What Are Your New Year’s Spiritual Resolutions?

I’m not talking about goals to write down where you set yourself up for failure. We all do that year in and year out. What I mean by spiritual resolutions, is to prayerfully formulate an incremental set of steps for deepening your relationship with God and Jesus. The formulating is not that difficult because God has already given us the steps. We only have to mine His word to find them.

 Our relationship with the Godhead is never in stasis. Either we’re drawing nearer, or we are drifting back into the world. We all have an innate desire to be as close as possible to our Creator, having intimacy with the Source of all love. To have that happen, we must nurture that relationship; and in so doing, we will nurture ourselves and those around us. God is good. Let’s go after Him…

 Let’s begin by focusing on our target, (God), to clarify what kind of relationship it is that we are seeking to deepen. Consider that it is God who creates us through Christ, and then covers with His grace:

 “Behold, I am with you and will keep [careful watch over you and guard] you wherever you may go…” Gn. 28:15 AMP

 He makes a promise to fill your life with abundance:

  “For I will look upon you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you, and confirm My covenant with you.” Lv. 26:9 NKJV

 God heals you and delivers you from any bondage put upon you, or that you may have placed upon yourself:

 “For I am the LORD who heals you.” Ex. 15:26 NKJV

 I am the LORD your God…and I broke the bars of your yoke…and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk upright [with heads held high as free men]. Lv. 26:13 AMP

God does all these things and more, all out of His immeasurable love for you:

“You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.” Ex. 15:13 ESV

“…for nothing can hinder the LORD from saving by many or by few.” 1 Sam. 14:6 ESV

“Does God not see my ways and count all my steps?” Job 31:4 AMP

We can take all of this to the bank, because God never reneges on His word:

‘…I will never break My convenient with you.’ Judges 2:1 NKJV

But we are human. We make mistakes and do so repeatedly. We fall off of our God-path. Still, our God loves us so much, that He makes a clear way to get back together with Him:

…for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn His face from you if you return to Him. 2 Chr. 30:9 NKJV

You are a unique and essential part of God’s plan – both in this life and the life beyond:

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. Ps. 91:11 ESV

…God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me. Ps. 49:15 NKJV

You can’t find a better deal in the universe. This is the God, the only God that has you covered on all sides with love, peace, joy and protection – forever. He is the one to have the resolve for, to be in relationship with. But it’s up to us to keep that relationship vibrant. Let’s let God show us how…

One of the perks of having a right relationship with God is to be the recipient of His blessings. ‘Blessing’ has been defined to mean ‘a special favor generated by God,’ ‘something promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity,’ or ‘to favor with talent.’ We are blessed with a holy talent and trust, becoming a channel for God to bless through as well as to. So, because His blessings are so life-enhancing, (spiritually and physically), it behooves us to make a spiritual resolution to keep ourselves in the best position to receive those rewards. How does God say to do that?

But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him. Heb. 11:6 AMP

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing if you obey the commandments of the LORD your God…and the curse if you do not…” Dt. 11:26 – 28. NKJV

No faith, no blessings. If we have faith, it means we believe that God is real and true; and if that is so, we must be obedient to His word. Thus, we resolve to carve out more time to deepen our understanding of Jehovah’s word, so that our obedience increases with each day.

God even shows us many opportunities that exist for receiving His blessings: 1) When we confess and repent we are blessed with forgiveness (Ps. 32:1); 2) When we help others (Ps. 41:1); 3) Help others gain justice (Ps. 106.3); 4) Sharing our blessings (Nm. 24:9; Acts 20:35); 5) Extend mercy and peace to others (Mt. 5:5, 7 & 9); and 6) When we take a stand for Jesus (Mt. 5:10 – 12 & 11:6).

And so, we resolve to remain attuned to when these opportunities arise, so that we may act on them. Our part in keeping those blessings coming, is to express our gratitude to our Father (Ps. 34:1 & 103:2), stay in faith, and allow our blessings to bless those around us. So, our primary resolution includes more time on our knees.

To be continued…

Goodnight and God bless.

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Where Can You Find the Truth?

Many people wake up from slumber and tell themselves they’re hungry. Is that the truth? Of course. A mother or father may gaze upon their child and tell them that they love them. Is that true? Yes. On some level, every parent loves their children.

But what about the weightier things of life – such as the truth regarding right vs. wrong, life and death, or how to achieve your highest and best life? If you’ve been living on this planet for any appreciable time, you know that there are a plethora of opinions regarding these. Some people will tell you that to know the truth is impossible because the truth is relative. (Remember Pilate when He answered Jesus in frustration from his dilemma regarding what to do with Him, saying, “What is truth?” Jn. 18:38).

Is the truth relative? Absolutely not! People only use this ‘untruth’ to justify their aberrant behavior. The ultimate truth is only found in one place – the word of God.

After Joshua had led the Israelites into the Promised Land and divided it amongst the tribes, he addressed them with the Holy Spirit-inspired word of God for the last time:

“And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the LORD your God promised concerning you.” Josh. 23:14 ESV

If none of God’s words fail, it means they can be totally relied upon, thus meaning that they are the truth:

God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Num. 23:19 ESV

God’s word is an extension of Himself. Therefore, God is truth. And as we’ve seen, if the word is truth, it does not change, and neither does God:

The sum of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting. Ps. 119:160 ESV

For I am the LORD, I do not change. Mal. 3:6 NKJV

For His mercy and lovingkindness are great toward us, and the truth and faithfulness of the Lord endure forever. Ps. 117:2 AMP

God is truth. His word is truth. Truth does not change. It’s the same as it was yesterday, as it is today, and it will be the same for all tomorrows. God wants you to have the truth. Why?

Behold You delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart. Ps. 51:86 ESV

…God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Tim. 2:3, 4. ESV

Thus, God plants the truth within those who seek Him so that they can walk His walk for laying hold of their salvation, which grants them eternity with Him.

God began making His truth crystal clear with Moses, continued doing so with the prophets, and culminated the telling of it through His Son:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jn. 14:6 NKJV

Moreover, Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to His apostles (just like He does to His present-day followers) to give them a greater understanding of the truth and of all the benefits that are accorded to those who possess it:

“If you abide in My word [continually obeying My teachings and living in accordance with them, then] you are truly My disciples. And you will know the truth [regarding salvation], and the truth will set you free [from the penalty of sin].” Jn. 8:31, 32. AMP

So, truth frees us from death, liberates us from the corruption that is festering in the world, sets us loose to love and be loved, and opens our heart to hear the voice of God:

“Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Jn. 18:37 NKJV

Finally, let us not forget that God is love (1 Jn. 4:8); therefore, truth must be a requisite part of love:

Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and sincerity). 1 Jn. 3:18 AMP

All truth ultimately lies within Love…

Goodnight and God bless.