Summary: We want to make changes for the New Year. The best way is to be set apart from the lure of the world.

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December 30, 2007

Morning Worship

Text: Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 5:17

Subject: New Year’s Resolutions

Title: There’s Going to be a Change In Me

I have to be honest with you all about something. I love Christmas and what it is all about, but I grow weary by the time Christmas day is over. Like many of you, our Christmas is full of travel, family, gifts and fellowship. So what is there not to like? For many of us Christmas can also be a time of sadness. Loved ones have passed away and gone to their heavenly reward. The stress of strained family relationships seem to rise up and at times put everyone on edge. There are the family members who have moved away and cannot be with the ones they love. There is the stress of trying to buy the right gift for someone who already has everything they need. There’s the struggle to juggle your time so you can be in three different places over a twenty-four hour period. Add to that the stress of wondering if anyone is going to be a church for our Christmas program – will the snow ever stop? When it comes right down to it much of the stress caused by Christmas essentially comes from the worldly influences that have been introduced to the real meaning of Christmas. I love the blessed holiday, but I’m always glad when it is over.

On the other hand, I love New Years. No I’m not a big partygoer. It is a struggle for me to stay up till midnight. I’m a creature of habit and anything after 10:00 is late for me. But what I really like about New Year’s Day is the fact that it brings out something really good in people. Not talking about partying all night, but I’m talking about the sincere desires in people’s hearts to change their lives in the New Year. I’m talking about New Year’s resolutions. Nearly everyone I know will make some sort of resolution for 2008. Many Christians will determine to have a better spiritual life in the coming year. I’m going to read my Bible more, pray more, attend church more regularly etc. the fact is that a very small percentage of resolutions are ever kept. But I like New Year’s anyhow, simply because there is a desire there and where there is desire there is always hope.

I want to share with you today about how God wants you to become something special in this upcoming year. His desire for you is to come closer to Him, to walk with Him, and to be continually under His anointing in 2008. Are you ready to do that?

Turn your bibles to Galatians 2:20. Keep your finger there and then turn to 2 Corinthians 5:17. Going back to my original train of thought, the thing that makes Christmas difficult for me is the fact that the world has changed the meaning of Christmas. To them it’s all about presents and food and family gatherings. We know that the real Christmas is about Christ. The thing that also hinders most from becoming the man and woman of God that they desire to be in the New Year is the worldly influence that we have allowed to creep into our lives. Our quest for more of the world keeps us from receiving more of God.

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