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#MWC E2.7

HAPPY NEW YEAR! This is the time of year when so many people declare “New Year’s Resolutions”. But are New Year’s Resolutions really a good idea? Are they even Biblical? We’ll talk about it in today’s episode of MIDWEEK WORSHIP CONNECTION. Jeff also starts with a song written by the SongWriter’s Guild called, “Breathe Your Life Into Me”.

We’ve got a great song for you here to start off the new year. It just felt right to start the new year with a song that is called “Breathe Your Life Into Me“, written by the SongWriter’s Guild several years ago. It is a simple prayer asking God to breathe His life into us.

Breathe Your Life Into Me (written by Keith Byler | Rocky Favia, Jr. | Jeff Kaufman | Jeff Polen)

Lord, help me surrender
To Your heart, to Your love
Lord, help me surrender
To Your hearth, to Your perfect love

Because in You I am all that You say I am

When You breathe Your life into me
From my past, from my fears I am finally free
When You breathe Your life into me
And these dead bones rise and my heart will sing

Lord, help me remember
Your death on the cross and my life in Your death
Lord, help me remember
Your grace for my shame, now I can’t be condemned

Because in You I am all that You say I am

When You breathe Your life into me
From my past, from my fears I am finally free
When You breathe Your life into me
And these dead bones rise and my heart will sing

Because in You I am all that You say I am
In You I can be all that You say I can
In You I am all that You say I am
In You I can be all that You say I am

When You breathe Your life into me
From my past, from my fears I am finally free
When You breathe Your life into me
And these dead bones rise and my heart will sing

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

This is the time of year when so many people declare “New Year’s Resolutions”. Either they write them down somewhere to be sure not to forget them, or they boldly declare them (and ask others to hold them accountable). But are New Year’s Resolutions really a good idea? Are they even Biblical?

The answer to that question, I think, is: it depends.

On one hand, we see Jesus telling a parable about the foolishness of a rich man who made big plans to tear his barn down and build bigger ones for the plentiful harvest he was experiencing (see Luke 12:16-20). James also echoes this idea that we do not know what tomorrow will bring, so it is arrogance to declare what we will do tomorrow (see James 4:13-16).

On the surface, it may seem like a very bad (and unbiblical) idea to craft New Year’s Resolutions. However, I would suggest that New Year’s Resolutions certainly CAN be a good and godly idea. A couple of verses from Proverbs 16 and a verse from Psalm 37 help me come to this understanding.

The heart of a man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9, ESV)

Notice that the writer of Proverbs does not say it is a bad thing for a man to plan his way, but rather that a man does, in fact, plan his way. This is good, helpful, natural, and right. But it is not ultimately the deciding factor of what will happen. The LORD is the ultimate Decider and Establisher of man’s steps. This is maybe even more clearly seen in an earlier verse from Proverbs:

Commit your work to the LORD, and your plans will be established. (Proverbs 16;3, ESV)

God is not against us making plans. He is only against us making plans that are contrary to his will. If we commit our work (or what we are planning to do) to the LORD, our plans will be established. Why? Because they are not ultimately our plans, but his. Perhaps David was able to illuminate this truth best:

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4, ESV)

There is the key! Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart! Remember that God has a plan for your life (see Jeremiah 29:11)! It is good, helpful, natural, and right for us to make plans and set goals, as long as those plans and goals line up with HIS plans and goals for our life!

So here at the beginning of a new year, may you delight yourself in Jesus. May you listen to him share his plans for your life. May you set goals that honor God and help you to become more like Jesus every day. And may your plans be established by God himself!

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