Making Your Resolutions Work for You

Wednesday is for Discipleshp

Holy-Spirit-Fire-Image-150x150This was the week 2 email to those who have signed on for the journey to personal revival. Now that I have caught the “BLOG people” up with our Trinity Church family, these reposts will occur on Wednesdays for the remainder of the year.

May God be pleased to move our hearts to live passionately for and like Jesus.

Hi all,

The numbers keep growing of those who have taken the “five resolve challenge.” If you didn’t receive my first email encouragement, check yesterday’s post.
 
Welcome to your second week of working the Five Resolves. Some of us will get bogged down with the first one! Remember:
 
  1. You will never do any of these perfectly.
  2. You don’t have to “master resolve one” before adding resolve two.
  3. You will grow some and then find out, “opps, there something I missed.” Growth in Christ will always show us more areas that we need to grow in. Don’t be discouraged by this. On the contrary, it means you are making progress. 
  4. Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith.

First resolve:
… 

“I will not go to bed this evening
nor live this day
without fully repenting
of all known sin against God.”

This first resolve is daunting isn’t it? And the thing to remember is that this is not a one-time thing. It is a daily thing which means …
….
  • that it is a thing that we need to develop a habit about, which means 
  • that it is going to take a process, which means
  • that it is going to take some time, which means 
  • that it is going to take some significant discipline, which means 
  • that it is not going to be easy, which means
  • probably a dozen to a hundred other things that none of us can completely enumerate. 

But one of the things it means is that we will need help. We will need encouragement. We, you and I, will need to support one another in prayer and believe that when we stumble, God will not reject us but lift us and embrace us and continue to draw near to us. His word is clear:

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. …  10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.  (James 4:7-10 [ESV])

So then, …

16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.  (Hebrews 4:16 [ESV])
There is a process to this too. It is recorded in the verse between 8 and 10 in James 4. It is a process of grieving and mourning over our own sin and asking God to do a work of weeping in our hearts so that we can come through on the other side of sorrow over sin with more joy than we can even imagine right now.
 
I’m praying for you. Each of you by name.
 
Please pray for me too. Pray that your pastor would be holy and passionate in his pursuit of Jesus. Pray that so I can be the best pastor I’m capable of being. Pray that I would live passionately for and like Jesus.
….
Until next Wednesday,
pastor marty

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