Tomorrow in January 1. I have never been particularly fond of New Year’s. There is really no magic that happens between midnight December 31 and 12:01 on January 1. Many people often make New Year’s resolutions. Most resolutions tend to fall by the wayside within an average of 21 days. If you doubt that, compare gym attendance the first and last weeks of January. For me, I find the New Year’s to be good time to review/reflect on the previous year and think through a few goals for the coming year.
Most resolutions fail because we fail to rely on God’s resources. Consider that He has given us everything we need to succeed this coming year. Here are 5 P’s of what He has given us:
First, read what 2 Peter 1:2-8 from The Message reminds us:
Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.
So don’t lose a minute in building on what you’ve been given, complementing your basic faith with good character, spiritual understanding, alert discipline, passionate patience, reverent wonder, warm friendliness, and generous love, each dimension fitting into and developing the others. With these qualities active and growing in your lives, no grass will grow under your feet, no day will pass without its reward as you mature in your experience of our Master Jesus.
Study what God has already given you: (They all begin with the letter “P” to help you remember!)
1. The Profe: The Holy Spirit to teach you. John 16:13-15; 1 John 2:27; Psalm 119:18
Profe is a Spanish word that students warmly use to call their teacher. The Holy Spirit is our teacher, our profe. As a father leads his child by the hand, the Holy Spirit will lead and guide you into God’s truth this year.
John 16:13-15 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
John 2:27 But as for you, Christ has poured out his Spirit on you. As long as his Spirit remains in you, you do not need anyone to teach you. For his Spirit teaches you about everything, and what he teaches is true, not false. Obey the Spirit’s teaching, then, and remain in union with Christ. Good News Bible
2. His Presence: John 14:16; Matt 28:20; Psalm 139:1-16; Romans 8:35-39; Hebrews 13:5-6 Take a moment to read these increidible promises.
3. The Power: or the enabling John 14:15-21, also Acts 1:8. The apostle Peter is a good example here. Recall when Peter behaved like a coward when a girl asked him if he had been with Jesus? He denied Jesus to her and twice more. But in Acts 2 you see a courageous Peter. Acts 1:8 made all the difference!
4. The Promise: to give you wisdom (James 1:5) God’s promises are a solid foundation upon which you can build. James 1:5 says, If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. What does God promise here? What do you learn about the character of God in this verse?
Have you ever gone to someone to ask a favor? Maybe the first time they helped you out. But the next time you ask again and they seem a little put out like, “I helped you last time! I think you could figure this out on your own now.” But God is not like that. He will not make you feel stupid or belittle you for asking for wisdom or help over and over again. He is a generous giver and won’t look down on you for asking.
5. The Producing: Phil 2:13; John 15:1-11. It is God who produces in you not only the willingness but also the ability to do the things that please Him.
Remembering these 5 P’s will help your New Year’s resolution to stick and for you to see growth and maturity in your life when you look back over your life a year from now. Happy New Year!