'2008 Resolutions'

I am not a big 'New Years Resolutions' guy, but it is a good time to do some personal and familial evaluation. I thought I'd share some ways I am seeking conformity to Christ:

--Wake up each morning and preach the Gospel to your self. Start the day with a Gospel perspective, acknowledging your dependence on God.

--Be observant and identify evidences of grace in others. Encourage them and so ‘give grace to those who hear.’ (Eph 4.29)

--Realize that you are always doing much better than you deserve.

--Make the best use of time, as it is fleeting (Eph 5.16). Number your days (Ps 90.12) because life is a vapor (James 4.14).

--I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin? (Job 31.1)

--Do not let the sun go down on your anger (Eph 4.26)

--Love your wife as Christ loves the church (Eph 5.22-31), and do not be harsh with her lest your prayers be hindered (Col 3.19, 1 Pet 3.7).

--Bridle your tongue, or your religion is worthless (James 1.26).

--Think weekly about where you’ve sinned and been negligent.

--Pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5.17). Prayerlessness is pride, and makes the statement that you are self-sufficient.

--Consider/weigh/pray about your reaction to criticism. Be thankful for criticism and agree with it. You are much worse than your critic even knows. You have been judged and justified in Christ and are now in Him, with whom God is well pleased. Criticism is a gift to you from God.

--Respond to life’s mishaps as one who believes God is on the throne. God is meticulously sovereign, so act accordingly when life happens.