Luke 2:52 - NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS.
Luke 2:52: NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS.
Luke 2:52 (NIV) And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in
favor with God and men.
Set These Four Goals to Grow More Like Jesus
Do you want to be healthier? More rested and less stressed?
Do you want to be closer to God? To other people?
You dont just drift into good things. You must be
intentional. You have to set some goals and then commit to working toward
them every day.
We were created to become like Jesus Christ, so lets use
him as a model for growth. The Bible tells us that Jesus grew in
four ways: Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God
and man (Luke 2:52 NIV).
If you want to be like Jesus, then you have to grow
intellectually, physically, relationally, and spiritually. As you read through
these points, be thinking of one goal you can set for yourself in each
of these four areas.
1. Set A Goal For Intellectual Growth.
Proverbs 19:8 says, Do yourself a favor and learn all you
can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper (GNT). You
must never stop learning. A mind is a terrible thing to waste! What
is one thing youd like to learn? It doesnt have to be a
spiritual thing. Maybe theres a book youd like to read for the first
time. Maybe theres a class youd like to take. Maybe youve
always wanted to learn another language. Now is the time to do it!
2. Set A Goal For Physical Growth.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Dont you
realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in
you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for
God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your
body (NLT). God wants you to honor him with your body, because its
where he lives. What could you do to set a goal in this area? How can
you improve your health? Dont make an unrealistic goal, because
you will just get discouraged. You might need to get a physical, go
to bed earlier, change an eating habit, or start walking during
your lunch break.
3. Set A Goal For Relational Growth.
Philippians 1:9 says, This is my prayer for you: that your
love will grow more and more; that you will have knowledge and
understanding with your love (NCV). The greatest lesson you can learn in
life is how to love God and other people. Because thats what life
is all about! What do you need to do to develop stronger
relationships? Do you need to join a small group? Restore a relationship? Offer
forgiveness or ask for forgiveness? Invite a new friend over for a meal?
Remember to make your goal specific.
4. Set A Goal For Spiritual Growth.
The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:18, Grow in spiritual strength
and become better acquainted with our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ (TLB). Ive found in my life that the smallest goal I set in
this area reaps the most incredible benefits. As you think through
this one, ask, What can I do that will make the biggest
difference? Even a small thing can make a huge difference. Or what have you
been putting off when it comes to spiritual growth? Do that one first
when it comes to this goal.
Make it a point to write down your goals and put them on your
refrigerator or your mirror. Look at them every day. Pray about them. Review
them. Share them with a spiritual partner. Use these goals to help you
know Jesus better and grow more into his image.
Walk carefully, not as the unwise, but as wise, making the
very most of your time Do not be foolish and thoughtless, but
understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians
5:15-17 AMP). [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren:
https://pastorrick.com/devotional/ re Eph. 5:15-17]
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best]
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: