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New Years Resolution

Therefore, if anyone isin Christ, he isa new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2Cor. 5:17 (NKJV)

Well, here it is the first day of, 2021. There will be many New Years Day resolutions made today — resolutions of commitments to change various unhealthy lifestyles and habits.  For many, their New Year’s declaration will be an easy one — “I’m going to exercise and eat better.” Not that exercising and eating better are easy — after all, if they were easy then there would be no need for a recommitment to do so.  

It can be a fight in our flesh to do what is best and right, and it isn’t just cutting back on food, or increasing the amount of exercise we get either, as there can be ongoing struggles in many areas of our lives.  Some of our struggles can come and go, while others seem to continually plague us — these can be a stronghold of the enemy, such as a bad habit, or it can be our allowing his condemnation of our past acts — either way we can find ourselves feeling as though we are losing the battle.  

So, what should we do when we find ourselves feeling this way?  Well, I think the first thing we need to do is to remember who we are — we are follower (Disciples) of Jesus Christ.  According to 2Corinthians 5:17, we are a new creation; the old person we used to be is no longer, and we have been made new.  

Next, we need to let go of those things we have done improperly in the past.  We need to bring them to the cross and confess them for what they are and turn from them.  We must remember that the shed blood of Jesus is sufficient to cover every one of our poor choices. 

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do,forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, Phil. 3:13 (NKJV).

Lastly, but equally important, we need to move forward.  It’s time to be used as a vessel of honor, and this can start today. 

Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless 2Pet. 3:14 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to really think upon these things today.  Choose to be resolute in walking in newness of life.  Choose to allow God to use you as an instrument of righteousness.  You do not have to strive to be used, but you will need to yield to God’s will for you in every thought you have, and in every situation you encounter.  

STUDY QUESTION:  According to the Scriptures in this devotional, what can you learn about your identity and God’s will for your life?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Are you willing to forget those things which are in your past and begin reaching forward to those things that God has ahead for you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Be diligent to be a person of peace; seeking to do God’s will in every situation.  

PRAYER:  Father, thank You for reminding me of who I am in You.  Forgive me for those times where I have allowed the enemy to condemn me for my past or have forgotten who I am in Your Son, Jesus.  Lord, I choose to be used as a vessel of honor in Your hands today.  I invite You to use me.  I ask these things humbly in the precious name of Jesus, amen.

Blessings, Scott



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