Five Spiritual Priorities for 2011

I shared these with my congregation last week.  I thought I’d share them with you as well.  It’s important for us to have spiritual goals.  Do your new year’s resolutions include spiritual resolutions?   

Have a blessed and prosperous 2011!

  1. Set apart time for daily communion with God through Bible reading (how God speaks to you) and prayer (how you speak to God) as if your spiritual life depends on it, because it does. John 15:4, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”
  2. Observe the Lord’s Day. Faithfully gather with God’s people for strength and encouragement as you journey to the Celestial City. Hebrews 10:25, “not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (cf. Acts 2:42).
  3. Shine as lights and function as salt in our dark and decaying world because someone’s eternal destiny depends on it. Mark 5:19, “And [Jesus] did not permit him but said to him, ‘Go home to your friends and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you’” (cf. Matthew 5:13-16).
  4. Identity and resolve to mortify the flesh in specific areas. This will bring you into greater conformity to the image of Jesus Christ. Romans 8:29, “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
  5. Let the light of grace shine more brightly upon your heart. Remember your worthiness before God is because of Christ alone. 2 Corinthians 13:4, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.”
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