The Promises of God have the power to transform New Year’s Resolutions into more than a heart’s desire or goals set at the onset of a new time cast forward. We all understand what it feels like to make promises to ourselves and to others at this time of year. Much hope and good intentions are generated.
Many make resolutions with great conviction and creativity. Has it occurred to us that our Creator made promises since the beginning of time with more conviction than our minds and hearts could ever fathom because of their faithfulness? This is a wondrous truth to take in today. Before we make resolves perhaps we can look at what original promise looks like.
A resolution by definition is a firm aim to do something, a steadiness. (Webster) In biblical times, the word in Greek meant a decree arrived at by a body of advisors. In Hebrew, it also suggested decree and interestingly implied the squeezing into shape, the molding into a form- such as clay by a potter. (Strong’s Concordance)
Could our instinct for renewal as we approach the New Year be inspired by our rootedness in God’s first Promises to us? He was the first Promise maker. The Promises of God are never broken. They are everlasting, made with immeasurable love and mercy. Before we cast our individual heart visions into the New Year, it would be a joyful moment to remember the Promises of God to us.
With these kept close, we will, like the clay that molds close to the form in the likeness intended by its maker – become the drawn to all of the blessings and most importantly, the likeness of God in character that will cultivate a life that glorifies Him. This, growing in us throughout the New Year would make it one fruitful to Spirit, a life that Harvests Love according to the will of God.
We would be joy, peace, and hope in every part, pursuit, and perspective of life. His Promises would become part of who we are and live in us, as us. That is a great resolve. A wondrous decree for The New Year! :LW
Pursuit by Promise: 10 Scriptures About God’s Promises
2 Peter 1:4
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.