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10 GUIDELINES FOR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

GOD: Be prayerful. Remember dependence and helplessness in your relationship with God are prerequisites for spiritual health. How about a thorough spiritual check-up this year (2 Cor. 13:5)?

OTHERS: Be helpful.   Make a commitment to show love and encouragement to someone everyday (Rm. 14:19-22). Challenge yourself to be kind and helpful especially to those who least expect it (Eph. 4:32)!

YOUR MIND: Read and think about something noble and creative every day (Phil. 4:8). Start the day with the Bible. Let the words of life fill your heart and mind before anything else gets to them!

FEELINGS: Express them with love and honesty. Whether fear, guilt, grief, rage, shame, or anxiety, express your feelings to God, self, and a trusted friend (Prov. 27:5; 1 Pet. 3:7).

ACTIONS: Be generous. Without thought of reward or praise be extravagant in your giving to others (2 Cor. 9:7). Give freely of your love, time, money, spirit, creativity, encouragement, and praise. Don't be stingy with the most important and powerful gifts in your possession, let your actions reflect the startling love of God!

SUCCESSES: Be thankful (Col. 3:15). Most if not all of our successes are the result of God's grace not our cleverness or hard work. Count your blessings regularly.

TROUBLES: Be trustful. For some mysterious reason, many times, God has chosen to make us mature through trials and hardships (Heb. 12:6-10). Look for the hand of God in every circumstance and trust His guidance in the highs and lows of life.

HEART: Be careful (Prov. 23:7). Focus your love on the Father and Savior who reside within you. Be careffil what you allow to creep in to this sacred space which belongs to God.

WORSHIP: Be still (Psa. 46:10). Expressing your love and adoration to God isn't reserved for Sundays only. Don't get too busy throughout the week to make continual offerings of praise to God. Jesus is Lord of every day!

SIN: Be repentant. Don't let any sin harden your heart or break the connection between you and God. Confess your sins to the Father every day (I Jn. 1:6-10). Claim His promises that forgive you and make you pure and clean by the Blood of Jesus!

-Dean Fitch
Glad Tidings of Good Things
Volume 9, January 9, 2004
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