Normally, I do not sit down and make a list of resolutions or goals or any last minute promises to myself during this time. They would pretty much be what's constantly on my to-do-list anyway - clean the house, read my Bible more, maybe I'll wait another year before I start excercising, etc. etc.
There are specific goals that I have though, that have nothing to do with the mundane, routine things in life. These have to do with the vision God has given me for my life, what He has called me to do in life and revealed to me. The plans God has for us include our vocations, but I am talking about what He wants accomplished for His Kingdom. There are a couple of verses that have stuck with me for the last several weeks.
You may be familiar with Habakkuk 2:1-3, which says, "I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guardpost and watch to see what The Lord will say to me, and what I will answer when I am corrected. Then the Lord answered me and said: “ Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry."
I thought of this in conjunction with the classic passage people read during the Christmas season, Luke 2, which describes the virgin birth of Jesus through Mary. "And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born." (vs. 6) Another translation describes it in this way - "that the days were accomplished." That really made me reference my own goals and visions God has given me. The fact is, sooner or later(usually later than my timetable of when I expect things should be happening) the days are going to be accomplished and then the time will be when my goals surely come to pass. I don't know about you, but that is exciting for me. It's a comfort to know that every day is one step closer to the goal. Every day is one step closer to your promise, not farther away.
I find it interesting that God specifically mentions waiting. We are going to have to wait for our goals to be realized. Obviously, some things just do not happen overnight, regardless of how much our society is bred for instant - instant coffee, fast food, high-speed internet, go buy it now, instant gratification, instant sex. Those things all reinforce a false message that I believe skews our perception of time and tempts us to disbelieve God when we have to wait for something good. The devil's lie is that it is never going to happen. Actually, that kind of thinking will steal hope, every single time. That negative thinking causes an actual physical pain that goes deep within us to the very core of our being and brings disappointment in us. It's a lie that gets repeated over and over again and every time it will cause more pain and more agony and more disappointment and even bring in other lies with it, like "I don't deserve it." Hey, if God promised you something, it's not based on whether or not you deserve it. We can't earn God's approval, we cannot earn His favor, we cannot earn His salvation. We can only receive those things through faith. It's only through believing His promises to us that we will receive them. Eph.2:8-9, "God saved you by His grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it."
Get a revelation today. What is your "IT" that God has promised you? What are those things that you hope for and dream about and pray for? You know, some things in us really are God-given and some things that we desperately want might not necessarily be God's BEST for us. Go to your watchtower and ask The Lord about your resolutions and goals, not just for this year but all of them, your life ones. Did you catch that Habakkuk says that he would be corrected. God may want to realign you in areas and truthfully, that is tough. Because we just want what we want when we want it. But it is submission to His will that is the very essence of our salvation. Salvation is all-encompassing. It is enough for our minds, bodies, souls, and spirits to be completely whole. There is no room for disappointment or hope deferred in salvation. Salvation is believing in our hearts and confessing with our mouths - it's both parts. (Rom. 10:9-10) Salvation isn't just some nice prayer. It even encompasses our goals and the dreams and visions God has placed within us.
I am believing for good things this year and I am confessing it. I am waiting with great expectancy for God's promises to me to surely come to pass! My days are going to be accomplished and I am going to see The Lord work in my life, in my family's life and in the lives of the people around me! It's coming!
"Lord Jesus, I ask you to bless the ones who are reading this post. I break every stronghold and lie in the minds and hearts of people by the power of the Name of Jesus that have held them in captivity to disappointment and darkness and addiction. I ask for Your Holy Spirit to bring them into all truth Lord, the truth that The Blood of Jesus is enough for them, to set them free and give them a hope and a good future this year! In Jesus' Name! Amen!"