Each year, the people of the world make resolutions or decisions to do or not do something in the New Year. Resolutions made at the beginning of the year make mega bucks for gyms, weight loss programs, and fitness stores. Because of resolutions, church attendance will double, Bibles will be dusted off, and counseling sessions to help cure “hurts, habits, and hang-ups” will begin. Spending sprees will slow down, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace classes will fill up, and people’s work ethic will rise. People begin every New Year with the hopes that they will be better, physically, spiritually, financially, and emotionally.
Even though these resolutions are made with a firm determination to complete, the resolve seems to DISSOLVE into an after thought come February or March. Our busy lives take over and we reluctantly allow our resolutions to become an “I will get to that tomorrow” list item. I am one of those people. Over the years, I have made many resolutions and unfortunately many were not checked off as “completed.”
As I reflected upon the New Year, I decided that I will work hard at becoming a better me as a whole: physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. But, I am not making any “resolutions.” Instead, I am going to focus on the resolutions of Jesus. His sole reason for leaving His throne in Heaven for a manger in a stable on earth, was to bring RESOLVE. Resolve is the root word of Resolution. If you look up the definition of the word resolve, it states: Settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter). Decide firmly on a course of action. Jesus came to earth to RESOLVE or SOLVE or SETTLE our problem-Sin. Because of His resolve, mankind could choose to receive eternal life.
I am so thankful for the Resolutions of Jesus. Thankfully, He didn’t quit! Nope, He settled it, solved it, and dissolved it. His will was to FINISH the work that His Father had laid out before Him. He resolved it all for us. Now, my sole resolve is to trust Him.
My 27 Thanks:
1. He resolves to bind up the brokenhearted.
2. He resolves to bring freedom to the captives.
3. He resolves to bring light where there is darkness.
4. He resolves to bring comfort to all who mourn.
5. He resolves to place a crown of beauty on my head instead of ashes.
6. He resolves to bring the oil of joy instead of morning.
7. He resolves to place on me a garment of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness.
8. He resolves to bring restoration where there was devastation.
9. He resolves to repay for all that the devil tries to steal.
10. He resolves to bring grace where there was shame.
11. He resolves to be the way, the truth, and the life.
12. He resolves to be your portion, your God who is more than enough for whatever it is that you may need.
13. He resolves to be your healer for sickness and disease.
14. He resolves to be your strong tower, an ever-present help in time of need.
15. He resolves to be your Prince of Peace. He is the One who walks with you through the fires of life.
16. He resolves to bring you salvation.
17. He resolves to pay your debt in full.
18. He resolves to purchase eternal life for you if you believe.
19. He resolves to make a way for you to go straight to the Father.
20. He resolves to provide all that you need. He is the ram in the bush for Abraham. He will be whatever you need.
21. He resolves to be your banner. He is your shield, defense, and protector.
22. He resolves to be your High Priest.
23. He resolves to be your sacrifice lamb. He has saved you from the curse of the law.
24. He resolves to be your counselor. He is your guiding light and your answer to every question.
25. He resolves to be your best friend. He is the One who will never leave you or forsake you or talk bad about you.
26. He resolves to make you a display of His splendor. You are like an oak of righteousness , a planting of the Lord. He is delighted in you!
27. He resolves to destroy the powers of the devil.