After midnight on December 31st, a New Year will begin. This year a new life began spiritually, for many youths, adults and children in our church because they were born again. The New Living Translation (NLT) of 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, …” Those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun.”
At the start of every New Year, many people eagerly make resolutions. Most New Year’s resolutions, unfortunately, are broken because they are unrealistic or because we try to achieve them in our own strength. God never intended for believers to achieve anything in their own strength. Part of our new life in Christ includes:
1. A new perspective – Believers have a new way of looking at life, the world, and others.
2. A new power – Believers have the Holy Spirit inside them (Acts 1:8), helping them change (Philippians 2:12,13), helping them resist temptation (1Corinthians 10:13), and making them like Christ (Romans 8:29).
3. A new purpose – Believers now live to glorify and please God (1Corinthians 10:31 and Colossians 3:23).
Here are some realistic resolutions for the New Year. Resolve to:
1. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s help (Romans 8:26).
2. Commit everything you do to the Lord (Psalm 37:5).
3. Seek to please God in all you do. (2 Corinthians 5:9).
4. Stick to your resolution (Psalm 116:14).
For His Glory,
Pastor Bernie Miller