Now that we are in the new year, there will be many talks about new year’s resolutions. Everyone is going to be setting goals on how to be their best self in the new year. There is nothing wrong with setting goals, but as children of God, our number one goal should be to grow closer to God. We should strive to become who he has created us to be. So today, let’s look at some things we need to do to help us get closer to God.
In order for us to move forward with God and allow him to do the work that needs to be done in us, we must let go of things that hold us down. Paul says in Philippians 3:13-14, that he has not achieved everything he needs to achieve. Yet Paul decided not to let that hold him down. We cannot allow our past mistakes and hurts to hold us down from becoming who God has called us to be. We have all made mistakes in our lives, but we cannot allow those mistakes to define us. Let us allow God to define who we are in him. Focus our attention on God and ask him to forgive us of our sins. Once we have honestly repented, we can now concentrate on moving forward and not dwelling on the past.
When we have repented and are ready to move forward with Christ, let us consider these few guidelines to help get us to the next level in your relationship with him. Let your new year’s resolutions look similar to these:
First, spend time with the Lord and read his word. You cannot know a person until you have spent time with them. Knowing their personality, likes, and dislikes will help you understand that person. God is the same way. He desires to spend time with you. The best thing about spending time with God is that you learn things about yourself that you did not know. He doesn’t just reveal himself to you but he will also educate you about who you are in him. (Jeremiah 1:5)
Secondly, pray for God’s wisdom. As children of God, we need his wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him,” says James 1:5. Also pray for God’s understanding. We need God’s understanding to be able to do his will. Take a look at Psalm 119:73. A person can have wisdom and not have an understanding of how to apply it. In seeking God’s wisdom, it’s also best to seek his understanding.
Thirdly, you want to make sure to rely on God’s strength to help you. You cannot handle the demands of life with your strength alone. You need God to strengthen you. I love Isaiah 40: 29-31 and Philippians 4:13 because they encourages me to rely on God’s strength. We live in a very busy world that requires a lot of our strengths but when we go in the presence of God and “wait on him,” we come out feeling rejuvenated.
Lastly, be mindful of the company you keep. Surround yourself with other believers; people that will help build your faith. The Bible tells us that “evil company corrupts good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33) If you want to grow closer to God you are going to need friends that have similar goals. Pray and ask God to show you a friend that could be an accountability partner for you. An accountability partner will help give you the support and comfort you need to move forward in your faith. Let it be someone that will tell you the truth in love and according to the word of God.
Please be aware that this not going to happen overnight. It is going to be an everyday decision you make to follow Christ. You are going to have some good days and some bad days but the more you walk with Jesus, the more you will have good days rather than bad. Also, when you feel like you have fallen short, don’t be discouraged. Call on Jesus, repent, and continue where you left off. God will meet you where you are and “perfect everything concerning you.” (Psalms 138:8)
Be blessed and keep the Faith
Your Sister in Christ,