Top 10 Christian New Year’s Resolutions

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1.To know God the Father’s unconditional love for me.

(Scripture Ref: 1 John 4:8)

 

2. To not try earn His love and acceptance by works or striving.

(Scripture Ref: Eph 1:6)

 

3. To know it is by grace through faith in Christ alone that I am saved.

(Scripture Ref: Eph 2:8)

 

4. To believe there is now no longer any condemnation for I am – ‘In Christ Jesus’ – a new creation.

(Scripture Ref: Rom 8:1)

 

5. To lay hold of all that Christ Jesus has laid hold of me – ie, to know I have a purpose and destiny ‘In Christ’.

(Script Ref: Ps 20:4)

 

6. To be Blessed so that I might be a Blessing to others.

(Script Ref: Eph 1:3)

 

7. To let go of past hurts, disappointments, failures and ‘what-could-have- been’s’ and to live in the promise and reality of who I am now ‘In Christ’ alone.

(Scripture Ref: Phil 3:14)

 

8. To be all that God has called me to be, and to seek help to discover what that is.

(Scripture Ref: Col 1:9,10)

 

9. To know that it is no longer I that lives, but Jesus Christ that lives – and to live out of Him alone. 

(Script Ref: Gal 2:20)

 

10. To deliberately pursue the presence of God in my heart.

(Scripture Ref: Psalm 16:11)

 

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The Love of God

L. Learning to engage the Grace of God in relationship with one’s self and with others.

O. Offering up our own agenda in preference to God’s agenda.

V. Valuing ourselves and others regardless of where we are in our journey’s of Grace.

E. Empowering ourselves and others with the finished work of the Cross of Calvery.

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New Year. New Life.

At the beginning of this new year I am thinking of a need for something new, something to really grab hold of and put my faith in – a New Life, if you will. The year has had it’s fair share of up’s and down’s and I wanting to seek the Lord for His direction over a number of issues.

At times like this, I imagine I am seated at a beautiful pool in the Garden of the Lord. The sun filters through leafy branches and birds chatter out of view.
I begin to wonder what life would have been like before the Fall. Before Adam fell for Satan’s temptations. Before we lost our intimate relationship with God. And before we got so confused about life.

I long to return to that relationship. And as I sit pondering that possibility, I am drawn to a peaceful place in my heart. This is the place where I begin to commune with the Lord. It is an opportunity to hear from Him anew.

“The truth is Peter,” He begins, “you have not lost relationship with Me. The effects of the Fall have not touched your Born-Again spirit. Our relationship is perfectly intact. Welcome to your New Year. And welcome to your New Life.”

“Ok Lord,” I counter. “So why am I constantly affected by the ups and downs of life. Things are never straight forward; there’s always some problem or other needing sorting out.”

I ask the question in a slightly tongue-in-cheek manner, knowing the answer but wanting to express something of my frustration.

“My son, I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you to Myself, and you will be with Me forever. Yes, there will be tribulations in this life – but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.”

I contemplate His words in my heart. I chew them over – analyse them – and finally choose to take the role of ‘devil’s advocate…

“Yes Lord, it’s true – You have overcome the World. But I haven’t! I am very much in the World and the World has a direct affect on me: my mind, my will and emotions. So how does that help me?”

There follows an awkward silence. I wonder if I have expressed too much unbelief – disrespect even! I choose to bring my attention back to the gentle rhythm of water splashing into the Pool. Birds still chatter and flutter in the trees and the sun still dapples brightly on the water. God is still very much with me.

I have a choice, as ever, to choose either new life in Him or the old life in Me!
His life is Eternal Life but my life is temporary. Yet even in this temporary life of tribulations I am still in Eternal Life ‘In Him.’ And so, I take from my pocket my pen and pad and begin to write a ‘Blue Print’ plan for my life: How to live my life ‘In Him’ – that is ‘in Christ’ – and not in me.

* Remain, in my heart, bowed before the finished work of the Cross.
* Fear-not! But rest in His Love.
* Speak out the Truth of what God say’s about me in His Word.
* Pray in tongues – regularly!
* Praise Him and thank Him for His new life in me.
* Humble myself.
* Stand still and I will see the Salvation of the Lord God who is with me.
* Choose to live out of Him and out of His new life.

Pleased with my efforts, I pack my belongings to leave. And as I do so I hear the Lord say: “Are you wanting to leave me now?”

I pause and bow my head to focus on that place in my heart where He lives.

“No Lord,” I reply. “No Lord, I’m taking You with me!”

“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”

When I was in my teens, the trend was to ‘do your own thing!’ To drop out, to go find yourself; free love etc.

And so I did!

I dropped out of my job and went to live by the sea. I sunbathed, stayed out late at night, partied and did just about everything else that pertains to a life of ungodliness!

But it didn’t work. I was as much bound in my heart and soul – even more so than before! I still hadn’t found what I was looking for!

And so I tried pursuing a New Age life style. I travelled, meditated, restricted my diet to certain vegetarian foods and I drank only herbal tea or purified water.

I abstained from TV; never read newspapers nor pulp-fiction books. I did everything I could to find an esoteric lifestyle of ‘freedom’ from the pollution of the world without.

But it didn’t work! I was still trapped in ‘Me, me, me!’ – only in a different way.

Some time later, as I began to integrate myself back into ‘normal life’, I found that being relatively normal was actually ok; far better than where I’d come from in the ‘New Age’ lifestyle. But still, there was definitely something missing.

I tried writing about my endeavours to find meaning and purpose through my different experiences. I wrote songs about normal things: unrequited love, romance, fun and sometimes poetic. I became successful in business; had plenty of great friends; enjoyed a life pusuing the normal things of life, and yet, deep down I knew there was still something missing! Like the U2 song:
“I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.”

Perhaps, I thought, If I try to be a better person I might find a deeper sense of peace and purpose. I did charitable deeds – I gave much money away; I helped people by being friendly to them. I offered them a listening ear where necessary.

But, amazingly, there was still something missing!

I became ill – very ill! There I was committed to a business, having various interests that kept me busy evenings and weekends whilst all the time feeling wretchedly ill. It became a ‘nightmare!’

And so I quit! I packed up the business; quit my singing engagements; left town and focussed wholeheartedly on ‘getting-well.’ But, the question nagging away at me was: “Why on earth would I want to be well?” I hadn’t been happy when I was well, neither was I happy being unwell, but at least being ill I wasn’t wasting time, money and energy pursuing the elusive ‘happiness.’
And so, I focussed on being ill!

I read everything I could about my condition: ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,’ or sometimes called ‘M.E.’ I tried various cures, diets and therapies, I spent vast amounts of money, but it didn’t work. And so, finally, I ended up living back at my Parents, being cared for by them. I rested, ate well and felt a relative safety and comfort, which actually did me a lot of good.

One day, laying on my bed concentrating on ‘being well’, I had a thought: I’d remembered there was a family Bible – an Authorised king James version, leather bound with beautiful illustrations.

I rummaged through drawers, cupboards and cabinets and eventually found it in the drawer right next to where I’d laid on the bed.

I embraced the book like it were a long lost friend. I held it close to my chest, tears rolling down my cheeks. And all the time I was shivering with anticipation as I remembered the sheer delight I’d had as a child looking at the pictures and reading the stories.

Carefully I flicked through the pages, observing the elegant page layout and decorative fonts, and then I came upon the picture I’d unconsciously held in my heart all my life. It was of of Jesus, robed in his white linen garments; His eyes a flame of fire – compassionate, loving and kind. And above Him was a Halo effect – identifying Him as the One sent by God the Father to rescue us from ‘ourselves.’

And in that moment, I realised that after all the years of seeking meaning and purpose in life, I’d finally found what I’d been looking for. He’d been there all the while, waiting, forgiving and drawing me back to Him – the Truth I’d long-forgotten!

Twenty years later, I still have definately found what I am looking for.

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