Everyone at the beginning of every year makes promises to themselves or others this year is going to be different. We are going to get closer to God. We are going to lose weight or get health. We are going to pray more. We are going to up our giving and serving. We are going o save more this year. We are going to clean out our clutter. We are going to go back to school. We are going to make more money this year. We are going to be closer to our children and spend more time with them.
ON AND ON THE LIST GOES. MANY OF THE PROMISES WE SAY WE WANT ARE VALID AND GREAT.
THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS OF YOUR PROMISES OR RESOLUTION IS CONSISTENT ACTION. KEEP DOING WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO ACCOMPLISH YOUR GOAL, DREAM, RESOLUTION.
RESOLUTION: firm determination to achieve one’s end, goal, desire.
TENACITY mean mental or moral strength to resist opposition, danger, or hardship.
COURAGE implies firmness of mind and will in the face of danger or extreme difficulty.
METTLE an ingrained capacity for meeting strain or difficulty with fortitude and resilience.
SPIRIT also suggests a quality of temperament enabling one to hold one’s own or keep up one’s morale when opposed or threatened.
TENACITY adds to RESOLUTION implications of stubborn persistence and unwillingness to admit defeat.
Wanting a better life, wanting change, wanting new things is all great. Wanting alone is not enough. God allows us to choose any life and lifestyle we want. He does not make you serve Him. He does not make you pray. He does not make you read his Word. He does not make you tithe or give. He does not make you love or forgive. Here is what He does, HE GIVES YOU AND I CHOICES AND SAYS CHOOSE.
“Listen closely, I have set before you today life and prosperity (good), and death and adversity (evil); in that I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk [that is, to live each and every day] in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments (precepts), so that you will live and multiply, and that the LORD your God will bless you in the land which you are entering to possess.” Deuteronomy 30:15-16 AMP
“Look, today I offer you life and success, death and destruction. I command you today to love the LORD your God, to do what he wants you to do, and to keep his commands, his rules, and his laws. Then you will live and grow in number, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to take as your own.” Deuteronomy 30:15-16 NCV
Look God says I have set before you, or I offer you. It’s like the game show LETS MAKE A DEAL, BEHIND DOOR NUMBER 1 OR 2. ON THE SHOW YOU HAD TO TAKE A CHANCE. GOD HE SHOWS YOU BOTH DOORDS OPEN.
Life & Success or death & destruction you get to choose. Wow, such a hard choice to make for people. One is where you choose God and His Ways or the other is You and your ways.
Most can’t choose because they want Gods life and success but they want to lead and be in charge of themselves. You can’t have both. This is a place of stuck, going around in circles but this in the same place.
God says I have set before you life and prosperity GOOD and death and adversity EVIL.
NEXT GOD GIVES INSTRUCTIONS TO MOVE HIS PEOPLE US TO LIFE AND PROSPERITY. HE IS MOVING US TO CHOOSE EVERYDAY WITH EVERY DECISION WHAT KIND OF LIFE DO YOU WANT.
I COMMAND YOU TODAY TO LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD. Gg
When you LOVE YOU ARE DEVOTED WHAT AND WHO YOU LOVE THEY ARE PRIORITY. BECAUSE YOU LOVE YOUR DESIRE IS TO PLEASE.
WHEN YOU LOVE GOD YOU DO WHAT HE WANTS YOU TO DO. WALK AND LIVE EVERYDAY IN HIS WAYS AND KEEP DOING HIS PRECEPTS.
WHEN I LOVE MYSELF I OBEY MYSELF. WHEN I LOVE GOD I OBEY AND I WANT TO OBEY HIM BECAUSE THAT PLEASES GOD. Gg Many people say it’s so hard to serve God, it is not hard. What makes a commitment hard is when you truly have not committed.
When we started our 21 day fast, I really felt God on me. I felt really inspired to do a liquid fast only, no chewing. It was not difficult like you think.
I was really committed to this fast. I prayed, worshipped, seeking Gods direction for this church, my life and marriage. I was carrying a lot and felt really heavy and burdened.
God will let you be overcome with pressures until you turn to Him for help. This fast for me was freedom, clarity, peace.
God gave me a scripture…
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you.” Psalms 32:8 AMP
“I will tell you the way, I will teach you where you must go. My eye will be your guide.” Psalms 32:8 EASY
God has our direction. He is our GPS. What we do is we are lost and we hit JESUS GPS, punch in direction and GOD SAYS DO THIS OR GO THERE AND WE DO NOT WANT THAT OR WE DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT. SO WE GO LEFT AND GOD IS SAYING GO RIGHT. REDIRECT, REDIRECT, ON AND ON GID IS TRYING TO GET US TO LOVE, FOLLOW AND OBEY HIS DIRECTION.
GOD IS TRYING TO TELL US THINGS, BUT ARE WE REALLY LISTENING TO HIS VOICE? God say I will tell you the way to go, but we won’t so He has to teach us how to go there.
“So it happened, when Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was nearer; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war [that is, that there will be war], and return to Egypt.”” Exodus 13:17 AMP
The shortest route was not the one for them. God is leading them thru Moses but chooses to take a much longer route because THE PEOPLE MIGHT CHANGE THEIR MINDS.
THIS IS GODS BIGGEST CHALLENGE WITH HIS PEOPLE. NOT UNBELIEVERS BUT BELIEVERS. BELIEVERS WHO ARE AFRAID TO COMMIT. BELIEVERS WHO ARE NOT SURE ABOUT REALLY SERVING GOD.
HOW MANY TIMES WAS GOD TRYING TO LEAD THEM TO FREEDOM AND THE PROMISED LAND. HOW MANY TIMES WHEN THINGS GOT HARD OR DIFFICULT DID THEY WANT TO QUIT OR RUN BACK TO BONDAGE.
THEY COMPLAINED AND WHINED.
They were so filled with fear and not faith. What ever you are full of that is what really controls you. They might change their minds if they see war.
News Flash YOU WILL SEE WAR. WILL YOU STAND WISTH GOD AS YOUR LEADER OR WILL YOU RUN BACK TO YOUR OLD BONDAGE OF FEAR, DOUBTS, UNBELIEFS.
THEY CRIED TO BE FREE BUT EVERY-TIME CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES QUIT, QUIT, GIVE UP.
CHRISTIANITY IS NOT FOR WHIMPS. I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE COME AND GO BUT ONLY THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO TRULY COMMIT WILL STAND.
GODS PEOPLE CRIED AND WHINED EVERY STEP OUT OF EGYPT THE PLACE OF SLAVERY AND BONDAGE.
““How long shall I put up with this evil congregation who murmur [in discontent] against Me? I have heard the complaints of the Israelites, which they are making against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just what you have spoken in My hearing I will most certainly do to you;” Numbers 14:27-28 AMP
They kept speaking you brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness.
“So we see that they were not able to enter [into His rest—the promised land] because of unbelief and an unwillingness to trust in God.” Hebrews 3:19 AMP
PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE CHANGE. EVEN IF IT WILL BE BETTER FOR YOU. UNCOMFORTABLE WE FIGHT IT.
“Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].” Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP