New Years Resolutions- Christ Focused

happy-new-year-sparkle-550x320This is the time of the year when people make resolutions about things they need to change. Each year I do a post on what my resolutions are. They are pretty simple. I don’t make resolutions. But, I do try to change the way I look at things and to be thankful for the blessings I have been given.

Yesterday at church we had a guest pastor. He spoke about resolutions Christians should make. I have to say I was a bit lost in his sermon. The sermon just kept going and going. What I did get out of it is what I make each and every day. The most important thing is to trust in the Lord. I figure if I do that and treat people the way Christ would want me to treat them, then I will be OK.

In no way will or is my life perfect. I make daily mistakes and I always strive to walk closer to the Lord. This is something that I choose to do.

Here are some good resolutions for Christians and what I will continue to do and strive to do better.

  • Sharing the Gospel with the world
  • Study the Word of God
  • Pray, Pray and Pray some more
  • Spend more time talking to people and less time on Facebook.
  • Stop being so negative. There is enough of that going on in the world.
  • Talk less and listen more ( something I need to do)
  • Don’t be deceived by Satan.

One resolution that I work very hard at is sharing the Gospel with anyone and everyone.  This is the resolution I want to cover a bit in this blog post. This is one of the reasons I started to blog. I think about what people are missing out on when they don’t have a personal relationship with Christ. There is a whole lot of excuses when it comes to not going to church or believing in God. The more excuses I hear, the more I wonder if those who profess to be Christians really are. I have no right to judge others on what they believe. But it makes me wonder and I make sure in my life that I follow the examples that Christ gave me.

The other day I was listening to a friend discuss how they have stopped going to church some time ago. They weren’t happy with the music or how people looked. I guess in my mind, it isn’t about the music or how people appear. I only worry about what Jesus thinks.

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They were talking about how difficult things have been and have started reverting to their old ways with drinking and thinking. Today I was discussing with a friend on how I use to hang out with people I shouldn’t have and I worked all the time, so I couldn’t go to church. Eventually it became easier to stay home from church and rest up on days I didn’t have to work.

About 20 yrs ago, I made a resolution to God that I wanted to live my life with more intent on my walk with Christ. Excuses are just that, they are excuses. For me, I had to look at things in a different way and make conscious decisions. If I wanted to live my life in a way that is pleasing to God, I needed to change. For 20 plus years, that is the resolution I have made to God. I make sure that I remember all that He has given me.

Going to church isn’t going to save you. But, it is important to be around like minded people. There is an old saying, “you are who you are around”. I know this is true. I didn’t like who I was when I was around other people that didn’t care about God. I am a much happier and mentally healthier because of my relationship with Christ.

Finally, I want to say to those who think they can keep doing what they are doing and you think you are pleasing God by making excuses and following the patterns of this world, you are being deceived. Each and every one of us will have to stand before God when we pass from this world.  You don’t have to believe me if you don’t want to, but it is each persons choice.

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