New Year’s Resolutions – Part One

Often we look at the natural when making New Year’s resolutions. You know, exercise more, lose weight, change jobs, buy some new clothes, spend less time on Facebook. As a Christian maybe you are looking at reading your Bible more consistently, praying more frequently, starting to record your spiritual journey in a journal, or a number roof other good decisions and goals.

However, we need to stop and think about what Jesus would have us set as New Year’s resolutions. And, we don’t need to guess as they are actually stated in the Bible.

Let me set them out for us … and make a comment or two…

1> COMMIT YOURSELF TO FORGET YOUR FAILURES

2000 years ago one the first Christian leaders, Paul, gave this advice: “Forgetting what is behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for which 1 God has called me heavenwards in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

For many of us our failures are painful memories.
Maybe for you it is a memory of how you failed in a relationship. You made the wrong decisions, said and did the wrong things and the relationship ended.
Some of you who are parents probably know that you failed your children in some way
People are aware that they have failed their parents
And it’s more than likely that many of us have failed ourselves in some ways.

What God’s Word is saying is that we must not allow ourselves to be bogged down by our past failures.
That we have not dwell on our past so that it stops us moving forward into the future that God has for us.

That was then (2014) – This is now (2015)

I think that the start of New Year is a good time for you to rise to that challenge. To say to yourself: “I am going to, with help of God, forget my past. I am going to stop torturing myself about what I did or didn’t do.”

This New Year is a good time to stop being chained to your past failures.

God is saying here in His Word that he doesn’t want you to go through your life branding yourself as a failure. Jesus died on the cross so that we can be forgiven. When we became Christians that forgiveness becomes a reality in our lives

With Christ’s forgiveness we can then forgive ourselves and forget our failures.

Do you need to do that – right here at the end of 2014 so that you enter 2015 without being anchored by your past and your failures?

More tomorrow…

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