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Q:

Does the Bible say anything about making New Year's resolutions? I quit making them years ago because I never could keep them, but now that I'm more serious about my faith I wondered if I ought to give it a try again.


A:

The Bible doesn’t mention making resolutions at the beginning of a new year–but it does urge us to examine our lives regularly, and to seek God’s help to become better persons every day. The Bible says, “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord” (Lamentations 3:40).

Did you ever ask yourself why you found it so hard to keep the resolutions you used to make? One reason may have been that they weren’t realistic, or you had no clear plan for reaching them. Many New Year’s resolutions, I’m afraid, are little more than a “wish list”–a series of things we’d like to change about our lives, but little more. They also may be very self-centered, with little thought about whether or not they are God’s will.

Another reason, however, why we fail to keep our resolutions is because we seek to reach them in our own strength instead of with God’s help. But we are spiritually and morally weak, and we will never be the people God wants us to be unless we turn to Him for the help we need. The psalmist wrote, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:2).

As we begin this new year, pause right now and ask God to show you what He wants to do in your life during this coming year. Resolve to grow closer to Christ every day, and with the help of His Holy Spirit to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11).

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16 Comments

  1. anne foulds says:

    thank you

  2. Brenda Lewis says:

    Pray that God will show me what his will is for me this year my fining in him will be great pray my family will be save se God salvation

  3. Tonya LaVanture says:

    Thankyou Pastor Graham for such words of wisdom and truth. You have truly been a blessing in my life. I accepted Christ as my personal Savior many years ago in a Birmingham, AL crusade of yours and it has truly changed my life….thanks and God Bless

  4. Paula Goode says:

    Thank you for tne words of encouragement!

  5. sambulo ngulube says:

    God bless all the nations come 2015

  6. Edward says:

    BGEA keep at it! Many souls will rejoice in Heaven because you obeyed the call!

  7. Rebecca Endicott says:

    i think what you said is true. We start out with that are importance,. But in two or three days, we reslize we can’t stop doing what we set out to do!!

  8. Linda Cheshier says:

    May God Bless Billy Graham and The Graham Family.

  9. calixte says:

    very interesting. Thank you for this teaching which open us the eyes of heart. i wil call for the help of Holy Ghost in order to search and fulfill the plan of God in 2015 for my life. Thank you more.

  10. Barbara T Duckett says:

    Thank you pastor Graham for your guidance.