31 December 2012

Resolutions

Ah, December 31. The day when myriads of people make promises to themselves that they will never keep past January 15. Personally, I'm not a fan of New Year's resolutions, but to each his own.

The great theologian Jonathan Edwards once made a few resolutions himself. How do these measure up with the world's lists?
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 myriads 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 soever, and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new contrivance and invention 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.

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

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

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

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. July 30.

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.
And that's just the first ten! Kind of makes the stereotypical New Year's resolution, "I will go to the gym everyday" seem a little trivial, doesn't it? Read the rest of Jonathan Edwards' Resolutions here.

3 comments:

  1. Edwards had a way of putting it all in perspective. Happy new year EBenz.

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  2. While I think resolutions are wonderful for those who are intentional in keeping them, I strive more towards the area of looking back on the year and using this reflection as a time to thank the Lord for many things in my life. Growth in areas in my walk with Christ where I have more joy,,, etc., etc. I just know how I am as a tenuous human being and tremble a bit by going too far ahead with resolutions since I cannot see the future. I'd rather relax and rest in Christ who knows better than I do how to teach me what I need to learn when He sees fit that I need to learn them..

    Erin, I hope you have a very blessed New Year and find in all your struggles and hardships God's matchless grace and glory-IN
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  3. Some resolutions of the wicked one:

    I) I will continue to try and cause you [God's chosen ones] to question the Bible's authority, verasity, and usefulness.

    H) I will try to steal from your mind the precious truths of Scripture so that you will become confused.

    A) I will try to cause doubt to control your thoughts, so that God's Word is questioned more and more.

    T) I will try to fill your life with pain and suffering, heartache and disappointment, so that you will question God's faithfulness.

    E) I will try to make other believers appear to falsely accuse you, and lie about you so that you will question whether or not believing on the Lord is really worth it.

    J) I will send false brethren into your churches that will teach mostly truth, but have only a small amount of my lies, so I can try to make you believe my lies instead of the Bible.

    E) I will try to send evil thoughts into your mind to keep you from thinking on the goodness, mercy, faithfulness and love of the One who died for you.

    S) I will continue to question the Lord's goodness toward His people by telling them that He intends to make them suffer for their unbelief and that the pain that they suffer now is really because He is angry with them and they deserve to suffer.

    U) I will continue to use discouragement as a very effective tool to try to keep you from standing for the truth of God's Word and to make you believe that you should not be so rigid and unbending when you talk about the truth of Scripture.

    S) I will continue to try and convince you that it is better sacrifice the truth of God's Word for the sake of unity and love with all of the false "brothers" I have so sucessfully planted in your midst.

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    There are so many more that could be added to this list.

    "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."

    May we bow before the Lord Jesus Christ in humble adoration and eagerly await His imminent return.

    "Even so, Come Lord Jesus"

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