All Things New

Read Revelation 21:1-5.

I doubt you hate New Year’s resolutions as much as I do. But it is a new year, 2015. Do you have a New Year’s resolution? Most people do, and just over half of those who do, actually do keep them.

So, in keeping with conversations you may be having this week with co-workers, friends, and strangers who you ask “How are you?” and they actually tell you (hey, you asked!), let’s discuss some New Year’s resolutions. According to Time magazine’s article “Top Ten Most Commonly Broken New Year’s Resolutions,” people resolved to

  1. Lose Weight and Get Fit
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Eat Healthier
  5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  6. Spend More Time with Family
  7. Travel to New Places
  8. Be Less Stressed
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink Less

What does God offer in the Bible to help our resolve? In Revelation 21:1-5, God tells us He is the one who makes all things new, and John was told to write it down. So, if you have a New Year’s resolution, write it down right now. Your 2015 resolution could be one on the top ten list. It could be something you have been struggling with lately. You could have no idea because you haven’t thought of it at all. Take a minute right now to write something down. We’ll go back to that in a little bit.

Let’s look at the top ten resolutions most commonly broken and see what God says about them.

 

1. Losing weight, getting fit, quitting smoking, eating healthier, drinking less…four resolutions that have to do with health, right? Try reading verses like these to center yourself on our Healer:

Proverbs 4:20-22

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words.  Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.

Psalm 107:19-21

Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.  He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.  Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.

Psalm 30:2

O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

Jeremiah 17:14

Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

James 5:16

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.

 

2. Learning something new. (I suggest you learn something new about Him.)

Proverbs 1:5

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Proverbs 1:7

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Psalm 25:4-5

Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

 

3. Get out of debt and save money.

Proverbs 22:7

The borrower is the slave of the lender.

Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Proverbs 13:11

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.

Hebrews 13:5

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Matthew 6:19-20

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Malachi 3:10

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.”

 

4. Spend more time with family

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Psalm 127:3-5

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Ephesians 1:3-6

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

 

5. Travel to new places

Matthew 28:19-20

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

6. Be less stressed

Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Deuteronomy 31:8

It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

Psalm 16:8

I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 56:3-4

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose Word I praise. In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid.

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

John 14:27

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Psalm 32:7-8

You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

Psalm 34:17

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.

Romans 6:8

So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.

 

7. Volunteer

1 Peter 4:10

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

Acts 20:35

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Isaiah 58:10

If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.

Matthew 25:40

And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

Galatians 5:13-14

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 6:3

But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.

Proverbs 27:2

Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.

Proverbs 31:9

Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Psalm 82:3

Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.

 

As Christians, when we resolve to do something, we want it to be directed by God or fall within His Will, not our will. He does give us the will to accomplish anything that is within His Will.

So, you’ve heard many Biblical answers to the top new years’ resolutions. Does one of those verses fit with your new year’s resolution, or are you looking for another verse that will help you in 2015 to resolve to do something different.

Take a few 3×5 cards. Write your 2015 the Bible verse on them. This verse will guide you in 2015 with your new years’ resolution. If you cannot think of it now, you have homework this week.

Keep one at home where you will see it every day: on your bedroom mirror, bathroom mirror, in your car, the bookmark in your Bible. Sounds a little like Deuteronomy 6:8 and 11:18, doesn’t it? This week in 2015, plan to spend time with Him in His Word and in prayer, asking Him if this is what He wants you to do. Let’s not think of this as just your new year’s resolution, but what do you and God resolve to do together in 2015, guided by that verse.

Consider praying this: Lord, we come to you in our need and even when we do not anticipate that we have a need. You know what we need. This week as we contemplate what you want us to do in 2015, make it clear to us. Give us your guidance, as we work within your Will. You, and You alone, make all things new. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 you say that “if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” Amen.

Happy New Year!

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