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Resolutions

Garden Path and Gate“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” Luke 9:51 (NIV)

I’m looking forward to what this new year will bring and what new resolutions I will be making. I so often feel like I don’t accomplish my resolutions and I wondered how I had done on those I had made this past year.

As I looked back at two of my posts transitioning from 2011 to 2012, I realized I had really only made two resolutions. One was about getting rid of the old. This included old stuff as well as old attitudes. The other was to be resolved to know Christ more.

They are both hard to measure. Have I ever really reached the end of getting rid of bad attitudes? Somehow they creep back and settle on in. I continue to accumulate stuff so at some point it will all be old as well. When do I know I know Christ more? There will never be an end to what there is to know so how do I move forward in what I do know trusting even in what I don’t?

As I type this blog, my youngest daughter is cleaning out her room. For anyone who knows her, she is organized, responsible, and diligent. What they don’t see is her room: the one place she doesn’t care to care about. Her comment today about the amount of stuff in her room, on the floor and taking up space was, “If I have a bed to collapse on, I’m good!”

Unfortunately, I care about the state of her room so over the school break she is dusting, vacuuming and reorganizing which includes going through every piece of clothing and memorabilia she has. In the process of just doing it, she has found “the zone” and is ready to get rid of anything and everything taking up space without a purpose.

It’s fabulous! I’m grinning from ear to ear!

As we have drawn closer to the end of the year, I realize that there are many attitudes and behaviors I want to be rid of. It isn’t that there is no purpose in the attitude, the purpose just isn’t a good one.

Did I fall short of past my resolution? Did I not really care about this resolution? I have over this past year felt irritated, judgmental, critical, prideful, and unloving. I have said things I shouldn’t have and not said things I should. I have left things undone and done too many things I wish I wouldn’t have. I did not clean out the closets, clean up my house or put myself through an extreme makeover.

But, I did grow closer to God and have come to know Christ more. I backed off a bit on blogging but did write a new Bible study which taught me about the resolution of Jesus.

He had one mission: to reconcile the world to God. In order to accomplish this, He had to be resolved to follow every leading of His Father. Jesus was resolved.

I also realize that the only way I can truly be resolved to shed the old is to know Jesus more.

“Whoever is a believer in Christ is a new creation. The old way of living has disappeared. A new way of living has come into existence.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (GW)

He is the “zone” I need to be in so that I can let go of the old. If I want my old attitude to be made new, I need to be in Christ. I won’t be perfect, but He will continue to work in me. My willingness to be resolved begins with my willingness to abide and stay close to Jesus.

That is my first resolution for this year, to abide in Christ.

Something to Consider…

Resolutions are not just wishes we hope will come true. They are decisions we make based on a firm purpose and determination. We know it matters even if we don’t always know why it matters. We choose to do, not just wish.

Be resolved to abide in Christ. What does this mean in your life? What does it look like? What can you do to draw near to God knowing He will draw near to you?

Be resolved to follow His leading in your life. Every decision results in an action; even inaction is a choice. Because you are abiding, you will be able to better recognize when God shows you an area of your life that He wants to make new. Decide to do what He says and follow His lead.

What’s Your Battle?

What can we say about all this? If God is on our side, can anyone be against us? God did not keep back his own Son, but he gave him for us. If God did this, won’t he freely give us everything else? Romans 8:31-32 (CEV)

I’m doing a Bible study and one of the questions asks, “What’s your current battle?”

There have been so many times in my life when that question has been asked and I could rattle off at least a few issues, if not a list of twenty! Do you know what I mean? There’s so much going on, so many things that seem to be in conflict or at odds with each other.  I can be overwhelmed at the magnitude of the issue or the number of issues that I just want to curl up and not deal with any of them.

I need time to get into God’s Word but I have to get to work and I have a long ride. I need to exercise but I can’t find a time that doesn’t conflict with a meal or sleep. Speaking of sleep, I’m exhausted! How can I go to bed at a decent time when I’ve been out all evening at kid’s activities and still have a few things to wrap up at home?

And those are just the day-to-day activities. Add in conflicts, misunderstandings and judgmental criticisms to the mix and the day-to-day just got messier. What about those habits you’ve been wanting to change and for whatever reason you are not resolved to carry it out. You feel you have no will power and just want to forget about it; be content where and how you are.

But you’re not content. No matter how hard you try, you can’t let it go. You concentrate on your failure not your desire, your outcome not your source. The big picture of it all overwhelms your need in the moment.

Does it sound like I know what I’m talking about? Think I’ve been there a time or two?

Oh, the battles I’ve faced. I would cry in remembering if it wasn’t for the good and gracious love of my Savior. Then again, there are times that I just have to cry in acknowledging that He did carry me through. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a lot of work to do. I have choices to make and must act; but when I give it to Him and ask Him to help me in my situations, in my human condition, He works in me to help me see His truth in my battle.

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 (NIV)

As we follow His lead, He straightens out our mess, brings clarity to our confusion and gives us peace in our uncertainty.

Something to Consider…

If you know and trust Jesus, you already have the One with you who has overcome the world. If you don’t know Jesus, you can ask Him into your heart right now. You can ask Him to be the leader of your life. He always says, “Yes!”

What battle do you face today? Be honest with God and let Him know everything that concerns you.

What answer are you hoping for? Ask Him into your battle and let Him show you His answer.