“The Resolution of a True Believer”
I will be careful to lead a blameless life---when will you come to me? I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart. I will not look with approval on anything that is vile. I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it. The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil. Psalm 101:2-4
Well, we are several days into the New Year, 2019, and I would venture to say that some people are ALREADY breaking their NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. In one sense, it is USELESS to make a RESOLUTION ESPECIALLY one, which you KNOW, full well, you won’t carry out. I was taught NOT to promise something you can’t deliver.
Notice, in our Scripture, King David, a man after God’s own heart, makes a vow, a RESOLUTION of sorts, but he clearly states that he will be CAREFUL to lead a BLAMELESS LIFE. In essence David was saying that he would be CAUTIOUS to LEAD a BLAMELESS LIFE. BLAMELESS does NOT mean a SINLESS LIFE, living a SINLESS LIFE is IMPOSSIBLE for mankind. There WAS and IS ONLY ONE who has ever lived a SINLESS LIFE, and that is JESUS CHRIST. The word BLAMELESS means the same as, INTEGRITY. So David was saying that he would be CAREFUL to LEAD a LIFE of INTEGRITY. The kings in David’s time were generally evil and wicked in their lifestyles. But David was RESOLUTE to DO what he KNEW God would want him to do. And NOT just for himself, but for his WHOLE HOUSEHOLD.
He would NOT APPROVE or CONDONE ANYTHING of a VILE nature. David sinned against God, not just once, and he paid DEARLY for the consequences of those sins. But David’s HEART was still turned towards God and His laws. He sought after the things of God, and LED his people to do the same.
MAKING a RESOLUTION is EASY, but KEEPING ONE is HARD, especially if it is of a spiritual nature, one that would bring you into a CLOSER RELATIONSHIP with God. David RESOLVED to NOT be around, VILE, PERVERTED, FAITHLESS people, and to NOT PARTAKE in their EVIL activities. In doing this, it would help him to KEEP his RESOLUTION to be BLAMELESS, or a man of INTEGRITY, and to LEAD others to be the same. What is your RESOLUTIONS, are you WORKING HARD to surround yourself with things that will HELP you KEEP them?
IF you are a TRUE BELIEVER, DON’T make promises to God that you won’t WORK HARD to KEEP. If you are an UNBELIEVER, the VERY BEST RESOLUTION you can MAKE and KEEP, is to GIVE your HEART and LIFE to GOD, and to ESCAPE an ETERNITY in HELL, with ALL its HORRORS. The way to do that is to TURN AWAY FROM your SINFUL lifestyle, and TURN TO God with a TRUE REPENTANT HEART. Then you MUST CONFESS your sins to Him and ask Him for His FORGIVENESS. You MUST BELIEVE, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God. Then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and BE RESOLVED to LIVING for Him and GAINING an ETERNITY in HEAVEN, with ALL its BLESSINGS. Do this NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!