Resolution Freedom

Friends,
So… it is now a new year. Many consider today a new beginning, a fresh start. They make resolutions for themselves –promises to be, in one way or another, a better person.

I guess it’s an okay practice. –Because it’s always good to desire to do the right things –in order to BE right. I’m sure much good comes of it.

However, much discouragement also results from these “New Year’s Resolutions”. –Because most people, even while having the desire, the determination, the will… end up failing soon enough. Why? –Because either they really didn’t want it badly enough, or they did, but just did not have the will-POWER.

Do we know how many forlorn, hopeless faces can be looked into who have tried… truly tried…? Many a time they’ve “jump-started” their wills, determining to quit or do or… and too soon they are back where they started. Yet they insist they’ve done all they can to make the resolution stick –“this time.”

I do feel very sad for these people. They are caught. They are in bondage. Some do not realize it –that they are slaves… –but most do…

Friends, Jesus did come to set the captives free. He really did! The problem is, is that most “Christians” (and therefore the rest of the world) do not believe it. Yes, they do (I guess) believe that we are set free from the penalty of sin, but they don’t truly believe that we are set free from the power of sin. Because if they did believe, they would act on that belief. They themselves would not be bound in slavery to their particular addictions (eating too much, watching junk on T.V., wasteful and unnecessary reading off the internet, too much involvement with things that don’t matter, won’t quit gossiping or lusting or cussing…) and in having tasted freedom, they would be so overjoyed, that they could not help but talk about it, study more about perfecting it to a constancy, and excitedly tell others. For that is the guaranteed natural outcome of anyone who has found something (or someone) wonderful. They will want to find out more, and they WILL tell others!

The LORD says in Isa. 49:9, “Say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!'” How? Through belief in Jesus, repentance, and transferring our citizenship to His kingdom of light. For what He did for us on the cross –taking the punishment for sin–“He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1:13,14) So because of this tender mercy of our God we’ve been given salvation and forgiveness from Him who came “to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:79)

Salvation… mercy… tenderness… guidance… peace… and freedom…! Indeed, as Rom. 6:18 tells us, “You have been set free from sin…” And Rev. 1:5 sums it up well, “He loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood.”

How does this forgiveness, love, and freedom relate to resolutions? Here’s how: Once we’ve genuinely transferred our citizenship, we need only to make resolutions (or decisions) by HIS power and will. Our wills have been completely submitted to HIS will, and by our having done this, He gives the power for its application. Furthermore, we make only resolutions that HE tells us to, knowing He loves us and considers the best for us. Thus, in so doing, we can be assured that HIS power will not fail us, and we can then perform it –abide by it.

People can muster a lot of will-power on their own. The human potential is actually quite remarkable. But even for the best, it is just a whole lot more lovely to just rest in our God’s power than to work up our own. Because even the best often fail. But God does not fail.

So, if you have a resolution… walk in Him… His mercy, His power, and His freedom. That freedom and power which our merciful God, through our Lord Jesus, paid to give you.

Oh, how do we –specifically and practically– walk in this freedom? By abiding in the Vine. (John 15:1-8) What does that mean? It means walking closely with the Lord in repentance and obedience. How do we practically do that? We pray, praise, and meditate on His Word –the Bible. Indeed, the Word is the main thing He talks from; as well as the main source from which we derive power for right living (see John 17:17 & 1 Peter 1:22,23) and for walking in freedom. (Ps. 119:45)

Blessings to all… as we do this… this entire new year.

Love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on January 1, 2010.

 
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