A New Beginning With God

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Happy New Year to all my friends here on WordPress. The year 2014 is gone and gone forever and if you’re reading this, then you’re among those that has been favoured by God to seeing this year 2015.

Most of us weren’t faithful and committed to God last year, some of you became careless towards spiritual things, didn’t pay tithe, always late to Sunday School or didn’t attend at all. Others weren’t seen at all attending their local Church weekly activities … If you’re in this categories, then you’ve failed God last year.

However, there is room for improvement because this is entirely a different year and it’s still fresh! If you’ve not make any resolutions at all consider reading Jonathan Edwards resolutions, I think they are great.

Three Resolutions Every Christian Should Make And Abide To

Most of us made resolutions to follow last year, but like many we weren’t able to keep to them (including myself). We totally forgot our resolutions even before the middle of the year, let’s pray that this year would be different for us.

1. Resolve to become more and more like Jesus. Let this be your ultimate goal for the New Year. Yearn to see your life conformed to Jesus, let your speech, character, desires, motives … etc, become like Jesus.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 2:5

” For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” – Romans 8:29

Phil. 2:1-11, Col 3:1-25, Eph. 2:10, Titus 3:1-15, EPG. 4:1-32, Gal. 5:19-21, 1 Jon. 3:16

2. Resolve to grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The best way to grow in grace is digging deep into the wellspring of God’s Word. Take your daily Bible reading seriously, don’t go on and off like last year. As evil and false teachers flood the world, you must study the word of God for yourself so that you’ll not fall into error.

” But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” – 2 Peter 3:18

2 Tim. 2:15, 1 Peter 2:1, 2 Tim. 3:16, James 1:17, Hen. 11:6

3. Resolve to be consistent in your daily prayer life. If you’re going to be successful in this New Year, you must develop a prayer life. All other resolutions you make should be watered in the Spirit of prayers and supplication.

Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

 11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. note xref-1

 14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

 15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

 16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

 17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Blessings to you this New Year!

Further Study: Matt. 6:5-13, Col. 4:2, 2 Chronic. 7:14

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The Resolutions Of Jonathan Edwards

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Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.

Overall Life Mission1

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.

3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.

4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power; might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.

62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty; and then according to Eph. 6:6-8, do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man; “knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.” June 25 and July 13, 1723.

Good Works

11. Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances don’t hinder.

13. Resolved, to be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.

69. Resolved, always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it. Aug. 11, 1723.

Time Management

5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

18. Resolved, to live so at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the gospel, and another world.

19. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.

37. Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I have denied myself: also at the end of every week, month and year. Dec. 22 and 26, 1722.

40. Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. Jan. 7, 1723.

41. Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better. Jan. 11, 1723.

50.Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July 5, 1723.

51.Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.

52. I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.

55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. July 8, 1723.

61. Resolved, that I will not give way to that listlessness which I find unbends and relaxes my mind from being fully and fixedly set on religion, whatever excuse I may have for it-that what my listlessness inclines me to do, is best to be done, etc. May 21, and July 13, 1723.

Relationships

14. Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.

15. Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger to irrational beings.

16. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.

31. Resolved, never to say anything at all against anybody, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said anything against anyone, to bring it to, and try it strictly by the test of this Resolution.

33. Resolved, always to do what I can towards making, maintaining, establishing and preserving peace, when it can be without over-balancing detriment in other respects. Dec. 26, 1722.

34. Resolved, in narration’s never to speak anything but the pure and simple verity.

36. Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it. Dec. 19, 1722.

46. Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father or mother. Resolved to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eve: and to be especially careful of it, with respect to any of our family.

58. Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness and benignity. May 27, and July 13, 1723.

59. Resolved, when I am most conscious of provocations to ill nature and anger, that I will strive most to feel and act good-naturedly; yea, at such times, to manifest good nature, though I think that in other respects it would be disadvantageous, and so as would be imprudent at other times. May 12, July 2, and July 13.

66. Resolved, that I will endeavor always to keep a benign aspect, and air of acting and speaking in all places, and in all companies, except it should so happen that duty requires otherwise.

70. Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak.

Suffering

9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.

10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.

67. Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.

57. Resolved, when I fear misfortunes and adversities, to examine whether ~ have done my duty, and resolve to do it; and let it be just as providence orders it, I will as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty and my sin. June 9, and July 13, 1723.

Character

8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.

12. Resolved, if I take delight in it as a gratification of pride, or vanity, or on any such account, immediately to throw it by.

21. Resolved, never to do anything, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.

32. Resolved, to be strictly and firmly faithful to my trust, that that in Prov. 20:6, “A faithful man who can find?” may not be partly fulfilled in me.

47. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to deny whatever is not most agreeable to a good, and universally sweet and benevolent, quiet, peaceable, contented, easy, compassionate, generous, humble, meek, modest, submissive, obliging, diligent and industrious, charitable, even, patient, moderate, forgiving, sincere temper; and to do at all times what such a temper would lead me to. Examine strictly every week, whether I have done so. Sabbath morning. May 5, 1723.

54. Whenever I hear anything spoken in conversation of any person, if I think it would be praiseworthy in me, Resolved to endeavor to imitate it. July 8, 1723.

63. On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time. Jan. 14 and July 3, 1723.

27. Resolved, never willfully to omit anything, except the omission be for the glory of God; and frequently to examine my omissions.

39. Resolved, never to do anything that I so much question the lawfulness of, as that I intend, at the same time, to consider and examine afterwards, whether it be lawful or no; except I as much question the lawfulness of the omission.

20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.

Spiritual Life

Assurance

25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

26. Resolved, to cast away such things, as I find do abate my assurance.

48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or no; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.

49. Resolved, that this never shall be, if I can help it.

The Scriptures

28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.

Prayer

29. Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope God will accept.

64. Resolved, when I find those “groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26), of which the Apostle speaks, and those “breakings of soul for the longing it hath,” of which the Psalmist speaks, Psalm 119:20, that I will promote them to the utmost of my power, and that I will not be wear’, of earnestly endeavoring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such earnestness. July 23, and August 10, 1723.

The Lord’s Day

38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord’s day. Sabbath evening, Dec. 23, 1722.

Vivification of Righteousness

30. Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.

42. Resolved, frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism; which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-23.

43. Resolved, never henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s, agreeable to what is to be found in Saturday, January 12, 1723.

44- Resolved, that no other end but religion, shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. Jan.12, 1723.

45. Resolved, never to allow any pleasure or grief, joy or sorrow, nor any affection at all, nor any degree of affection, nor any circumstance relating to it, but what helps religion. Jan. 12-13, 1723.

Mortification of Sin and Self Examination

23. Resolved, frequently to take some deliberate action, which seems most unlikely to be done, for the glory of God, and trace it back to the original intention, designs and ends of it; and if I find it not to be for God’s glory, to repute it as a breach of the 4th Resolution.

24. Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.

35. Resolved, whenever I so much question whether I have done my duty, as that my quiet and calm is thereby disturbed, to set it down, and also how the question was resolved. Dec. 18, 1722.

60. Resolved, whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within, or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination. July 4 and 13, 1723.

68. Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help. July 23 and August 10, 1723.

56. Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.

Communion with God

53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer. July 8, 1723.

65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and every thing, and every circumstance; according to Dr. Manton’s 27th Sermon on Psalm 119. July 26 and Aug. 10, 1723.

Aug. 17, 1723

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By John Piper.
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35 Reasons Not to Sin

Hello friends today I will be sharing with you an interesting article I got from a Christian website, it was written by Jim Eliff and I hope you’ll be blessed by this. Take your time to read through the 35 reasons stated here not to sin, they are inspirational and great.

1.Because a little sin leads to more sin

2.Because my sin invites the discipline of God.

3.Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted.

4.Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves me.

5.Because my sin places a greater burden on my spiritual leaders.

6.Because in time my sin always brings heaviness to my heart.

7.Because I am doing what I do not have to do.

8.Because my sin always makes me less than what I could be.

9.Because others, including my family, suffer consequences due to my sin.

10.Because my sin saddens the godly.

11.Because my sin makes the enemies of God rejoice.

12.Because sin deceives me into believing I have gained when in reality I have lost.

13.Because sin may keep me from qualifying for spiritual leadership.

14.Because the supposed benefits of my sin will never outweigh the consequences of disobedience.

15.Because repenting of my sin is such a painful process, yet I must repent.

16.Because sin is a very brief pleasure for an eternal loss.

17.Because my sin may influence others to sin.

18.Because my sin may keep others from knowing Christ.

19.Because sin makes light of the cross, upon which Christ died for the very purpose of taking away my sin.

20.Because it is impossible to sin and follow the Spirit at the same time.

21.Because God chooses not to respect the prayers of those who cherish their sin.

22.Because sin steals my reputation and robs me of my testimony.

23.Because others once more earnest than I have been destroyed by just such sins.

24.Because the inhabitants of heaven and hell would all testify to the foolishness of this sin.

25.Because sin and guilt may harm both mind and body.

26.Because sins mixed with service make the things of God tasteless.

27.Because suffering for sin has no joy or reward, though suffering for righteousness has both.

28.Because my sin is adultery with the world.

29.Because I will review this very sin at the Judgment Seat where loss and gain of eternal rewards are applied.

30.Because I can never really know ahead of time just how severe the discipline for my sin might be.

31.Because my sin may be an indication of a lost condition.

32.Because to sin is not to love Christ.

33.Because my unwillingness to reject this sin now grants it an authority over me greater than I wish to believe.

34.Because sin glorifies God only in His judgment of it, never because it is worth anything on its own.

35.Because I promised God He would be Lord of my life.

Learn To Bridle The Tongue

“If any among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart- this man religion is vain.” – James 1:6

The Bible has alot to say about the tongue. Through the misuse of the tongue many calamities has befallen many people.

Many Israelites perished in the wilderness for misuse of tongue. Mirian became leprous for misusing her tongue against the man of God – Moses. Korah and company followed the line and perished. Michal was childless all her lifetime for misusing her tongue. An Amalekite met an untimely death by his tongue. Many others fell into many dangers for the misuse of their tongue.

Learning to bridle the tongue is a very important lesson a person can learn. We must notice that the unpardonable sin is committed with the tongue. (Matthew 12:31-37)

Truly death and life are in the power of the tongue, any if the tongue is left uncontrolled, unbridled, it works death more than life. We must learn to bridle the tongue.

1. The Bible calls the tongue a world of iniquity (James 3:6)
2. Taming the tongue is not easy for natural man (James 3:8)
3. Unbridled tongue makes our religion to be vain (James 1:26)
4. To keep unbridled tongue is to be exposed to dangers and even death Proverbs 18:21
5. Though the tongue cannot be tamed, it can be bridled.
6. True salvation can change the evil nature of the tongue (Proverbs 10:20, Matthew 12:33-36)
7. By sanctification the tongue can easily be bridled (Proverbs 15:4)
8. The spirit behind the tongue must be dealth with (Luke 9:54-55)
9. The fear of the Lord will keep a man from many dangers of the tongue (Psalms 34:11-14)
10. By prayers and divine grace we shall prevail (Psalms 19:14, Isaiah 50:4)

Reflect on This: “Set a watch, O Lord before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” (Psalms 141:3)

Blow Up That Bridge!

A bridge is a structure providing a way across a river, road, etc. It carries you from where you are to where you should be. It translate one from one realm to another.

Colossians 1:14 “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath TRANSLATED us into the kingdom of his fear Son:”

A bridge translate one from here to there. Every natural man is in Adam. Enslaved by the power of darkness and sin. Controlled and ruled by the flesh (Romans 6:6). The unregenerated man sins at will, he has no option but to follow the desires of the flesh. He is married to the three daughters of Adam the first, they are,
1. The lust of the flesh
2. The lust of the eyes
3. The pride of life (1 John 2:16).

The term ‘burn that bridge’ drives us to the place where our pass life is done away with. The former nature of sin is buried and the new life in Christ now manifests (Galatians 2:20, Romans 6:6).

The story is told of a group of soldier fighting a war. They were armed with many weapons but some have afraid and thought of returning home. But as they crossed the bridge that leads them to the battled field, their leader blowed up that bridge and said, ‘Now nobody would be able to return, put your mind in the battle and let’s fight!’. A particular soldier was so consumed with fear, he thought of going back many a time, but realised the bridge has been burned down.

It is the same with some of us. We so cherish our life in the first Adam. Sometimes we wish we could go back. Like the children of Israel, we murmur in God’s ears and tell of all the temporary pleasures we enjoyed in Egypt. Many Christians today have been born again, translated into the kingdom of God but has bluntly refused to burn the bridge that connects them with the devil and sin.

The result is that they continue to live as one not saved in the first place. Their mouth isn’t converted as the speak great smell words (Jude 1:16) and tell all manner of lies. Their mind isn’t change either as they continue in their old style of feeding it with pornographic images and thought. Because their bridge isn’t blowed up, they cross over to their pass sinful habits from time to time.

They are some young today that are plagued with the spirit of masturbation. That disgusting habit! Often they try to get free by fasting and prayers but because the bridge that connects them to this habit isn’t destroyed, they fall into this pit from time to time.

Some of the bridges that connects them are:
1. Watching sexually illicit movies.
2. Listening to romantic and godless, worldly songs.
3. Pornography
4. Reading defiled newspaper and magazines that features naked pictures.
5. Laziness towards Bible study…etc.

You can’t say you’re christian and still enjoy listening to worldly music, what sort of christian are you? You still watch and have pornographic videos on your mobile phone. You still attend club night party and drink beer, what sort of christian are you? You tell lies easily without been pricked by the Holy Spirit, you even fight and curse with great smell words. Are you born again? Yes! But you’ve refused to let go your habits and worldly character – Burn that Bridge!

Finally, How do you blow up your bridge?
1. First, genuinely surrender your life to Jesus (Romans 9:10) http://www.needgod.com
2. Kill the flesh by dying to self and giving it over to the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:1, Galatians 2:20).
3. Don’t wish to return when you recall your pass but rather regret for wasting those days in the kingdom of Satan.
4. Pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. By developing a personal relationship with Him, your flesh gradually dies!
5. Meet your Pastor or mature Christians for spiritual advice.
6. Constantly Read and study The Bible.

Blessings to you:)