As I am writing this, there are only 4 more days left in 2017. Many people across this universe have already made their New Year’s Eve plans. Many will celebrate with large crowds, like at Time Square in New York City. Many will watch the ball drop via television. Many will be at church when we cross the threshold of 2018. There are so many ways to celebrate the beginning of the new year. And of course, with a new year comes New Year’s resolutions. Resolutions are vows or promises that we make ourselves, most times, in order to become a better person. We resolve to eat better, lose/gain some weight, do better with money….so many resolutions. Most of them aren’t kept. We start off doing ok, but the power to keep those resolutions eventually dwindles down until we just stop. I’ve also noticed that for many, the resolutions that we make are, often times, things or rules to help us with our physical selves. But, what about our spiritual selves? Do we ever resolve to do something to make our spirit man better? Do we resolve to make ourselves stronger spiritually? Yes, it’ll be a new year, but what about a new YOU?!
Truth be told, we ALL have something in ourselves, in our lives, that we need to be made new. One of the problems is that we aren’t willing to be honest with ourselves and admit that. But yes, we need some things to be new in our lives!
…”anyone who belongs to Christ has become a NEW person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT)
One definition of the word new is “
We struggle with the same things over and over because it’s a cycle. And if you are looking to become a new you, that cycle has got to be broken! This new you will require you to let go of some things and some people. It will require you to disconnect from him/her. Listen, you can’t possess the ‘new’ if your mate isn’t willing to walk the same road with you! Amos 3:3 says, “Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction?” Some of you are attached to people who aren’t willing to make the necessary changes for you to get more of God and a new you! You’ve got to want new more than you want him or her! You can’t possess new and hold on to old at the same time! Yes, disconnecting will hurt, but if some time of hurting will increase the God and the new in you, go through it! As the saying goes, “no pain, no gain!”
So, as we approach the new year, focus on becoming a new YOU! Devote time in prayer and ask God to show you yourself. Only He can make you a new person; a new creation. Can a butterfly go back into a cocoon after it’s come out as a caterpillar? Of course not. It can’t happen. Once the caterpillar becomes a butterfly, it is what it is — a butterfly. When you become new, you’re like that butterfly — you come out of your cocoon. It may take you some time to fly spiritually, but once you become a new creation in Christ, you are what you are. You are a new creation. So what does it mean to become a new creation in Christ? The moment you believe in Christ, there’s a spiritual metamorphosis — everything changes!
Well, I pray that the rest of this year be happy and prosperous for each of you! If you’re going to make spiritual ‘resolutions’, here are a few that you may want to achieve:
- Love people and let them know that you love them!
- Pray for one another.
- Go to church EVERY week.
- Pay your tithes.
- Be a blessing to your Pastors.
- Give like you want to live!
- Most importantly, read and live the bible.
Alright people, that’s the last blog for 2017! It’s been a blast! I’m looking forward to God moving us forward, bigger and better! I love each of you! Be blessed!!!
(Until next year…….)