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Topic: Risk (05/17/12)
TITLE: WHAT DOES IT TSKE TO MOVE CONFIDENTLY INTO NEW RESOLUTIONS?
By Henrietta W. Romman
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WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MOVE TRUSTINGLY INTO NEW RESOLUTIONS?
“May God’s blessings surround you each day,
As you trust Him and walk in His way,
May His presence within
Guard and keep you from sin,
Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.”
This beautiful chorus by Cliff Barrows can be the most wonderful daily incentive for beginning a new week—a new month---or even a new year.
January is commonly known as an outstanding month succeeding the Christmas festivities.
In our childlike nature, we view it with some considerable apprehension.
“Lord, what will this year hold in store for me” We pray: “If I make different and strange choices as usual, will you not please be with me, dear Lord?”
Certainly God’s re-assuring Word says with confirmed proof that He will indeed do that.
At the approach of each New Year, most of us expect that “the resolution bulbs” which we have recently planted in our minds and hearts would start to grow according to our promises to ourselves. We tend to hear the word “resolve” repeated daily. Generally speaking, with a strong determination, the good things can take shape effectively in every person’s life.
Let me first encourage and cheer you with this beneficial advice from my personal experience: The most fulfilling, the most joyful and peaceful place to be is in the center of our God’s will. This is what we need to do each month of every year. We should determine to settle in the complete will of our heavenly Father.
If so, then may this determination be the sincere focus of many.
God’s will may not necessarily appear as the safest place for our life. However, knowing that He is with us makes all the difference in granting us the peace and assurance we need.
Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Beloved Friends, our Lord promises us that as we walk daily depending upon Him, we shall be “waterproof and fire-proof Christians”. Does He mean that we shall never be harmed? Indeed no! Our Lord promises that He will remain our defense in our greatest difficulties and dangers. God will definitely cover us completely, so that if the body is affected---the spirit remains in God’s protective hands and arms.
While we walk through a new resolution, let not fear grip and scare our beings.
I recently read the story in the life of Beverley LaHaye. Her husband Tim decided to take flying lessons. Knowing of his resolution, panic for Tim’s presumed dangers ahead, stole her peace completely.
She writes, “As my fear was controlling me, I took my husband’s advice, was open with the Lord, and I prayed, letting God know my dreads. I said, I am ready to change, if YOU Lord would have me do so.”
Life is not always calm or pleasant. God gave us spiritual experience of His continuous presence---to strengthen us at such times of hesitating. In our life of faith, we certainly heard this expressed numerous times, “If we have the person of Christ, we have the unshakable kingdom”….Amen
We need never fear the rising storms as we move into any new resolutions. As our heavenly Father brings you to it, He will graciously see you all through it.
May we all be led to trust God implicitly? We shall then be safe, because He is Lord of all. And He knows all things. Amen
May the great joy of this song inspire us all to take any new step blindly.
“Put your hand in the hands of the Man who stilled the waters?
Put your hand in the hand of the Man who calmed the sea,
Take a look at yourself, and you will look at others differently,
Put your hand in the hand of the Man from Galilee”
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