The Messenger

Orangethorpe Christian Church

(Disciples of Christ)

Dr. Robert L. Case Pastor

"The Small Church with the Big Heart, Everyone Welcome"

2200 W. Orangethorpe Ave.

Fullerton CA 92833

(714) 871-3400

www.orangethorpe.org

occhurch@att.net

January, 2018

~~~~~ From Pastor Bob ~~~~~

The Do New Year Resolutions Work?

If you’re like most people, you probably have made resolutions for the New Year. Perhaps, you promised yourself that you’ll lose weight, exercise more, watch less television, or spend more time with God. The problem with resolutions is that they’re only skin deep. You make a proclamation and then you use your willpower to try to fulfill it or make it happen. The Bible says that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Although our intentions are good, we lack the wherewithal or persistence to stick with our new year’s resolutions for the long haul and within days, weeks, or even months we’re right back where we started. What is needed is not more resolutions but a new life-style. A life-style which seeks to put Christ first in our lives. When we put Christ first everything else seems to fall into place. As the Scriptures put it, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God…” So, here are some suggestions that you might find helpful:

  1. Be still before the Lord and know that he is God and that he really does have everything under control. Learn to silence your thoughts which allows you to hear the thoughts of God.

  2. Enter into God’s rest. Learn to be in the moment.

  3. Stop trying to fill your life with things that can’t satisfy. Instead, ask God to help you be content with what you have. Seek a life of simplicity and frugality.

  4. Keep your eyes on Jesus instead of your circumstances. The scripture says, “I will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed upon me.” We need to realize that God can even use the negative things in our lives in such a way that draws us closer to His love and grace.

  5. Become an instrument of God’s love. The Bible says that God is love and that love never fails. Look for opportunities to put your love to work. The most important things in life is our relationship with others.

God knows that we are weak but in our weakness, God is strong. The Apostle Paul said that when he was at his weakest, God was at His strongest. It is in our weakness that we realize our need to surrender our lives to God. When we acknowledge our weaknesses and inability to change ourselves and turn our attention to God as the architect and molder of our lives, we become the clay in God’s loving and wise hands. Therefore, our resolutions must change from seeking after a desired outcome, to seeking after God. Surrender yourself more fully to the living and transformative power of God and let God do the work God wants to do in and through you.

See you in Church when I get back from vacation and may God bless,

Pastor Bob