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CHAPLAIN'S CORNER Christian New Year’s Resolutions For Believers, WHY NOT TRY THESE IN 2013

evangelism_vision 2012/12/29 01:32:41

This Discussion has been created for Believers in Jesus Christ
to offer suggestions for Spiritual Growth in 2013.





If you have come here and you’re not a Believer, the First
Resolution should be to know Christ as Lord. It is my desire and prayer that
you will.





Maybe, you believe that you want to Grow more in the lord
then you did in 2012. If you are saved, you know that it is not by works, but
we want to grow to be more like Christ. Ask the holy Spirit to help you in 2013




Every year we go through the tradition of evaluating the past
year and making decisions for our upcoming year. This year I would like to
encourage you to think outside the box concerning your Christian New Year’s
resolutions.



Instead of the stereotypical Christian New Years resolutions like
reading the Bible in a year or winning more souls, which are both admirable
goals, I am going to try to stir your thinking and stir your hearts to take on
some goals that will build your relationship with Jesus rather than just engage
in another religious activity.




Christian New Year’s Resolution #1 – Read the red and Pray
for the power.





Instead
of getting involved in another read the Bible through in a year program how
about changing tactics? The reason we read our Bibles is not to gain knowledge.
Knowledge alone is not enough and in all honesty, even in Christians, knowledge
puffs up. If our intent is to get to know the Savior of our souls better and to
grow in a deeper knowledge of the love of Christ towards us, then how about
thinking outside the box and this year you make it a goal to read all the words
printed in red in a red letter edition Bible?



The red letters are the words of Jesus
Himself. This can be done easily in 1 month’s time so you can do it 12 times in
1 year. If you read something 12 times do you think you will remember what is
said? I do! Along with reading the red, pray that God will enable you by the
power of the
Holy Spirit to carry out what is written in the red.



Christian New Year’s Resolution #2 – Let God be in control
of your appointment book.





Many
Christians make New years resolutions to win more people to Jesus. To be more
faithful in evangelizing their friends and families. They may start off good
and actually speak up, but as the business of the year starts, this goal
becomes forgotten in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Instead of making
a goal of evangelizing, how about making the goal of starting every morning
with the simple prayer for God to make you sensitive to His divine appointments
throughout the day?



Instead
of limiting your goal to just
evangelism that “you make an effort about”, make your goal to be more
sensitive to “Divine appointments that God is making an effort about”? On your
way to work or while taking your morning shower, just ask the Lord to keep you
aware of His appointments for the day. I think you will find this not only a
lot more workable but will see much more fruit in the long run including
leading somebody to Jesus.











Christian New Year’s Resolution #3 – Make biblical
prosperity your goal.





Many
people at New Year’s make resolutions to get a new job, make more money, buy a
house or car, ect. They focus their attention on the world’s view of
prosperity. I would like to challenge you to make biblical prosperity your
goal. It is not the same thing even though many preachers have bastardized the
gospel to try to make it the same.



Biblical
prosperity centers in on the health and wholeness of your spirit and soul. Make
this year a year that you center in on how healthy you are spiritually and
emotionally. Instead of getting into more debt where that brings anxiety to
your heart, work on getting out of debt.



Instead
of taking on a second job just so you can have more toys, work on becoming
content with what you have so you can spend more time with your children.
Instead of taking a job that makes you work nights just so you can get a
promotion, how about thinking outside the box and get your promotion at home by
being the greatest spouse, parent, neighbor you can be? Make biblical
prosperity your Christian New year’s resolution.





Christian New Year’s Resolution #4 –

Random words of
kindness and mercy.





In
the book of James, the author writes that good water and bitter water should
not come out of the same well. He is talking about the words we speak.



This
year how about making a resolution that you are going to say random words of
kindness and mercy to 1 person every day. That you will bless or compliment
someone just because you can. Whether it be your spouse, your child, your
neighbor, or the stranger standing in front of you in the grocery store, you
are going to find one person every day that you can bless with words of
kindness and mercy.



As
the Psalmist said in Psalm 19 “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of
my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, My Rock and my Redeemer. What better
Christian New Year’s resolution can be made than a goal of doing something that
will be pleasing to our God?




CAN I ASK YOU
THE FOLLOWING?





1. Before you get
up each day, do you take time to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to guide and
direct your activities?



2.
Do you start the day in the word of God?



3.
Do you commit to memory, Scripture verses?



4.
Do you seek
opportunities to share the Gospel with others?



5.
How much time to you spend in Prayer





Suggested
Prayer List (Feel Free to change)





·
Our Political
Leaders, City, State, County, Federal



·
President, The
house Members, Senate members



·
Friends and
Family



·
Those who need
Salvation



·
Missionaries
around the world



·
Persecuted Believers
around the World



·
Those on Soda Head
who do not know Christ



·
Our church,
Pastor, Sunday School Leaders



·
For Revival



·
For Spiritual
Growth





Every Day is an opportunity to grow in the Lord. My prayer is
that you will grow much in 2013 as we prepare and wait for the Master to
return.




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  • Pete 2013/01/01 09:58:44
    Pete
    +1
    Your contributions offer us a chance to be inspired by like-minded fellow Christians, making the following of Christian resolutions an easier pursuit.
  • evangel... Pete 2013/01/01 18:12:03
    evangelism_vision
    Thank's Pete. You have blessed me also this last year and I look forward to seeing what god will do in your life. Continue to grow and strive to be more like him. Look for opportunities to proclaim his name and sharing the truth.

    GOD BLESS YOU and Glad you enjoy the Chaplain's Corner. Don't have a lot of people coming to it each week but you know, I am serving Him and just to see one person Blessed makes it worth it all.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR MY DEAR BROTHER

    Jerry
  • gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F 2012/12/30 21:59:29
    gldynmd BTO-t-BCRA-F
    +1
    I like those. One of my spiritual resolutions is to surround myself with more believers. I seem to be surrounded by no-believers and this can be challenging.
  • evangel... gldynmd... 2012/12/30 22:03:01
    evangelism_vision
    +1
    They are opportunities to sharing the Gospel with. When you need a breath of Fresh Air on Soda-Head, stop by the Chaplain's Corner, welcome anytime!
    Tired of the hum Drum politics..... I have a long list of great bible movies posted in my discussions list and other video's for Spiritual Growth. I posted them for you and the others

    God bless

    Jerry
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2012/12/29 13:18:51
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Good resolutions. Amen.
  • evangel... Torchma... 2012/12/29 18:28:49
    evangelism_vision
    +1
    Not by works are we saved, but we try and Grow to be more like our Master each and Every day, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit

    Glad you liked it

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