2016 Resolved Exploring the Grandeur of God

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2016 Resolved

Exploring the Grandeur of God

 

Another year is gone and a New Year is upon us. This is the time of the year that some people make New Year's resolutions and it's also the same time that those who hate making new year promises mock those that do. I personally love making resolutions that drive me to a greater discipline in the up coming year.

 

I've made it a yearly discipline to read one of my church hero's every New Year’s Eve who is the epitome of discipline, Jonathan Edwards. Over a couple of years as a young man Edwards wrote what we call The Seventy Resolutions. Edwards read these Resolutions nearly everyday and they drove his life. This is why, in my opinion, making yearly resolutions is a great idea.

 

Some of Edwards Resolutions were:

Resolved: (1.) Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

 

(4.) Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

 

(6.) Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

 

(62.) Resolved, never to do anything but duty; and then according to Eph. 6:6-8, do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man; “knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.” {June 25 and July 13, 1723.}

 

(16.) Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.

 

(31.) Resolved, never to say anything at all against anybody, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said anything against anyone, to bring it to, and try it strictly by the test of this Resolution.

 

This is just a few and I encourage you to read with me all seventy of his written resolutions and then make a few of your own. You can complete them. You can succeed. Edwards read these daily that they may be at the forefront of his mind and a guide for life.

 

Here is how Edwards reminded himself to stay focus upon the task:

(37). Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I have denied myself: also at the end of every week, month and year. {Dec. 22 and 26, 1722.}

 

(40.) Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. {Jan. 7, 1723}.

(41.) Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better. {Jan. 11, 1723}.

 

For me my Resolve is to engulf myself in the glorious Grandeur of God. I don't want to go higher in God but I want to go deeper in who He is. 

 

Grandeur is defined as splendor and impressiveness, especially of appearance or style: this should remind you of Isaiah 6. The glorious grandeur of God is magnificencient, it’s impressive, it’s displays the majesty and greatness of God. God was and is resplendent in His transcendent beauty. This shall be my drive in 2016, this shall be my passion.

 

I Resolve in 2016 to Exploring the Grandeur of God.

Resolved: One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,

To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.

Psalms 27:4

About Edward L. Smith

My ministry philosophy would consist of these essentials—a High View of God, the absolute authority of Scripture, Expository Preaching, Sound Doctrine, Personal Holiness, and a Biblical view of spiritual authority. All ministries must be God-Honoring, Christ-Centered, & Gospel Saturated. (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

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