your foreheads.  Write them on the door frames of your house and on your gates." 

 3.  To increase strength.

Isaiah 40:  28-31 - "Why do you say, O Jacob, and complain, O Israel, my way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?  Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;  but those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles;  they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." 

4.  To stop worrying.

Matthew 6:  31-33 "do not worry saying, 'what will we eat?' or 'what will we drink?' or 'what shall we wear?'  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first the kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."

5.  To make new friends.

Proverbs 18: 24 "A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother."

Proverbs 19: 4 "Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man's friends deserts him."

 6.  To make more money.

Matthew 6: 24 "No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money."

1 Timothy 6: 3-10 "If any teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing.  He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

7.  To maintain good health.

Proverbs 3: 7-8 "Do not be wise in your own eyes;  fear the Lord and shun evil.  This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones." 

Proverbs 4: 7,22 "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom.  Though it cost you all you have, get understanding. ... for they are life to those who find them and health to a man's whole body." 

8.  To be more productive.

Colossians 3: 23-24 "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord Christ you are serving."

 9.  To rest & relax more.

Matthew 11: 28-30 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."   

10.  To do something for someone else.

Romans 10: 4, 9-13 "Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.  ... That if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.  As the Scripture says, 'Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.'  For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, 'Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' "  

This year, we have all made New Year’s Resolutions. Some of them we will keep and some we will not. But most importantly, we should all make leading someone to Christ a New Year’s Resolution that we keep.

The plan of salvation is simple:

1.  Confess - "Jesus is Lord." 2.  Believe in your heart - "God raised Jesus from the dead." 

CONFESS - Jesus is Lord. 
REPENT - of your sins.
BELIEVE - God raised Jesus from the dead. 
RECEIVE - Jesus as Lord of your life.

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