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(KJV and NKJV Scripture)

– But beloved, do not be ignorant of this one thing: That one day is with the Lord as a thousand years; and a thousand years as one day. – 2 Peter 3:8

– For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. – 2 Corinthians 4:16

Many years ago, I heard a preacher say, “A Christian who makes New Year’s resolutions isn’t anywhere close to comprehending what being one is all about.” With January 1st just around the corner, it’s important for all believers to understand that becoming a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17) doesn’t restart every New Year‘s Day.

Tomorrow will be 1,000 years long in His sight (lead verse).  The year 1013 was yesterday (Psalm 90:4). God exists outside the space-time continuum we’ve created to mark how long it takes to make our trip through space; one orbit around the sun – called a year.  Yet so many seem to make major life decisions or changes by the calendar.

Often believing just by flipping a calendar page to a new month, it’s a golden opportunity to create fresh beginnings.  They rarely last long.  It becomes a yearly process of starts and stops – producing little in the way of inner spiritual change.  Backsliding can often be caused by trying to restart spiritually each January 1st (Jeremiah 3:22).

However, spiritual growth can’t be conditional to arbitrary numbers on calendars made by mortal men. God knows how we measure time – but it’s not the same way as He does (lead verse).  Giving in to any consideration that we can become better believers – just by starting on a random date; is giving in to the world; and denying the Word.

Renewal can only start for us when we are born again of the Holy Spirit.  Whatever day that is – God chooses.  It’s not random.  It’s a day when He knows He has convicted us with His sorrow – to the point we will repent of sin unto salvation – and not be sorry for a season (2 Corinthians 7:8-10).  It could be tomorrow for some; June 14th for others.

A resolution is a firm decision to do – or not do something.  God didn’t make us to be firm beings – He made us flesh – and frail (Psalm 39:4).  There is no good thing which dwells in our flesh (Romans 7:18).  So, how can we possibly ever know what’s good for us?  The world’s message continually changes in this regard.  God does not (Malachi 3:6).

How can we make any firm decision to start doing – or stop doing something anymore, and follow through on it – simply by following numbers on a calendar? How can we trust any resolution as being the right one – when we are not to trust in our hearts – or ourselves anymore as Christians (Proverbs 28:26, 2 Corinthians 1:9)?

Unless, of course, we’re still devising our own way through life in the world – trying to direct God’s steps accordingly.  Using His Word in hopes He will make most everything turn out the way we want (Proverbs 16:9).  Still leaning on our own understanding – and only acknowledging Him when His ways are going according to ours (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Or, still proclaiming our own goodness (Proverbs 20:6, 1 John 1:8-10) … often making God an easy target (Mark 10:18) to blame when they don’t (Jeremiah 8:6).  Claiming to be completely clean of all sin as Christians, or incapable of committing any more – makes God a liar, and His truth is not in us (Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 20:9, 1 John 1:8-10).

Being a Christian takes becoming one first.  It’s not a label – it’s a lifestyle.  It starts when one is first born again of the Holy Spirit (John 3:3-5) – and it doesn’t stop until God calls us home.  It takes daily abidance in God – as He abides in us by faith; with Jesus residing in our hearts through the power of the Holy Ghost (John 15:1-7, Ephesians 3:16-17).

We’re no longer resolute – we can’t produce the spiritual fruit God requires by ourselves (John 15:1-7, Galatians 5:22-23).  It doesn’t stop on December 31st – and restart on January 1st.  It’s a day-and-night renewal of our inner man (second lead verse); as the Holy Spirit washes us clean through continual regeneration (Titus 3:5).

God is continually cleansing the clutter within – as the very same blood Christ shed being sprinkled on our hearts as a salve for sin (Hebrews 10:22). Without daily repentance and remission – we’re bound to repeat our old sins.  We can’t see the change happening, but all others should.  They should see it in our eyes first (Luke 11:34).

Our whole being should be lit up in them – reflecting the love God shed abroad in our hearts, when He first gave us the gift of the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5). It takes time.  As Billy Graham once said, “It’s not an overnight conversion – but a continual process of renewal – becoming more like Christ each day (Ephesians 4:20-32).”

But – it does have to happen; not according to the world’s idea of change – but the Word’s.  Our faith can’t follow a calendar – our worship can’t be set by a watch.  Wanting – or waiting for Him to work according to our worldly concept of time is a recipe for trying to rush God, and eventual discouragement; maybe even departure from Him (Philippians 1:23).

We are to serve God in newness of Spirit – for He has put His Spirit in us (Romans 7:6).  However, one cannot put new wine into old bottles – or the bottles will break.  The wine will spill and perish (Luke 5:37). God will make all things new and beautiful in His time (Revelation 21:5, Ecclesiastes 3:11) – not in ours; and certainly not just on New Year’s Day.

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