It is 2011. New years day has come and gone, and millions of people stayed up until midnight to “bring in the new year” and make their new years resolution. Resolution. Something you promise yourself you will do before the year is up. Such as lose weight or learn to play guitar, or do more charity work.
Though there is nothing wrong with trying to better yourself in one aspect of your life, the problem with resolution is 95% of people break 95% of their resolutions. Or forget about their Resolution at the end of the year. So though you “may or may not” truly mean it at the first of the year, by the time you come close to fulfilling your Resolution, you have already forgotten it. Some people even make their resolution to QUIT something. Such as smoking, eating unhealthy or even being lazy. And when February comes around, they hadn’t quit, don’t intend to, and forgot about their Resolution, their promise to themselves.
But you know, the bible says in Matthew 5 33-37 not to swear at all. Not for yourself, on God, heaven, earth or anything. But you should only say yes, or no. Anything else beyond that comes evil. Lost yet? That means you don’t swear or promise on yourself or on your dog or swear to God that something is true or not true. Instead just say yes or no. Some people don’t see that much of a sin, but God said He did not like it, just the same as He said He don’t like you to kill. A sin is a sin in the eyes of God no matter how big or small. No sin can enter in so if you have that sin in your life, repent of it lest you are cast in the lake of fire.
But instead of making Resolutions, how about getting a Revelation. A Revelation is the act of revealing or disclosure. What significance does that have with new years? Well a Resolution is something you want, and swears to do for that year, with no thought of the past. A Revelation is a moment where you reflect on the previous year, realize your flaws that separate you from Christ, and strive to do better. For example:
“Last year I brought 2 people to God, in 365 days i only brought 2 people! I have GOT TO DO BETTER THAN THAT!!! “
“Last year I disappointed God by acting worldly, giving my friends the wrong impression of who I really am. I have got to start standing my ground and showing the world I’m a Christian.”
And after every revelation, should follow a prayer. Such as the first example the prayer should sound like,
“Lord, I’m sorry I was not faithful in bringing the lost to you! Help me, by giving me more opportunities!”
The second is fairly simple,
“Lord, I’m sorry I have disappointed you, Help me learn to become e better example to my family and friends!
Notice how every prayer starts with “Lord, I’m Sorry”
This is because when you reflect on what you have done the previous year, you realize that somewhere, you were wrong. And you need forgiveness before asking the Lord to help you fix it. Otherwise, its pointless. Instead of swearing that you will do something, or quit something for your Resolution, Reflect, and ask the Lord for forgiveness to help you accomplish something you need to work on. Give yourself a Revelation.
“To forgive my neighbor 70 times 7 and to bring more lost to the pathway of heaven, is my Revelation for 2011“