Here we are at the beginning of another year. Like so many others have done, you probably took the opportunity during the past few days to look back over how your life has gone over the past year, and you have made up your mind about some things you want to change going forward. In fact, you probably have one or two “new year’s resolutions” that you intend to keep over the next twelve months.
Friend, I wish you all the best.
However, I want to encourage you not to leave God out of the equation. The Bible does not say much by way of new year’s resolutions. However, in His Word, God does encourage us to examine our lives and seek God’s help as we try to become better people each day. Lamentations 3:40 says, “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.” Haggai 1:5 says, “Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.” This means we ought to look at and examine our lifestyle. The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Thus, it is wise to look back on our lives, and then to look forward with the determination to make changes for the better.
One reason why many people fail to keep their new year’s resolutions is because they try to reach them in their own strength instead of with God’s help. They try to do it all on their own. However, they quickly realize their own shortcomings while trying to make this effort on their own. Despite their best intentions, they just can’t do it on their own.
One of the best things you can do is turn to God for help. God’s Word tells us that the reason why we fail so often, not only in keeping our New Year’s Resolutions, but in many other things as well, is because we have a sinful nature. Sin is the bad or wrong things that we do, and the Bible says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
If you want to truly make a change in your life, something must be done about your sin problem. If nothing is done, you will continue to stumble, fall, and make mistakes despite your best intentions. Thankfully, God has already done everything that needs to be done to take care of our sin problem. The Bible says in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Those who accept Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin and the punishment of sin are transformed from the inside out. Their lives are changed, and the Bible says they become “new creatures.” They are no longer slaves to sin, but the children of God who have their ultimate destiny and future in Heaven with Him and His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
Right now, at the start of a fresh, new year, may I encourage you not to go another day without Jesus Christ in your life. He is the Friend you need to lead you, guide you, and walk alongside you on the road of life. Would you like to trust Him today? Allow me to show you how you can do that.
First, recognize that your sins have separated you from God. In honest repentance, agree with God about your sinfulness and admit your need for forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he [God] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Our sinfulness is the reason why we are unable to keep good, New Year’s resolutions.
Second, realize that God loves you, and believe that his perfect Son, Jesus Christ, died for our sins — taking the punishment that we deserve. The Bible declares that sin cannot go unpunished, and Romans 6:23 says, “the wages of sin is death.” Revelation 21:8 also says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
However, God does not want us to die and be punished forever in Hell. That is why in John 3:17 we read these words: “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” Because of Jesus Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross, we do not have to go to Hell. We can be saved from that terrible place.
Third, accept Jesus Christ’s invitation to receive salvation by trusting Him by faith to be your Savior. Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you want to open your heart and life to Jesus Christ and allow Him to bring peace between you and God, you can pray a short prayer to let God know about your decision. Repeat after me and mean it from your heart:
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!