All Things are Made New
The year is still new enough, that perhaps our resolutions are holding firm, but most of us have experienced that our commitments are like ropes of sand. And yet, we desire and pursue something better. Where does this desire come from? Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. The desire and pursuit of something better is from God. So where should we expect the success to come from? From God, of course. This verse says to will and to do. Here is anther one: 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
My Life Today Devotional
The Way of Righteousness Is Life, January 1, My Consecration Today
In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death. Proverbs 12:28 ML 5.1
Another year now opens its fair unwritten pages before you. The recording angel stands ready to write. Your course of action will determine what shall be traced by him. You may make your future life good or evil; and this will determine for you whether the year upon which you have just entered will be to you a happy new year. (We always say Happy New Year, right? But our participation is required for that to come true, isn’t it?) It is in your power to make it such for yourself and for those around you. ML 5.2
Let patience, long-suffering, kindness, and love become a part of your very being; then whatsoever things are pure and lovely and of good report will mature in your experience. ML 5.3
Angels of God are waiting to show you the path of life.... Decide now, at the commencement of the new year, that you will choose the path of righteousness, that you will be earnest and true-hearted, and that life with you shall not prove a mistake. Go forward, guided by the heavenly angels; be courageous; be enterprising; let your light shine; and may the words of inspiration be applicable to you—“I write unto you, young men, because you are strong and have overcome the wicked one.” ML 5.4
We do that with God’s strength, Amen?
Now all of this sounds so good…but perhaps you have just thought about past resolutions and commitments that have failed. You need to consider where the failure is coming from. Did God fail you? No, we wouldn’t dare say that, …out loud at least, even if we are tempted to think it. Because His word to us is “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Deu 31:8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
So we have to consider other sources that sabotage our desire and successful commitment keeping, right? Because it is not God. He has promised to give us the desire for something better and the accomplishment. So what is getting in the way?
There are five points, and I am going to go through them very rapidly (due to time) this morning for us to consider. At new beginnings, most people say okay this next year I’m going to really do whatever it is; eat better, sleep more like I should-whatever it is.
So the first thing to consider:
1) Perhaps it is possible that we are resolved to take up that which the Lord has not given us to do. The Lord gives us strength and grace for what He calls us to. He may not bless you in something you think you must do, because actually has something He wants you to accomplish.
2) Maybe we are beholding too much of the world, so our spiritual growth and hold is very weak. 2Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. We all have said, by beholding we become changed-there’s the verse referencing that. But we can not expect to become like Christ, and so fulfill the desires that He gives us, if we are not spending time with Him to receive the transforming grace.
3) Maybe we don’t believe God’s promises are for us personally and don’t claim them, and we don’t pray that they be fulfilled in our life. Listen to Mark 9:23-24 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. We can ask the Lord to help our unbelief, and you know what, He will! Amen?
4) It also may be possible that we don’t really want a new life. We still relish the ‘old man’ ways. When that happens, God can not transform us against our free will. “Man must be emptied of self before he can be, in the fullest sense, a believer in Jesus. When self is renounced, then the Lord can make man a new creature.... The love of Christ will animate the believer with new life. In him who looks unto the Author and Finisher of our faith the character of Christ will be manifest” (DA 280.4). Good news, right?
The fifth thing in regards to what is sabotaging:
5) Perhaps, we struggle so much, because we haven’t simply considered the way we go about making new habits stick or fulfilling a commitment. In order to say yes to something, we have to sometimes say no elsewhere. We serve a God of order, and we need to consider what a change calls for. I have shared before that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results. But yet year after year we find ourselves in that mode, don’t we? However, we are admonished to count the cost in Luke 14
Luk 14:28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luk 14:29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
Luk 14:30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
God knows you very well, and He can help you see just what you need to for His will to be fulfilled in you.
I challenge you this year to let God be enough, enough for meeting what this year holds, enough for finishing the work that He has begun in you, and enough for every part of your life to honor Him. As your resolutions and commitments reflect your desire to honor Him, He is longing to give you success and satisfaction.
So take hold of these things that the Lord has given you for this New Year, and say, Lord show me how it is that this will be accomplished. And really sit down and listen to what He is showing. We have to count the cost, new habits won’t happen if there is something else taking its place, commitments won’t be fulfilled if we just expect that someday, they are going to manifest. We have to count the cost. And these other things, I don’t know about you, maybe you relate to one or more of those five points. I know I have at some point in my life, and sometimes even more than one. The enemy is so good at bringing simple things to completely derail us, from the plans and purposes that God has. And we might think, “man, why should I make another New Year’s resolution because it is just going to implode in about two and half weeks, and that will be that.” If God is calling you to something better, and saying my child, this is what I want for you this next year-where is the strength going to come from? If He has given you that desire, He has opened your mind to understand something in a commitment or resolution in your life, He wants to give you that full success. But He has to show us sometimes what is in the way. Are we committed to seeing what’s in the way and setting it aside for His greatest glory and honor this year? Who is with me on this? Amen, praise the Lord! I want to just emphasize our hope is not in the new year, but in the One who makes all things new. Amen? Every week, I put in my journal, sometimes more than once, what I am grateful for is that His mercies are new every morning. Because I don’t need a January first to have a change. Every single day, start with Him and He will give you that victorious life.
Article by Belinda Lowry