Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
I can hardly believe that we have arrived at the end of the year 2010. It has been a very fast year it seems, I hope that I am not the only one who feels this way. I have to admit that I often want to shout out to God and ask him to slow things down a bit or let me off.
At this time of year you are probably hearing alot about New Year’s resolutions and what they should be, people are determining to make changes to how they eat, spend, who they are with, bad habits that they want to break and the list goes on, but few of these resolutions are ever kept. I believe that christmas definitely comes for all of the gyms around the countries in January, as everyone signs up with hopes of being a size 10 by the same time next year. It is just sad that these resolutions are never followed through with.
So as christians, how can we make lasting resolutions that will make a great impact not only on our lives but on the lives of the people around us?
I have come up with a few questions that I always use on myself in self evaluation at this time of year to see where my life is really headed and if I am still walking in God’s will or not.
The questions I ask myself are as follows:
- What have I learnt this past year?
- Where have I failed or succeeded?
- How have I grown and how have I inhibited growth in my life?
- Ddid I truly have a teachable spirit?
- Was I willing to be taught by God?
- Was I willing to lay aside my pride and be taught by other people?
- Do I have unconfessed sin in my life that I need to deal with that is hindering my relationship with God?
- Are there areas in my life that I have not yet released to him?
- Am I bearing the right kind of fruit in my life?
- Are there people whom I have offended in my life over the past year?
- How can I be reconciled to them?
- Does my life resemble the world around me, or am I truly setting myself apart from the world and its temptations?
- Am I givng of my time and resourses to those around me that need it the most?
- If my family were asked would they say that my life looked alot like Christ’s or a little?
- What are my priorities? Are they selfish and all about my wants, needs and desires or do they reflect the heart of God?
- Do I really desire to walk in God’s will for my life or am I building my own kingdom?
- Am I reflecting God in every aspect of my life?
As I prayerfully consider the answers to these questions I need to be willing to face up to the truth of each questions and of course make the necessary adjustments within my thinking, attitude and heart to grow in these areas.
I realize that this list is huge, but as I seek the Lord on these very important questions and he faithfully shows me the truth about myself, my thoughts, my attitudes and my actions, I am able to make the necessary adjustments to my life that will bring God the most Glory.
The Year of the Lord’s Favor
1The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
God, through the prophet Isaiah, told his people that he was going to send his son Jesus Christ, the Messiah, to this earth to reconcile the people who were bound up, in darkness and captive to sin.
Those promises were made for us, his children, we are the ones that through his spirit he comes to set free and release us from the darkness that sin brings to our souls. He give us a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a garment of praise instead a spirit of despair. He said that we will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the lord, for the display of His Splendor.
As you can see, we are for the display of God’s splendor, the world will see through us that God loves them and wants to be in a relationship with them. That is why is it is so important for us, to self evaluate as we draw near the end of this year. To see where we are still bound in wrong thinking, and ask ourselves if we are displaying God’s splendor in our lives or are we still building our own kingdom?
I pray that you will take some time over the next couple of weeks to ask yourself these deep self evaluation questions, don’t be afraid of the answers, if they are not to your liking, then set about asking God to help you bring the necessary changes into your life. If there are areas in your life, which are fine, then as I always love to say, Yay God!
Asking yourself these questions will bring about pruning from our Heavenly father in your life, but do not be afraid, willingly surrender to his shears and I guarantee that you will produce much fruit this coming year and you will have a greater joy and peace than you ever have experienced before.
I pray that God our loving father would draw you closer to him this year than you have ever walked with him before. I pray that you will not run and hide from him but allow him to prune you so that you will bear all the wonderful fruit that you are capable of bringing forth from your life.
I pray that you will have a great New Year and that through you many lives will be changed by the love that Jesus has placed within you.