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J.I. Packer writes, “By the Spirit’s enabling, Christians resolve to do particular things that are right, and actually do them, and thus form habits of doing right things, and out of these habits comes a character that is right.”
He later adds, “Holiness teaching that skips over disciplined persistence in the well-doing that forms holy habits is thus weak; habit forming is the Spirit’s ordinary way of leading us on in holiness.” J.I. Packer, Keep in Step with the Spirit (Old Tappan: Fleming H. Revell, 1984), p. 108-9.
Friends: I preached this message at Cedarcroft Bible Chapel as the New Year (2018) unfolded. Let me know if you find it useful.
It’s hard to believe that another year is here already! I want to become a better follower of Jesus in this New Year. How about you?
Someone has said of New Year’s Resolutions: “One resolve is like another — in one year and out the other!” I believe in New Year’s Resolutions IF they are seen as promises which we seek to develop into habits. We are creatures of habit, so we are told. And I want to work on ten specific habits this year to go deeper in my life with Jesus and with others.
Someone named Dr. Rob Gilbert said of habits; “First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.” The noted spiritual leader Thomas à Kempis said: “Blessed is the man who can set aside all distraction . . . Act with courage, for habit is broken by habit.”
Here are the ten habits I want to work on in this New Year: Getting into God’s Word, Getting Serious about Prayer, Developing an Attitude of Thankfulness, Practicing Solitude, Sharing Jesus with Others, Growing in My Friendship Skills, Being Quick to Forgive, Cultivating a Spirit of Submission, Being Willing to Apologize, and Evaluating My Progress. WHEW! That’s a lot to work on. But He is a Savior who is worthy of all my effort.
How about you? What are you going to work on this year?
49 Remember your word to your servant,
for you have given me hope.
50 My comfort in my suffering is this:
Your promise preserves my life.
51 The arrogant mock me unmercifully,
but I do not turn from your law.
52 I remember, Lord, your ancient laws,
and I find comfort in them.
53 Indignation grips me because of the wicked,
who have forsaken your law.
54 Your decrees are the theme of my song
wherever I lodge.
55 In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.
56 This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.