This time of year many of us make new year’s resolutions like dieting, exercising, quitting smoking, etc. While these are honorable goals (and I pray you have good success), there are even more important things we should be resolved to do. Where do you find these things? In God’s Word. As Christians, what does The Bible say we should we be resolute about? Let’s get into God’s Word and find out.
For starters, let’s look at the definition of resolute: Having a fixed purpose; determined; hence, bold; firm; steady; constant in pursuing a purpose. What should be our fixed purpose? In what purpose should we be determined, steady, and constant in pursuing? Psalm 57:7 says “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.” Ps. 108:1 says almost the same thing. Our heart should be resolute in praising God! We should praise God always; in every circumstance; no matter what! Don’t be griper and complainer all your life. Be a praiser of God! You will gain strength in doing it, just as Jesus said in Mt 21:16, quoting Ps. 8:2. A strong Christian is a Christian that constantly praises God.
Ps. 112:7 says “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord.” We should be resolute in trusting God! We need to trust in The Lord with all of our heart, not just some of it (Prov 3:5-6). Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Heb 11:6)! We must believe that He exists, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Decide 2008 is going to be the year that you really step out and trust God with everything. Nothing is impossible to him that believes (Mt 17:20).
We also need to be resolved to fight the good fight! Paul told Timothy that he had fought the good fight of faith (1Cor 9:24-27, 2Tim 4:7), and that Timothy should as well (1Tim 6:12). He also told Timothy to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2Tim 2:3-5). We are in a spiritual battle for the eternal souls of mankind, as well a cultural battle to preserve this free Christian nation we have been blessed to live in. We must stand and fight the good fight! All it takes for evil to prevail, is for good men to say nothing and do nothing!
Be of good courage, and let us act like men for our people (2Sam 10:12)! Let us behave ourselves valiantly (1Ch 19:13)! Be men, in the Name of Jesus (1Cor 16:13)! We have way too many overgrown boys in our midst. Adult brats who now need their wives to be their mommas. The world needs some real men to step up to the plate. A real man is a provider for his family. A protector; a leader; a defender of the truth. A real man will defend the weak. He’s not a bully, but he’ll take on a bully. Real men don’t hit women. Cowards who can’t control their temper hit women. Real men don’t blame everyone else and everything else for their problems. They take responsibility for their own actions. Real men don’t need pills and booze to cope with life. They may struggle with things, but they never say “I need it”. That’s a load of bull.
Real men have integrity; they stand for what’s right; they call evil what it is; they’re committed; they’re faithful: faithful to their wives; faithful to their families; faithful in their business; faithful in their church. Real men are honorable. They are honest, kind, dependable, & trustworthy. They do what they say they will do. They have some character. They look you in the eye, and speak to your face; not behind your back. They’re not ashamed to say they love Jesus, and they strive to be like Him. They’re students of God’s Word, and teach others the Godly principles contained therein. They’re not afraid to cry, for even Jesus wept (Jn 11:35).
Real men stand on the side of truth, and will stand alone if they have to. The Jews have this saying, “In a place where there are no men, study to be a man, and show yourself to be a man.” (see also 1Cor 14:20). The world needs a few good men. Some Godly men. Some Christ-like men. Some men who do right- not because it’s popular or convenient; but because it’s right.
Resolve this year to praise God in all things. Resolve to trust God whole heartedly. Resolve to fight the good fight of faith. Resolve to be a man. In Jesus name, Amen. Until next time, rejoice in The Lord!