My New Year’s resolution is to “Be Still” and “Know God” allowing Him to direct my path for 2009. However, being still doesn’t mean we do nothing. If we want to know God and His ways, we have to be active in our relationship with Him. Just like any other relationship, we have a role to play.
Even after we get to know another person, spouse, or God, we still have to work at our relationship. Change doesn’t come because we make a resolution. Duh! We all know that to be true.
Bad habits can be incredibly difficult to break. (Are you shaking your head in agreement?!) Yet, with the turn of the calendar into a New Year, comes the desire for a fresh start. We want to live healthier, make wiser decisions, get organized, and commit to better relationships.
Commitment is a key word here. In order to break bad habits and bring about lasting change, you and I must commit to make right choices. Christians can experience growth and change by actively committing their lives to the obedience of God’s Word.
The Bible encourages us on our path to newness and change by:
· By the renewing of our minds to think like Christ and becoming a living sacrifice which is holy and pleasing to the Lord. (Romans 12:1-2)
· Once we renew our minds, we are able to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor 10:5)
· We are assured that nothing—no matter what—can separate us from the love God through Christ His Son. (Romans 8-38)
· Most importantly, when we fall into old ways and temptations, we can easily get back on track through repentance and re-commitment. (Col 1:21-23)
· We must not forget this one—when all else fails, God’s mercies are new every day!
Not only that, but you and I also have His divine power that enables us to be victorious!