I WISH YOU A HAPPY New Year! Did you make new resolutions and plans for this year? Well, that’s great if you did. However, I wish to make it known to you that mere resolutions without God’s back-up won’t do at all. Plans made without considering God will fail. If any plan will work, it must be inclusive of God in every bit. Jesus said “without me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5) and the Scripture says again that “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Philip. 2:13). It is important to iterate here at this juncture the fact that resolutions to do right and quit/outrightly shed those wrong ways, attitudes, unprofitable paths trodden in the past or sinful habits will not work. Mere resolutions will fail except there’s grounded and empowered by Christ—through repentance.
Matter-of-factly, to end sin, resolution is not the key. Confession, repentance of past sins and trusting in God’s grace through our Lord Jesus Christ is. Then, quitting sin would be beyond mere decision/resolution and there’ll be commensurate empowerment for this—which only Christ offers. So, if you’ve not yet done that, please do right now. Further delay may be eternally disastrous. Live in holiness because that is necessary to walk with God here and to be with Him up yonder.
Moreover, I’d like to also emphasise that planning without regarding God the greatest and highest Master-planner could be an effort in futility ending in fruitlessness and it’s like speeding passionately towards a cul-de-sac. Foolish! Isn’t it? Consider God, regard Him, involve Him and honour Him in all your plans if you want it to be fruitful–both plan and execution. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.” (Prov.3:5-7). David knew this and this is why he prayed “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.” (Ps.119:133). No wonder he prospered in his life’s endeavours. You too can if you totally yield to God in full surrender all through this year—one step at a time.
Once again, I wish you a happy new year!
Oore-ofe A. Ariyo.