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10 New Year's Resolutions From the Wisest Man Who Ever Lived

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Sermon shared by Preston Brown

December 1999
Summary: Almost all New Yearís resolution deal with health or wealth or happiness. The principles found in Proverbs 3 guarantee all 3 of these.
Denomination: Holiness
Audience: General adults
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Preston Brown

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10 New Yearís Resolutions from the Wisest Man Who Ever Lived
This is the 1st Sunday of the New Year. You know, when you think about it, all New Yearís Resolutions basically fall into 3 categories. They deal with:
1. Things to make us look better and live longer.
2. Things to make us have more.
3. Things that will help us to get along with everyone.
I call them - Longevity, Prosperity and Peace.

I have often said that we could find an answer in Godís word for any question or situation of life if we would just look. So what is there in Godís Word about New Yearís Resolutions? Well there not called New Yearís Resolutions but I donít think you could do better.
Iím reading from the book of Proverbs - Chapter 3. Iím titling this sermon 10 New Yearís Resolutions From The Wisest Man That Ever Lived. Proverbs - chapter 3. Now this first time I read I will just leave out a few words here and there and we will see just the benefits of adopting this set of New Yearís Resolutions set forth here in this 3rd chapter.
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. [Longevity, Prosperity] . . . you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man. . .He will direct your paths. . . will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. . . your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. . . you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. . . you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. . . the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.

Solomon starts off this 3rd chapter with a very matter of fact statement.
1 My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, 2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.

Then He gives very specific details of 10 precepts or principles that we should live by in order to have long life, prosperity and peace. Some of these are rather simple, in fact all of them are simple to talk about, but when it comes to putting them into practice it becomes more difficult. I sincerely think if each of us would adopt these principles and conscientiously live them out in this coming year that it would change our lives. Iím not talking about giving lip service to them but conscientiously live them out. Every day make it a part of your life. I believe that it will change our lives. So now letís go back up to verse 3 and start with principle #1.

Resolution 1. LET LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS NEVER LEAVE YOU V 3-4
3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Love and Faithfulness - Let these two qualities be the guiding lights in our lives - in everything we do. These must be foundational to all we do.
Definition of Love -
Definition of Faithfulness: keeping faith; maintaining allegiance; constant; loyal - [faithful friends] , showing a strong sense of duty or responsibility; conscientious, accurate; reliable; exact [a faithful copy]

Resolution 2. TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART. V 5-6
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your
Comments and Shared Ideas
Joseph Dimaggio
December 15, 2009
I thought the sanders videos were done very poor! It was sad the way it came across. I don''t know a Christian that who would even act in such a way. If it was suppose to be funny, I did not find it funny at all. If it was to make a point about serving the heathen, than it could have been in a different way than having two Christians coming to a door acting like clowns. Truth maybe told I''m saved and I would have closed the door my self. Sorry! Just being truthful this is the way I see it. God Bless!
Joseph Dimaggio
December 15, 2009
I thought the sanders videos were done very poor! It was sad the way it came across. I don''t know a Christian that who would even act in such a way. If it was suppose to be funny, I did not find it funny at all. If it was to make a point about serving the heathen, than it could have been in a different way than having two Christians coming to a door acting like clowns. Truth maybe told I''m saved and I would have closed the door my self. Sorry! Just being truthful this is the way I see it. God Bless!
Paul Mahaffie of St. Johns Evangelical
January 2, 2009
The way of the church in Acts is still the path...not fancy programs but the Gospel message. Amen Brother
Ron Bell of Big Sandy Church Of Christ
December 7, 2008
Soooo biblical! Thanks! --Ron Bell, Big Sandy Church of Christ, BS, TX
When one has preached the Word, one has preached it all. Glad to know there are still ministers who are dedicated to the Word of God. Blessings,
When one has preached the Word, one has preached it all. Glad to know there are still ministers who are dedicated to the Word of God. Blessings,

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