Monthly Archives: January 2014

Resolutions

Have you broken your New Year’s resolutions yet? I read where only 8% of people keep their resolutions beyond two weeks. So I know I’m in the majority. This year was going to be different after all I am seeking God’s will for my life and drawing closer to Him. So naturally I would be more disciplined. Not really.
Even Paul struggled with doing the right thing. In Romans 7:15 he says, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” We all have a strong human nature and we do what that nature wants even when we seek to be spiritual.
Making a resolution once a year will not change our worldly habits. We must turn to God and His promises daily, hourly or even minute by minute. Fortunately, we have a loving God who will forgive us minute by minute when we ask.
If you are among the 92% who fail to keep New Year’s resolutions forgive yourself and move ahead, don’t beat yourself up over it. Use this time to re-evaluate your goals but don’t give up on yourself. Your Creator hasn’t.

What are you looking forward to this year? Is God in your plans?

New Years Blessing

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26

This is my wish for you in the coming New Year. It was a Aaronic benediction used by priests in the Old Testament. The phrase “make his face shine upon you” was meant as “may you have acceptance and favor with the Lord” (according my NIV study Bible). When I read it, I had a different picture.

The image I saw was a mother watching her precious child through sparkling eyes, her face shining with unconditional love. That is the way I like to think of my Lord looking over me. He is beaming with acceptance because I am His. I don’t have to hope for or look for His favor. It is already there.

Each day, may you remember that this Priestly Blessing is yours to claim and know that His face does shine upon you, His precious child.

How you drawing closer to the Lord this year?