10 New Year's Resolutions From the Bible

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! 
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? 
I am making a way in the wilderness 
and streams in the wasteland."
Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

I’ve always loved those two verses from Isaiah. They remind me that no matter what happened yesterday, God gives me hope for today!

This is the week when we make resolutions. We resolve to put the events of this year in the past and move forward into the new year with a fresh start.

What do you hope to accomplish in 2011? Will you resolve to shed weight? Squash a bad habit? Work out at the gym? Spend more time with your family?

As you make your list of resolutions, consider these

10 New Year's Resolutions From the Bible:

I will try not to be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present my requests to God. (Philippians 4:6)

Instead of depending on my own wisdom, I will seek the wisdom of the Lord. I will respect Him and refuse to do wrong. (Proverbs 3:7)

If someone mistreats me, I will not mistreat that person in return. Instead, I will try to earn the respect of others, and I will do my best to live at peace with everyone. (Romans 12:17-18)

I will remember not to judge people, because in the same way that I judge them, they might judge me. (Matthew 7:1-2)

I will never let love and faithfulness leave me. I will remember them every day and keep them in my heart. (Proverbs 3:3)

I will honor the Lord with whatever I earn and by doing the best that I can. (Proverbs 3:9)

I will study my Bible and be careful to follow only those teachers who are true messengers of God. (Matthew 7:15)

With all my heart, I will trust in the Lord and not in my own judgment. I will always let Him lead me and make clear to me the road I should follow. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

I will love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul and strength. (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Finally, I will fix my thoughts on what is true and honorable, and right and pure, and lovely and admirable. I will concentrate on things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)

As we enter 2011, I wish all of you a year filled with faith, hope, love,
and resolutions fulfilled through blessings from God.


Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Oh, Jean, what an inspiring post!

Whether successes or failures marked our path, we're to go forward. Thank you for encouraging me today. :)


Jean Fischer said...

Thanks, Susan. I'm happy to know that you were inspired by the post.

Happy New Year!

Jeanette Levellie said...

What wonderful goals for our year and life! Thanks for this inspiring post, Jean.


Jean Fischer said...

Hi, Jen.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I wish you all the best for a happy new year.


Lynda Scotson said...

Many years ago I made a New Year resolution which I have stuck to ever since - not to make any more New Year resolutions (because I always break them)! But thank you for this Jean, I'm going to share it with others on Facebook because it is such a refreshing slant on the whole thing.

Jean Fischer said...

Thanks for your comment, Lynda. I've also resolved not to make New Year's resolutions. I think following God's Word is the best way to begin not only a new year but each new day.

I appreciate the share with your Facebook friends.


quietspirit said...

This list is wonderful. It speaks to our need to 'let go and let God.' Thanks for sharing it.

Jean Fischer said...

You're welcome, Quietspirit A very happy and blessed new year to you!


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