“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)
I’ve always loved those two verses from Isaiah. They remind me that no matter what happened yesterday, God gives me hope for today!
This is the week when we make resolutions. We resolve to put the events of this year in the past and move forward into the new year with a fresh start.
What do you hope to accomplish in 2011? Will you resolve to shed weight? Squash a bad habit? Work out at the gym? Spend more time with your family?
As you make your list of resolutions, consider these
10 New Year’s Resolutions From the Bible:
I will try not to be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present my requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)
Instead of depending on my own wisdom, I will seek the wisdom of the Lord. I will respect Him and refuse to do wrong. (Proverbs 3:7)
If someone mistreats me, I will not mistreat that person in return. Instead, I will try to earn the respect of others, and I will do my best to live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:17-18)
I will remember not to judge people, because in the same way that I judge them, they might judge me. (Matthew 7:1-2)
I will never let love and faithfulness leave me. I will remember them every day and keep them in my heart. (Proverbs 3:3)
I will honor the Lord with whatever I earn and by doing the best that I can. (Proverbs 3:9)
I will study my Bible and be careful to follow only those teachers who are true messengers of God. (Matthew 7:15)
With all my heart, I will trust in the Lord and not in my own judgment. I will always let Him lead me and make clear to me the road I should follow. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
I will love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)
Finally, I will fix my thoughts on what is true and honorable, and right and pure, and lovely and admirable. I will concentrate on things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)
and resolutions fulfilled through blessings from God.