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Five Resolutions You Need To Make In 2023

And Why They Will Change Your Life

Every year, millions worldwide, particularly in the West, make ‘resolutions’ that they quickly break for various reasons. While they are well-meaning and well-intentioned, most are not practical, or the person making the resolution lacks the commitment to see it through. They are controlled by habits that require more than a flippant resolve to see them through.

I have ceased making resolutions like cutting back on sugar, starting a new diet plan, and exercising more. We all know we need to eat healthier, so rather than go to extremes, the easiest thing to do is start slow and not make major adjustments too soon. In addition, we all should know we need more income than outcome, so it’s not rocket science to know we either need more income or cut unnecessary expenses.

What’s The Problem?

Since these are all things we know we should be doing, why do we keep sinking in the wrong direction every year? Perhaps we love eating what is not healthy, or we hate exercise more than just taking a few simple steps to move in the right direction.

Others resolve to read the Bible more or pray more; some desire to volunteer or give more. But, once again, they are stuck in their comfort zone and find it easier to lie in bed or watch the same old sad news to start their day. We all have done it. We want to grow our relationship with the Lord, but we can’t just get out of bed or crack open our Bible.

We know society and culture are broken and need Jesus, but we enjoy listening to the world’s garbage rather than putting on some good worship and inviting the Holy Spirit to change the day.

“If We did the simple, practical things, we would be far more inclined to live consistent lives serving the Lord and not need New Year’s Resolutions.”

Obedience Will Carry Us Through Each Day

Simply put, if we spent more time obeying the voice of the Lord and focusing on Him and His word, then we would be able to do daily those practical things such as eat right, rest, spend less on what we want and more on needs, give generously and even exercise.

But we are human, and I get it. We are weak, so making resolutions helps us to say, “I know that I need to do better at what I eat, how I rest and play, and where my money goes. I’m in the same boat as you, so I am not throwing rocks. So, set proper and practical goals for weight, diet, finances, and rest for the New Year. Here are five things we need to practice daily that will give us more freedom.

1- Forgiveness-Develop a Lifestyle of Forgiveness

If we were participating in the Kingdom of God family feud, the number one blocker to freedom would be unforgiveness. Yes, forgiveness is a principle that Jesus spoke a lot about. People who choose not to forgive others experience bitterness, anger, and other emotional and physical bondages. Unfortunately, there is no survey among people but a command from the righteous judge himself.

What does the scripture say?

Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

We constantly are bombarded with opportunities to become offended by people. Jesus talks about others’ trespasses against us as individuals. The word trespass means to enter someone’s property without their permission. In the Judaic law, to trespass was to break one of the laws.

When Jesus is telling us to forgive men their trespasses, He is telling us to forgive others who sinned or offended us. In other words, if I hurt your feelings, I have entered your ‘property’ or person without permission. Therefore, I have caused a setback in our relationship. Further, if someone breaks the moral, ethical, or other law, we must forgive them.

People must pay the price for their sins, mistakes, and crimes. However, we are not the judge. We must forgive those who hurt, offended, or wronged us, no matter what. It is not an option; if we want our sins forgiven by the father, we need to forgive. Many teach today that Jesus has already paid the price, so we don’t have to do anything.

While Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice, we must repent and turn from our wicked ways. Without forgiving others, we are saying Jesus’s sacrifice was inadequate to cover what they did to me. Why would we not want to forgive them?

Forgiveness will free us from owing someone anything and allows the completed work of the cross to do its work in our lives and the offender. So walk in forgiveness in 2023!

2- Choose To Be Unoffendable

Closely related to forgiveness is being offended. In fact, people hurt us every day, and we get offended and choose not to forgive, and things escalate to the point that we become bitter, angry, depressed, and seek revenge.

In his book, “Bait of Satan, ” John Bevere writes about being offended.” If being offended is the bait of Satan, then why would we want to take it? Yet, we are quick to grab it, hook, line, and sinker, and soon we are reeled into walking in offendedness and unforgiveness and all that is associated with it.

Being offended is an open door to a whole world of demonic strongholds. On the other hand, choosing to be unoffendable means that as soon as the offense occurs, we choose to forgive and place it on the cross. Yes, the work of the cross is sufficient today to put someone’s offense toward us in Jesus’ hands and let it be done away with forever.

We place the offender on the cross when we choose to be offended and not forgive. By choosing not to be offended immediately, we walk in the lifestyle Jesus intended. That’s the Sermon on the Mount lifestyle! So, choose not to be offended.

3- Prayer and Listening To God’s Voice

Earlier I mentioned prayer and how many of us make annual resolutions to pray more or attend more prayer meetings. Prayer is part of our relationship with the Son and Father; without it, we grow spiritually dry and weary. So, it is obvious we need to pray more, but most of our ‘praying’ is one way. We give our lists or offer some thanksgiving and praises, but 90 percent of what most Christians call prayer is us talking.

For prayer to be effective, it must be a two-way street. In other words, God is talking, and thus we should be listening. Messianic Rabbi Dick Reuben said it best: “we have one mouth and two ears, so we need to shut up and listen.”

We ask God for many things, but we do not take the time to listen and wait for the answer. He is always speaking, but are we listening? God speaks to us in many ways, such as through His Word, dreams, visions, prophecy, circumstances, creation, people- believers and non-believers, and of course, the primary way is the Holy Spirit.

So, let’s resolve to listen for His voice and how He speaks to us. Habakkuk wrote it best in chapter 2, verse 1 when he penned these words: I will take my stand at my watch post and station myself on the tower and look out to see what he will say to me

and what I will answer concerning my complaint. Notice that Habakkuk waited for God to speak; in his case, he was watching in the Spirit.

In 2023, listen, watch and wait for the Lord to speak.

4- Trust and Obey

It goes without saying that we should resolve or set a goal to trust and obey God more. We get tested when we say we will believe Him for more and trust Him for bigger things. When tests and trials come, we quickly retreat to our cave and allow doubt to rule the day.

Trusting God means obeying Him. If He has given us a word, then we must obey. Unfortunately, Delay often brings discouragement, and soon the spiral brings us into complete and under disbelief. Then we use language that sends the message that we believe but have lost faith in whatever God promised us.

Let this be the year we say we will never doubt what He has told us. His word never changes, including any promise He has given to you or me. So stand firm in your faith just as Jude and Peter admonish us to and give no place for doubt and unbelief.

5- Rest

It goes without saying that we all need to rest more. In our world, people are busier and on the go more than at any time in history. We live in the digital age, where more information is accessible via the internet. People read digital books, play games online, and communicate via social media more than ever. So we should get more done faster and have more time for recreation.

However, we spend so much time glued to our devices that we are consumed with the world’s stuff. Our minds constantly process information, whether it be politics, sports, entertainment, or other areas. We simply do not take time to withdraw and let our mind, will, emotions, and our spirit man ‘rest.’ We are constantly engaged in something.

God said Israel would not enter His rest due to their actions in the wilderness. See Hebrews 3:11. Their unbelief dictated their actions. The rest He spoke of and that Jesus accomplished for us is one where we cease to strive and allow Him to have those issues and worries that keep us from enjoying fellowship with the Godhead.

So in 2023, enter into the rest and live that way daily. Cease striving to figure it all out and trust that God is working it out behind the scenes. Our steps are ordered, but we have to follow them. We have to know where He is and where He is taking us. No, we don’t see it when it is happening, nor do we understand it, but by staying in the place of rest, we have taken our hands off and said I trust you, Lord.

Now is the time to commit to these five simple things we have all been commanded to do. And remember, none of us can accomplish any of this without the Holy Spirit.

Published by Joseph Floyd

I am a disciple of Christ, Husband, Father of 3 grown daughters. My wife and have a heart for the nation's and we long to see every nation worshipping Jesus around the throne. I enjoy writing, languages, international culinary of all kinds, travel, gardening, and cooking. My goal is to see the church and the nations prepared for the King's return, Jesus Christ.

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