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Summary: How to keep your resolutions to overcome the monster inside. Not by strength or by willpower, but by falling in love with Christ’s vision for you. Student Ministry PowerPoint format.

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[New Year Resolutions – Killing the monsters]

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b-14)

This material was originally presented in Microsoft PowerPoint format to a Student Ministry. All verses are taken from the NIV translation unless otherwise noted. If you have questions or would like a copy of the original PowerPoint (less the video, which is too large to email), just drop me a line at Robert.fox@alltel.com

[New Year’s Resolutions – Putting the Past Behind Us]

Slide Graphic: baby new year, with hat and sash, from the back (hence “behind”)

Slide Text:

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13b-14)

How many of you made New Year’s resolutions?

Only about 40% of Americans make any New Year’s Resolution at all any more, according to one poll (http://www.welchmedia.com/news/article_385.shtml), down from over 80% in years past. Less than half. Of those polled who did make resolutions last year:

- 47% related to their head, i.e. a self-improvement type goal

- 38% related to their waistline

- 34% related to their wallet

- 31% related to their heart, i.e. a relationship or dating goal.

Statistics also tell us that even if you did make a resolution, by February, over 90% will have failed (http://www.more-selfesteem.com/newyearresolutions.htm)

Why have people stopped making resolutions? Why do so many people have trouble keeping them? I mean, these are theoretically goals that are very important to you – important enough to make a resolution for the year to accomplish this thing. If it’s that important to you, why can’t you make yourself do whatever it is?

Wouldn’t it be interesting if the Bible said something about that? Wouldn’t that be the kind of information you could really use? Guess what? The Bible is all about making and keeping resolutions. Lots of REALLY interesting stuff in here.

What’s more, the Bible goes on to tell us about what God himself wants us to have on our New Year’s Resolution list.

In Philippians, Paul said that he was resolved to do one thing – press onward to win the prize set before him by Christ. King David was resolved “to serve God’s purpose in his generation” (Acts 13:36). What are you resolved to do with your life this year? How does it compare with what God wants you do? Whatever it is about yourself you are resolving to change, how are you going to make sure you don’t fail?

[Monsters in the Mirror]

Slide Video – Clip from “Incredible Hulk” – dream sequence where Hulk comes out of mirror to attack Bruce Banner (DVD approximately 1:49:00-1:50:00)

I don’t care who you are, you have something about yourself you need to change this year. Some monster inside. Maybe no one knows about it but you. But you know. When you look in the mirror, you know what the monster looks like.


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