We have a new member of our devotions team today – Dave Francis. Dave is our Family and Congregational Care Pastor at LSA. Welcome him, and we can all look forward to his messages in the coming year. Here’s his first:
Have you set any New Year’s Resolutions for 2021 yet? Maybe you have, maybe you haven’t; maybe you’ve given up on making them, or maybe you’ve never made any; but, however you answer this question, it’s important that you first establish clear priorities. Why? Because it will improve your chances of achieving your resolutions since they can be difficult to attain. A resolution is defined as “a firm decision to do or not do something”. Determining resolutions are not supposed to be a whimsical, light-hearted decision but rather a “firm” calculated one. Today I want to focus on how setting priorities can help you accomplish your resolutions in the most beneficial way. To help you accomplish this, I want you to take some time to ponder and answer 2 questions. The first question is, who matters most to you? And the second is, what matters most to you?
Deuteronomy 6:1-9 says, “These are the commands, decrees, and regulations that the Lord your God commanded me to teach you. You must obey them in the land you are about to enter and occupy, 2 and you and your children and grandchildren must fear the Lord your God as long as you live. If you obey all his decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life. 3 Listen closely, Israel, and be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you, and you will have many children in the land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you. 4 “Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. 5 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. 6 And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. 7 Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. 8 Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. 9 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (NLT)
These 9 verses draw attention to the priorities God wants us to have in our life and I want to highlight 5 truths that will help prioritize what or who is most important.
- Obey God and His word your whole life (v.1)
- Teach your children and grandchildren to obey and fear God (v.2-3)
- Love God with all your heart, soul, and strength (v.5)
- Commit wholeheartedly to following God’s instructions (v.6)
- Take responsibility for being the spiritual leader in your home (v.7-9)
Now, keeping these 5 priorities in mind, I encourage you to revisit or establish your resolutions for 2021. Pray for God’s wisdom and trust Him throughout the year as you attempt to achieve your resolutions. When you become weary and ready to quit, ask God for strength and be encouraged that He is able to do more than you can ask or imagine. Finally, remember to “Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”Psalm 37:4 (NIV)
Hoping you have a God honouring year as you pursue your resolutions.
Let the music and lyrics of Every Beat by North Point InsideOut motivate you today and throughout 2021.