ONLINE BIBLE STUDY FOR WEEK 1 (04-01-16)
TOPIC: NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION
QUESTION: SHOULD CHRISTIANS MAKE NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION?
The start of a new year gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31 and January 1. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. However, if a Christian determines to make a New Year’s resolution, what kind of resolution should he or she make?
Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” John 15:5 declares, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution.
So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions:
(1) Pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make.
(2) Pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you.
(3) Rely on God’s strength to help you.
(4) Find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you.
(5) Don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further.
(6) Don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6 says; "Commit thy way unto the Lord; Trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, And thy judgment as the noonday."