Honourable Intentions & Horrible Implementation

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“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey

New Year’s resolutions usually reveal honourable intentions and horrible implementation. It’s not a coincidence that we joke far more about breaking resolutions than we talk about making them. It seems like the best way to break a promise is to make one with your whole heart. What’s the problem? Resolutions focus on you. But revolutions focus on God.

Revolutionary Statement #1: To get an accurate view of yourself, focus on Him!

Agur, who wrote Proverbs chapter 30, gives an excellent example of this kind of focus:

“Surely I am only a brute, not a man;
I do not have human understanding.
I have not learned wisdom,
nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.
Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!”
– verses 2-4

The answer to all of the questions is GOD, not ME. But even the best sounding New Year’s resolutions focus on what you can do rather than on what God has done and is doing. One of the favorite Christian New Year’s resolutions is: I’m going to have a quiet time of prayer and Bible study every day. I’m all for that, by the way, but it sets you up for failure because the focus is on you, and not on Him. Can you see that?

A revolutionary prayer, on the other hand, would be focused on God, asking Him to reveal Himself in any way that He sees fit – through the Word, through prayer, through nature, etc. Someone who makes resolutions believes they can get closer to God by their own strength. But the heart of a godly revolutionary is honest about his ignorance and inability to understand and relate to God on his own.

Lord, I want to know You more. Deep within my soul I want to know You. In the name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I ask that You would stir up this desire I have to be intimate with You. I depend on You today, and every day this year, to reveal Yourself to me in any way that You choose. Amen.

Article by Pete Briscoe

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✞Follower of Christ, Husband, Guitarist, Drummer, Photographer....Oh and i'm also Blind too! 😀

8 Responses to “Honourable Intentions & Horrible Implementation”

  1. Happy New Year Steve and Sarah 🙂 May 2014 be filled with every blessing for you both.

  2. So good! I read this after I wrote my post on the same thing. Happy New Year to you and yours, Steve!!

  3. Love the change in perspective! Happy New Year!

  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  5. ἇRVℎℰℰ Reply January 1, 2014 at 00:06

    This is a Beautiful post to start my year. Happy New Year. All the best for 2014 =)

  6. This was another great article and Happy, Healthy and Safe New Year to you both! Blessings,

  7. u know what i’ve been telling ppl, steve? reflect THEN resolve…this year, i was blessed with an opportunity to write out my life testimony, to sit down with God and let Him show me what He’s provided, protected, and prevented throughout my life….it’s been nothing short of amazing. as i look back, it’s been so obvious that God’s hand has been ordering His purposes in my life all along. glory to His name; Happy New Year.

  8. “The answer to all of the questions is GOD, not ME.” Amen to that! Happy New Year to you and Sarah, Steve.

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