Monday, December 29, 2014


Encouragement for your daily walk with God

This is the time of year when people either start thinking about New Year resolutions or start making a list of New Year resolutions. Since I’m a guy who doesn’t like to fail at things, I make resolutions that I can keep. Here are the first two on my list: January 1, 2015 - I’m going to procrastinate more … starting tomorrow! And, January 1, 2015 - I’m going to watch less TV … switching to 4.3 aspect ratio.

For the most part, people make resolutions for health, success, and prosperity. There is a permanent source of encouragement for these issues at our fingertips, the Bible. That’s right, God’s special love letter to you is a ready resource for the things that matter most, because it helps us to see important issues from an eternal perspective…God’s perspective. 

If you want to make a resolution that really matters, consider this one: Beginning today, I will spend more time in God’s Word. What difference will that make, you ask? 

For one thing, you will be a stronger person. King David said if a person delights in the Word of God, “…he will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” [Psalm 1:3]. 

That, in and of itself, should be enough to inspire a delight in God’s Word, but wait, there’s more! The author of Hebrews said it will help keep our thoughts and attitudes on track. Listen to this, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” [Hebrews 4:12]. 

Isn’t it great that we have at our disposal a unique, powerful book, this Bible! It is filled with everything we need to live godly in this world. Peter knew that only too well. He wrote “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know Him, the one who called us to Himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of His glory and excellence, He has given us great and precious promises [found in the Bible]. These are the promises that enable you to share His divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires [2 Peter 1:3-4].

If you’re going to make a resolution this year, make a life-changing one. Get wrapped up in God’s Word.

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:8

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