"'Resolve to honor My name,'
says the LORD Almighty."
A new year. A turning of the calendar pages. A time for reflection. A time for resolve. A time for looking ahead for growth and change.
Lasting and fruitful change.
That can only come through the perfect Word of God. "Every word of God is flawless..." Proverbs 30:5
"You cannot develop a righteous life apart from God’s Word. Righteousness must be cultivated. As you fill your mind with the words of God, and as you obey His instructions, He will guide you in the ways of righteousness." - Blackaby
If we resolve to do anything this year, let's resolve to honor His name and be transformed by His Word. "...'resolve to honor My name,' says the LORD Almighty." Malachi 2:2
A surrendered heart pursuing peace and holiness. Seems like such a lofty, unattainable pursuit. Yet we are instructed to do it. "Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14
Resolved to honor His name. Resolved to be transformed.
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Resolutions tend to be self-centered. Resolutions are about me, my strength and my commitment.
Transformation is Christ-centered. Transformation comes from the renewing of our minds by the washing of the water of God's Word. We surrender and yield to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and allow His transformation to take place in our lives through the Truth of God's Word. And WOW...He transforms us into His image! "You have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." Col. 3:10
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Cor. 3:18
"Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
The condition of my heart before the Lord moment-by-moment is most important to me. God creates a pure heart in us. God renews a steadfast spirit in us. My responsibility is to keep my heart before Him in humility. A teachable heart. A humble heart. "...humility precedes honor." Proverbs 15:33
"Every time we open the Word of God, it should be for the purpose of being broken." - Nancy Leigh DeMoss “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15
As we daily surrender our hearts to His truth, He creates a pure heart in us and transforms our hearts to be more like His. Wow! That sure is humbling and awesome.
If we resolve to do anything this year, let's resolve to honor His name and be transformed by His Word. "...'resolve to honor My name,' says the LORD Almighty." Malachi 2:2 This resolve is too lofty for to attain on our own. Only by HIS grace and Word can it be so. Let's look only to Him and His Truth for renewal and transformation.
Happy Renew Year!!!
"I delight in Your decrees; I will not neglect Your word."