As The Old Passes Into The New

www.meraevents.com_8Not being much for New Year’s Resolutions, though regularly interested in evaluating areas of life that need Biblical change, here are some thoughts as the old passes into the new. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

We are not a mini – Messiah – we can not force people to change. (1 Corinthian 3:6)

We may be concerned but we are not responsible for what God has not given us stewardship over. (Romans 2:6; Romans 14:12; Ephesians 4:17-25)

We will be wise not to over extend ourselves or our families without justifiable circumstances. (Romans 12:2; Mark 6:31; Luke 10:40-42)

We will be wise not to commit ourselves or our families to anything not done ‘in faith’. (Hebrews 11:6; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Romans 14:23)

We will not submit to the pressure to perform for man’s approval. (Galatians 1:10; Proverbs 29:25)

We will pray that God bring His will to every situation. (Matthew 6:10; Luke 22:42)

We will deliberately protect our marriages and families from anyone or anything seeking ill will towards them. (2 Corinthians 2:11; James 4:7; Ephesians 4:27; 1 Peter 5:8)

We will not be controlled by another’s manipulations of any situation. (Mark 8:33; Proverbs 26:4-5; Acts 17:11)

We will not always be able or wise to rescue people from the consequences of their sin but we can walk with them through restoration. (Luke 15:11-32; 2 Samuel 12:13-23)

We will confess and repent of our sins in any situation. (2 Peter 3:9; 1 John 1:8-9; 2 Corinthians 7:10)

We will rest in the Lord. (Psalm 116:7)

“We have sailed into the year of grace…therefore, let us keep a feast unto the Lord. If Jesus has not made us new already, let the new year cause us to think about the great and needful change of conversion; and if our Lord has begun to make us new, and we have somewhat entered into the new world wherein dwelleth righteousness, let us be persuaded by the season to press forward into the center of his new creation, that we may feel to the full all the power of his grace.” Charles Spurgeon New Year’s Day 1885

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