Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Walk That Makes New Years Resolutions All Possible

Today is the fourth and final blog in my series on New Years Resolutions. If you would like to read the the other three, please click on the links below. Today's thoughts may make more sense if you do.

Requirements For The New Year
Just, Justly, Justice- How Do We Act?
What Do You Love?

As I really think about the upcoming year, and I think about the previous year, I know I must make changes. It is healthy, and I would be very arrogant to think that I am so right in everything that I do, that no change is needed.

My favorite quote is:
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten".
(author unknown)

If I want changes in my life but I do nothing differently, that is called insanity. How can possibly expect a change, simply based on a statement, "I want change."?
Let me give you a couple of examples:

I want to lose weight and be more healthy.
I still eat the same foods, in the same amounts, and do not exercise.
Can I expect to lose weight?

I want to keep my home more in order and be more organized.
I still continue to leave things lying around, and do not put things away, and push them into piles in the living room and on the counter.
Can I expect my home to be neat and orderly?

Now apply that thought process to the following:

I want to be the person God has created me to be, and to love Him and treat others the way He wants me to.
I believe that I am doing exactly that. I need nothing to be different. The problem is actually with others who just don't get it, and who just need to obey God more. Like me.
Can I REALLY expect that my relationships with people will change? Can I expect my walk with God to deepen?

The verse that I have been meditating on for the last few days tells me exactly what my issue is and what I need to change.
Micah 6:8
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
   And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
   and to walk humbly with your God
When I shared my favorite quote from above, I had someone say to me, "But what if you like what you've got? There really is no need to change now is there?".
That statement really got me to thinking. There are many things I would never desire to change, such as;
being a wife to Larry. I like what I got.
being a mother. I like what I got.
being a granny. I like what I got.

Then it comes to my spiritual life. 
Such as;
being a child of God. I like what I got. 

But if I were to say: 
I am;
being a holy person. I like what I got.
being a godly woman. I like what I got.
being an effective light for the lost in the world. I like what I got.
so connected with God, everything is just like it should be. I like what I got.


I need to change my thought process about myself, if I want my behavior to change and my heart to change, and me to do what the Lord desires and requires of me.

to walk humbly with my God
If I want to deepen my walk with God, if I want to be in His will this year, if I want to do HIS WILL, I must know WHO HE is and who I am. 
He is God. I am not.
He is perfect and had NO need to change. I am not.

The answer for arrogance, is humility.
Humility does not mean lack of confidence. I know who I am in Christ.
Humility does mean I realize who I am in relation to God. And I know I will NEVER be equal with God. Even though I am a joint heir with Jesus, He is still God and I am not. 

The key to me being able
To act justly 
to love mercy 
 is simply this:
He has shown me, O mortal that I am, what is good.
I need to see that God alone is the giver of all that is good. He is good with nothing bad found in Him.
I need to
walk humbly with my God.
It is much easier to be just and show mercy when I see myself in the correct light of Christ.
I need to see that I will always have room to change and grow in His grace and knowledge.
I need to desire that change. For me. 
Because of what He has done.
And that is good.

Now I know what God wants of me.
Now I know what I need to change to bring that about.
I need to surrender my will to HIS, so He can mold and make my heart more like His.

Happy New Year. Be resolved to be more of what He requires!

Chasing After Their Hearts,
Glenda Johnson

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