It's February 1st! How are those New Year's resolutions going?!
I'm not sure how you feel about New Year's resolutions, but I love them! I like to attempt new ways of stretching myself personally, professionally, spiritually, emotionally, physically and all other “-allys” I can think of. For 2017, I made many New Year's resolutions; to be in 5k shape (aka be ready to run a race at any moment), read at least one book each month, read the entire bible, develop a morning routine, complete an online class, publish a monthly blog, become debt free and learn to budget. Some of these I'll accomplish, some I'll half-succeed, but I'll attempt them all!
These resolutions are great and all, but God's promises are bigger.
One reason I'm extremely optimistic when it comes to pursuing New Year's resolutions is that I know these are not the be-all and end-all for me. They are aspirations. Goals that will keep me moving forward and in a positive direction. Even if I don't complete a single one of them this year, I know that these are not part of my identity and do not make me who I am. I have something much bigger in my life that I can draw my hope and inspiration from.
Over the past few years, God instilled a peace in me. A peace that enables me to solidify my faith in Him. He's given me an identity and claimed me as His own. That peace allows me to pursue new things without the fear of failure. My hope isn't in accomplishing whatever resolution I'm attempting, my hope is that through my personal journey, God is making me into who I'm meant to be for Him.
So whether you love or hate New Year's resolutions, I pray that you take God's promises to heart.
We are promised healing - God is a god of healing and comfort. There isn't anything we go through that He does not have the remedy for. Whether it's emotional, physical, mental or spiritual, I believe that all things can be healed through Him.
Psalms 103:2-4, "Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits who forgives all your sin and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion"
We are promised wisdom - A big prayer that I have been praying for this year is to ask for wisdom and not answers. It's easy for us to want the immediate answer (should we take that job or not, should we move here or there, should we date that person now or wait), but we benefit more from gained wisdom for current issues and those that will come in our future.
Psalms 32:8-9, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you."
We are promised peace - It's hard to find peace in today's crazy world. We're pressured to go a thousand miles per hour in 17 different directions. It feels impossible to 'win' in today's society. But when we lean into God and cast our emotions to Him when life gets crazy, we're granted peace.
Philippians 4:6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
We are promised a life without fear - Hop on Facebook or watch the news for more than a minute and you can be filled with nothing but fear. Political issues, religious wars, economic struggles; all of these culminate into such a heavy burden that weigh on your heart and take you away from God. But He is bigger than all of that.
Psalms 34:4, "I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears."
We are promised eternal life - The promise of eternal life is one that brings me the most joy and peace. It has soothed my fears of what path to pursue in this life, it's brought me comfort when positive or negative change occurs, the promise of eternal life puts everything into perspective.
John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Of course there are many more promises that God has put on all of our lives. Crack open the bible, pray to God, go to church, join a small group; that's where you'll explore the promises that God has placed in your life.