Here We are--at the 2014 Crossroad...

Posted: Dec 31 2013



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I love the beginning of a new year. I guess it's just the idea of a fresh start that I find so appealing. No more baggage to carry around, no more failed attempts...just a brand new beginning.

Now for the big question--what are you going to do about it?

A brand new year is like a crossroad. We stand looking out at two very distinct paths. What two paths am I talking about? These two--

"I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live." Deuteronomy 30:19.

Most people stop there, but let's take it a step further. The scripture continues--

"And may love the Lord your God, obey His voice, and cling to Him. For He is your life and the length of your days, that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob." Deuteronomy 30:20.

Here's the reality of this crossroad. We all want success, but we settle for mediocrity. The life road isn't easy at all. It's filled with potholes, sharp turns, and lots of bumps to trip you up. But as you start out, something miraculous happens--the road clears, the crowd drops back, and you finally feel the wind of success in your face. You never get that with the death road. It's looks all nice and easy. Everyone's doing it. It's comfortable. But what starts out as comfortable, soon entangles you and pulls you into destruction.

That's why that verse uses the word, "cling." When it gets tough, we have to stick to it. We have to cling to the promise we made when the confetti is blowing, even when the music has died away and we're left with nothing but our choices. God doesn't lie. He promises you a full, long life. But it's going to take fighting the good fight of faith to get you there. Are you going to cling to him in Februrary? March? April?

Don't be fooled. People make resolutions every year. But, we all know what the reality is. As soon as it gets uncomfortable and messy, we edge back and find ourselves on that old path.

A lot of people make resolutions. Some stick, some don't. But have you ever really stopped to think about what it means to resolve something?

The word, resolve, means to solve again (re [again] solve [find a solution]). All of us have problems that we need to solve and these are the roots of our resolutions. Perhaps the problem is being in debt, or being overweight, or being too busy. All of these are very real problems that can easily pull us away from our true purpose in life. But, if we want to solve these problems again, then we have to make resolutions with real strength and force behind them.

It's a new year. It's not a time to make wishes. Wishes are flimsy and fickle. They don't last and they don't have the fortitude to support us in our weakness. What you need is a resolution, a real resolution.

Just the term resolution, implies that it is not a "quick fix" but a solution that we come to again and again. It's a process.

This is not a time to decide to be good enough. It's time to lift our standards up, waaaay up. Check out what Jesus expects of us:

"You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete maturity of godliness in mind and character, having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48

Perfect? Wow, that's a pretty tall order; isn't it? But, there's one thing we have to understand. God doesn't expect us to be perfect now, but to always be in a process of being perfected. Paul wrote about this when he said,

"Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) {and} make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me {and} made me His own." Philippians 3:14

There's the trick--WE PRESS ON! When you resolve to do something, make sure that it lines up with the purpose that God has given you. When we make our decisions based on the will of God, instead of our own personal wants and whims, then He pours His power through us to make it happen. We can PRESS ON daily because God is clearing the way before us and supporting us from behind.

When you make your resolutions this year, let your first one be to put God in charge of the direction of your life. This is true resolution and it will not ever disappoint.

So, what are you RESOLVING to do in 2014? Share your resolutions with me by commenting below. I would love to come alongside you in prayer.


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