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CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTETH ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, AND BRINGING INTO CAPTIVITY EVERY THOUGHT TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST. II CORINTHIANS 10:5
I had to make this title strong, so perhaps someone can see this to understand. New Years resolutions will not work without bringing it to the obedience of Christ.
So many people make New Year resolutions, but they fail. Because they do not bring it to Christ.
It begins with a thought. It begins with the imagination. What you see, or think becomes you. For as He thinketh in his heart, so is he….Proverbs 23:7.
What are you thinking? What are you putting your energy and attention to? So you need to choose wisely, or you may think or imagine something that is not good, right, or of God. Let alone healthy for you or others. You cannot let your own mind ponder on that thing that is not right in the sight of God, you must see it as God does, and then obey Him.
As the first scripture above tells us. This is why many resolutions do not work on their own, because unless Gods spirit is present, one may be trying to do it on their own, and that may not always prove to be effective.
I am older now, I am a lot wiser, and the wisdom I share in this, is all to the glory of God, and none else. Because anything we try to do, in the natural on our own, will not have the same affect as to giving it to God in obedience.
I have experience in this. I understand, how we can make choices, and do things that are not healthy for us, spiritually and yes physically. I have done things in my own life, that were lifestyle choices, that hurt me. Choices, that controlled me for lack of a better word. Like smoking, getting high. Letting the wrong people into my life. Choices.
And it is always a choice. I am not going to try and force you to believe me. This is a choice. In fact, I follow Christ in this example. He is a gentleman. He does not force us. This is not His way. He gives us His holy word, an anointed, holy not corrupted word, and that is my King James Bible. And in that Holy word, He tells us who He is, and what He expects. But it is a choice. It is even a choice, what Bible one uses. But experience, and research has shown me this truth.
And those that reject Him reap the consequences. And those that find Him, find life eternal. Not only is there the promise for life after we die, but life now on earth, can change, to a life, that He intended, if we just seek Him. A life fulfilled. A life complete, with joy, and peace, and a sense of who He is. In all aspects, and that nothing is impossible with God.
But those that reject who He is, do reap, what the devil intended. And sadly, they do not know when they reject Christ, they are rejecting the only chance to make a “wrong right.” They look at it intellectually, and not spiritually.
This is why Christ came for us. To pay the penalty of our sins. To stop the works of the enemy. To give us a new chance. Yes in our resolutions. In all aspects of life. We can live abundantly. But we have to begin by seeing we are sinners, and repent, and make the choice to bring it to the obedience of Christ. We have to see, we must not give place to the enemy, but we must submit to God. This is also scriptural.
I was blind spiritually at one time. This is where I started with my own self-destructive ways, that were controlling me. And anything can control you if you let it. From eating, to smoking, getting high, sexual active etc. This is the way of the world.
And the world, if you see does not offer a way to control these things, effectively. Nor does it condemn immorality. If anything, it promotes these things. You see it on television, in movies and yes even acceptance, of things that are perverted. More and more, the world, has adapted these life style choices, ideologies, and ways of thinking, that go against God. And they call that normal.
But God is not mocked, and we do reap what we sow. Galatians 6:7. And there is no peace saith my God to the wicked. Isaiah 57:21. And I see so many people rejecting God, and choosing lifestyles, that are against who God is. If you reject God it is your choice, and you have no one to blame but yourself.
No, if you really want a change, and you want to make it work for you. You do have to give it all to God. You have to obey God, you have to take His commandments to heart, His ways, His principles, to heart, and you have to want to live a clean good life.
And let us get one thing straight. Just because you gave your heart, to Christ one time does not mean, that its a done, deal. No, you have to want to grow. And many people do not grow, because they think they are fine, the way they are.
You have to work out your Salvation, in fear of God, and with trembling. This is also scriptural. Look up these words in a King James Bible. This is the scripture reference. Philippians 2:12
Treating your salvation as precious. Something to honor, and protect. Because you do not want to be deceived by the devil. Nor lose your salvation, by having your name “blotted” out of the lambs book of life.
And maybe to some extent you are a good person. But, by denying who Christ is, in your own life, or just living day to day, is not living, that is barely existing, when you could thrive.
No true living is when you search for God daily, with all your being. Recognizing the devil, comes to kill, steal and destroy, so you watch your own self. Christ told us this difference, but Christ came to give us life abundantly. Read again John 10:10, as the reference KJV.
You choose Christ’s ways. Repenting, daily, is something I believe in. It cleanses the soul, and gets you on the right path.
And you disciple yourself. Which is derived from “disciplining” yourself in Christ. When you love the Lord, truly Love Him, you know your body is the temple of the living God. So no, you do not want to hurt that temple, or others, and whatever you are doing that is making you “self-destruct” you take to the obedience of Christ. You obey the command ment first to love God with all your heart, and then your neighbor as yourself.
You stop the whining, the complaining, and the pity party, that does not do you or anybody else any good, and you take it to the obedience of Christ. You change. There are so many pitfalls, we can fall into, if we do not see the signs. We walk down the road of life. And we do not always see what is up ahead. But if you walk with Christ, He does give you signs, and those signs may say, don’t walk that path.
I saw those signs myself in my life. I made some terrible choices, that were not only sin, in Gods eyes, but they were causing me to go down a road of destruction. I had to stop. I had to repent. I had to recognize the son of God, who came to set me free.
And when I did, I began the most beautiful relationship I have ever had. No one can take the place of who Christ is to me. I will never, ever go back to those ways, those habits, because I would lose this relationship. Christ is the great Shepherd. He will guide you, He does me.
This is why, when I talk to people, and they get it confused with religion, I explain the difference. Rules, traditions, rituals, made by men, and groups, will never, ever get the results that I can have with Christ. In relationship. They cannot. In fact, religion from the choice, I told you, is imposing, rude, and harsh.
They are not gracious, compassionate, or understanding, as to what Christ can do. So when I have a problem I go to God, and if you need to talk to someone, yes talk to someone, but talk to someone who understands the ways of God, for counsel.
I know from the word of God, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Paraphrasing Phillipians 4:13. I can.
I don’t give up, even where I am now, in my older years. Every day, I reach for the goal of who I can be in Christ. And some things do take time.
But its not up for debate. I know that knowing Christ has changed my life. My choices. And even now, I have a private resolution, I bring to the obedience of Christ, because I want to grow, and be the best I can be in Him. For next year….
So if you are really serious, about making a resolution, and making it work. Take it to the obedience of Christ my friend. Don’t compromise who you are. Don’t doubt that you can do it. Don’t be afraid, that it is too late. It’s never too late, when we open our eyes, and give it totally to the obedience of Christ. Speak it, there is power in your words, speak who you are in Christ. Faith pleases God.
Yes we do reap what we sow. This is a principle, that the world calls karma. But don’t look at it that way. Don’t look at it as the world sees it. Look at it the way Christ can to make the corrections for you. Yes, He corrects those He loves. Let Him correct you. Give it to Christ.
Let Him turn those consequences, into faith, into hope, that 2015 can be a new year for you, with a difference. Plead the blood of Jesus, and know Christ came to set you free, and yes free indeed.
You can do it. You can meet your goal. I want to inspire you, to see yourself and who you can be in Christ. Healed. Is that a goal? That can be physically or spiritually. Well by His stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5.
You can be stronger, wiser, and more at peace, if you just take it to the obedience of Christ. He will show you the way. He is the way, the truth, and life. John 14:6. He will make a way. To meet your resolutions my friend. Have hope, don’t give up.
In the miracle of who Christ is. This is why we have the Christmas spirit. A gift in the “presence” of our Lord, and savior. This is a present. This thought of taking it to the obedience of Christ. Can meet that new year resolution. This new year can be yours, in Christ.
Happy New Year, with blessings and love,