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Summary: I believe we sould make some spiritual resolutions for this year that has the potential for drawing us nearer to the Lord. I call them Resolutions for Righteousness.

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Resolutions for Righteousness

Text: Ps. 63:1-8

Intro: Well, here we are at the beginning of another year. I have often wondered if we would make it this far. However, in spite of everything, we find ourselves embarking upon a new beginning, days filled with adventure, as well as adversity, and thrills, as well as our fair share of troubles. Nevertheless, whatever comes our way in the coming year, God’s children have His promise that will help us face every situation: “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5c).

It is customary in our society to close out the old year with giving, and commence a new year with goals. The idea of goals for the future is a good one, for all of us need a sense of direction and purpose to motivate us. Goals are healthy, as long as they are not unrealistic or unobtainable. We all need something that urges us to go forward.

However, I think our resolutions and goals for the coming year need to possess substance. There are perhaps a lot of worthy goals that one might entertain today. However, the real question I think we should consider is whether our prospective goals will make any eternal and spiritual difference in us as individuals, or in our world. I believe we should make some spiritual resolutions for this year that has the potential for drawing us nearer to the Lord. I call them Resolutions for Righteousness. Allow me to suggest three such goals for you today.

Theme: May I suggest that this year you resolve to…

I. FOLLOW THE LORD INCESSANTLY

Ps. 63:8a “My soul followeth hard after thee…”

NOTE: The basic idea of the word “incessant” is that of persistence or unrelenting in one’s pursuit.

A. This Will Involve Seeking the Lord Continually.

1 Chron. 16:11 “Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.”

NOTE: [1] We should always seek God’s will and direction in every matter of life. Some years ago, at a meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Bobby Richardson, former New York Yankee second baseman, offered a prayer that is a classic in brevity and poignancy: “Dear God, Your will, nothing more, nothing less, nothing else. Amen.”(1)

[2] Long before the days of Bobby Richardson, D.L. Moody uttered this rather challenging statement: “The world has yet to see what God can do with a man fully consecrated to Him.”(2)

B. Obey the Lord Constantly.

Eccl. 12:13 “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”

Luke 6:46 “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”

C. Trust the Lord Completely.

Heb. 11:6a “But without faith it is impossible to please him…”

Eph. 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”


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