Whatever your New Year’s Resolution might be, it will succeed or fail based on your heart. Have you tried before to have regular quiet times, or lose weight, or watch less television and failed? This year could be different.
Studies show that it takes 30 days of walking in a new path for it to be forged. Let’s take from next week through Valentine’s Day. Would you join me, and consider asking a friend to join you as your accountability partner, walking in a new path, asking God for more of a heart of flesh? We’ll officially begin next week, but this week, let me get you thinking, and hopefully, stir your interest.
Salvation is both an event and a process, like a marriage begins with an event (and yes, you are really married after the wedding) but, oh, what a process in learning how to truly love. For the most part, most of you have experienced the event, and are now in process. Though we cannot change our hearts, we can cooperate with the Spirit of God and see the ice melt as His Holy Spirit breathes warmth, fire, and grace into our lives.
1. Icebreaker! 🙂 How did you see God move in your heart and life this Christmas?
2. Meditate on Ezekiel 36:26
A. What promise does God give here?
B. Who accomplishes this?
C. Share one way God has changed you, chipping away the stone from your heart, in the last few years.
Ask God to show you where He would like to do a transforming work in your life in 2011. Seek Him on this — being still before Him. You may need to come before Him several times, be alert, and patient. This is the beginning of transformation, seeking what He wants to change in you. Let’s start with “one stone” instead of a whole quarry. You may have several stones come to mind, and you can list them here, but then let him show you where to begin. By being very specific, you are more likely to succeed. Here would be some specific examples:
A.Spending time with Him (Then ask Him to show you how to do it for the next seven weeks)
B. Eating in a healthier way (Then ask HIm to show you how to do it for the next seven weeks)
C. Putting more edifying thoughts into your mind (Then ask him to show you how to do it for the next seven weeks)
D. Caring more for “the least of these” (Then ask Him to show you how to do it for the next seven weeks)
2. What are some possible stones that come to mind?
What stone is He leading you to tackle first? How could you be specific? Again — ask Him.
3. Who might you invite to join you in this journey? You are more apt to have success with an accountability partner. Again, ask Him, tell us before you ask her, and let us pray.
We’ll officially begin next Sunday!