Happy New Year! I know this is 7 days late but I have been chewing on this for several days now. As I have reflected upon the past year and started thinking about the new year, many things have been whirling around my mind.
This past Sunday, I heard a great message called “Rethinking Resolutions” by Jeremiah Sarvis, who preached on Lamentations 3:19-24 (HCSB) which says,
Remember my affliction and my homelessness,the wormwood and the poison.I continually remember themand have become depressed.Yet I call this to mind,
and therefore I have hope:Because of the Lord’s faithful lovewe do not perish,for His mercies never end.They are new every morning;great is Your faithfulness!I say: The Lord is my portion,
therefore I will put my hope in Him.”
“Live in the moment. Live in the present. Know God now. Stop living in a past you cannot change and a future that is not here now. Embrace Him now.”
“There are only two options regarding commitment.You’re either IN or you’re OUT. There is no such thing as life in-between.”
Pat Riley, Former NBA player
So I am going to make Two Commitments that I will do in 2015 to develop my walk with God that will express to Him that “I am All IN.”
Commitment #1. Unstoppable Determination for His Holiness.
I was reading a devotion from “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, and read this phrase, “My Unstoppable Determination for His Holiness” which just struck a chord in my spirit! He said,
“Whether it means life or death-it makes no difference!” (see Philippians 1:21). Paul was determined that nothing would stop him from doing exactly what God wanted. But before we choose to follow God’s will, a crisis must develop in our lives. This happens because we tend to be unresponsive to God’s gentler nudges. He brings us to the place where He asks us to be our utmost for Him and we begin to debate. He then providentially produces a crisis where we have to decide— for or against. That moment becomes a great crossroads in our lives. If a crisis has come to you on any front, surrender your will to Jesus absolutely and irrevocably.
This is my heart’s desire that “nothing would stop me from doing exactly what God wants” so that I will grow closer to Him and operate in all the fruits of the Holy Spirit to be more and more like Jesus! I have been evaluating how I have been spending my time from what I am watching, listening to, reading and even drinking. I want to live 2015 in an intentional way to grow in Holiness.
I have done pretty good about getting up early from Monday through Friday and spending time reading the bible, journaling and praying, but once the weekend comes I tend to slack off and not read anything. Now I am not trying to be legalistic that you have to read the bible every day, BUT you know that part of growing or developing in any area is by practice. So if I am going to “grow in holiness,” then I need to be feeding my mind, body and spirit with those things that will accomplish my commitment. Proverbs 15:14 (NLT) says,
“A wise person is hungry for knowledge, while the fool feeds on trash.”
Reminds me of the “Garbage in, garbage out” principle…If I am reading trash, watching trash, or drinking trash then what is going to be the result? Even if it is only in small amounts, I know myself, I need to be very careful because just like it only takes a drop of strychnine in a glass of water to kill the body, so it only takes small doses of compromise to derail our walk with God.
“The more of God’s Word we know and the more reminding ourselves of His truths, the less dependent we become on others to snap us out of negative spirals. We can begin to rely on God’s Spirit to renew our minds so we can get back to doing whatever God has called us to do.”
It is not that “I have to read the bible;” as much as it is that “I want to read the bible!” I shared in a few months ago about the importance of Reading the Bible in the ★ Thought for the Day – All About The Big Ten ★ post that you can read if you are interested. By reading God’s Word I know my perspective will become aligned properly and I will see things for what they really are.
Isaiah 43:19 (NASB) says,
“Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.
Do you believe that God is going to do something new this year? I do!