4 New Year’s Resolutions for Christians

There are so many new years resolutions we can have, but I believe these four would change your 2020 for the better. This is how you’ll grow in your relationship with Christ and with others: resolve to pray and read the Word daily, to share your faith openly, to take care of your soul, and be Love to those around you. May this new year be filled with blessings for you!

Read and Pray the Word daily.

  • It’s funny how this resolution is the most talked about but hardest to apply. It seems like a given that we would read the Word daily, but for so many of us, time escapes us, and when we don’t schedule our time with the Lord, it just does not happen. Admit it. You tried to start that bible reading plan and things just didn’t pan out.

    • Here’s a resource: Public Reading of Scripture : Download the App if you download the app onto your phone (Public Reading of Scripture) it actually reads the Bible aloud to you as you follow the text, and there’s a bunch of different reading plans to suit your schedule. There’s 30 mins, 45 mins, 60 mins of daily bible reading. It’s the most engaging, lively bible reading I’ve ever encountered.

    • Get an accountability buddy or group. Read through the Word with a plan with friends or family. Give yourself grace when you do not read all of the day’s readings.

  • So that’s reading the Word. Now praying the Word is different. That’s when you take a text, and you read it aloud, and you pray over it. You insert names of yourself and others into it so that it comes to life. You meditate on it. You allow the Scripture to soak through you and you memorize parts of it to keep yourself equipped. We need to pray the Word out loud because it becomes Life giving to us, and we have direct communication with the Lord.

Share your faith openly.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

  • People are hungry, now, more than ever before, for a life of purpose and meaning. People are searching for answers, and wholeness. Little do they know that the answers are in the Bible and their source of life is from Jesus Christ. It is our job, our duty as Christ’s handiwork, to do good works, to share our faith, and to spread His name.

Take care of your mind, body, spirit.

  • As Christians, we tend to overwork ourselves in all areas of our life and steamroll over our own care. The secular age will tell you to do “self care” but I would implore you to consider “soul care”. What is “soul care” as a Christian? Soul care is usually defined in the context of a church community, where biblical counseling and nurturing is provided. But as a Christian, for yourself, I’d define soul care as tending to the needs of your mind, body, and spirit. There are so many ways that could take shape for you – whether it’s reading the Word daily, exercising daily, meditating on Scripture, engaging in a community bible study, volunteering, treating yourself to a coffee, going for a nature walk etc,.

Be Love to those around you.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Cor 13: 1-3

  • I was reminded in a healing and deliverance room once last year about this passage. They instructed me that if I had the message of God, if I could speak tongues, if I could do all these things, but did not act in Love, I was not going to reach people’s hearts. If I had all the biblical knowledge and foresight, but did not Love, I would not turn peoples’ hearts towards Christ. So I remind you that do all things in Love, and speak words softly with Love.

There are so many new years resolutions we can have, but I believe these four would change your 2020 for the better. This is how you’ll grow in your relationship with Christ and with others: resolve to pray and read the Word daily, to share your faith openly, to take care of your soul, and be Love to those around you. May this new year be filled with blessings for you!

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