Jonathan Edwards And Spiritual Resolutions

Jonathan Edwards

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

1 Timothy 4:7-9

New Living Translation (NLT)

Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Instead, train yourself to be godly. “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it.

Every year we vow, as well we should, to be more consistent in our devotional life.  Unfortunately, it usually last a month or two and then we let it fall by the wayside.  In regards to this, I recently found something about Jonathan Edwards, the great revivalist preacher who fostered the First Great Awakening in America back in the 18th Century. Here is what Jan Brown had to say about Edwards.  “Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century revivalist, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. Throughout his lifetime he would add to this list until, by his death, he had 70 resolutions.

He put at the top of his list: “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…. Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.”

Edwards didn’t casually make New Year’s resolutions with an expectation of eventually breaking them. Each week he did a “self-check.” He regularly summed up how he was doing and sought God’s help in the process.

Christ calls us to commit to actively work at becoming conformed to His image. This coming year resolve to be come a person committed to a godly transformation. If you faithfully do this, you will see your life begin to focus on the spiritual rather than on the passing, material world” (Jan Brown in ChristianityToday.com., http://www.christianitytoday.
com/moi/9k6/dec/9k6024.html.

What do you have planned for this year?  What self-check are you going to use?  Here are some options:

Happy Growing!

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

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