Jonathan Edwards, the great 18th century New England preacher and theologian wrote 70 resolutions at a young age that he looked at frequently. Here are two of them:
- “Resolved, Never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.”
- “Resolved, To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.”
A good resolution for you this coming year might be to have a greater and more consistent awareness of God's presence. There is no better way to encourage resolution than to be regular in your reading of the scriptures and faithful in prayer. The combination of the Word and prayer is one of the most powerful tools given to keep our eyes on Jesus.
There are any number of devotionals and Bible reading plans available on the internet. I believe the key is a realistic and consistent plan. A few minutes are better than no minutes. The more consistent you are the more time you will find. A good quiet time is something that will not only prepare you for the day but actually propel you into it as well. It should be something that helps you see Jesus throughout the day so you are actually talking to him at different times and circumstances. Not just when things are going wrong!
Yes, resolve to know him better but also to see him more clearly.
Happy New Year!
Another ministry that could use your prayers and presence is our college ministry, Tenth College Fellowship, led by Nick Owens. Tenth is a very strategic location surrounded by a number of colleges and universities.
Would you resolve to pray for this ministry, perhaps monthly? Nick and his staff are doing a lot with a little, and the Lord is richly blessing their work. There are anywhere from 20-30 students who come to the Sunday morning Bible study and then worship. Be sure to thank Nick personally and even volunteer to help at an event or ask him how you can help.
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