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Let the Lord Choose Your New Year’s Resolutions


1 John 5:14-15

The coming of a new year brings renewed enthusiasm for making changes in our lives. If you’re like a lot of people, you exuberantly make resolutions for the upcoming 12 months, but within a few weeks or maybe even days, motivation wanes, and you find yourself right back in old habits.

Why not try something different this year? Take some time to be alone with God, and ask Him what He would like to do in your life. Since He promises to give us whatever we ask that is in alignment with His will, we can depend upon His faithfulness to accomplish our resolution.

So, what is God’s goal for you this year?

The Lord desires your commitment to Him.

  • Make the decision to follow Him wholeheartedly (Luke 9:23, 57-62).

  • Sacrificially consecrate yourself—body, mind, and lifestyle—to Him (Rom. 12:1-2).

He wants a deeper relationship with you.

  • Set the goal of knowing Christ intimately and pursuing His calling for you (Phil. 3:7-14).

  • Seek to grow in your love for God (Luke 10:27) and to comprehend the fullness of His love for you (Eph. 3:14-21).

The Lord delights in transforming you into Christ’s likeness.

  • Let the Holy Spirit produce fruit that is currently lacking in your life (Gal. 5:16-26).

  • Pick a characteristic described in Paul’s prayer, and ask the Lord to produce it in you (Col. 1:9-12).

  • Seek to add to your life one of the qualities described in 2 Peter 1:2-11.

He wants to empower you to live victoriously.

  • Learn to live in Christ’s victory over your old sin nature (Rom. 6:5-18).

  • Take your place as a spiritual warrior, and stop being Satan’s victim (Eph. 6:10-18).

  • Make the will of God your priority, not the things of the world (1 John 2:15-17).

Questions for Reflection

1. Think about a current area of struggle in your life. What do you suppose is the root issue behind this weakness? How can you cooperate with the Lord as He works to lead you to victory this year?

2. How confident are you that God can overcome a characteristic or habit that you’ve repeatedly failed to conquer? Which is stronger—your stronghold or almighty God?

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