New Year’s Revolution • 1/8/23 • You Say You Want a Revolution

Webster describes revolution in different ways. One definition is… the time taken by a celestial body to make a complete round in its orbit. Webster also describes revolution as… a sudden, radical or complete change. Each year the Earth makes a complete revolution around the sun. Then we get a brand New Year! It’s a time for looking ahead, anticipation, hope! Some of us make New Year’s resolutions to make a change, start something good or quit something bad. However, those resolutions are often abandoned quickly because they are based on our human strength, determination and commitment. If you truly want to revolutionize your life this year, you need more. A revolt against the modern mindset. We live in a world that has declared independence from wisdom. We say, “It’s my life, I’ll do what pleases me! I’m taking care of #1!” But, when our choices cause pain, loss and devastation, we seldom say, “It’s MY responsibility!” No, we look to any and everything else that can be blamed. Foolishness leads us to seek our own way and to strive for what we think will make us happy. Wisdom is the opposite of foolishness and it is found by seeking God.  The knowledge that comes from education is wonderful; it informs us. But wisdom resonates with the heart and it has the power to transform us.

Scriptures – Proverbs 15:21, 1:7, 3:13-17, 19:3, 9:10

Verse – Foolishness brings joy to those with no sense; a sensible person stays on the right path. (Pr 15:21) The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Fools despise wisdom and instruction. (Pr 1:7) God blesses everyone who has wisdom and common sense. Wisdom is worth more than silver; it makes you much richer than gold. Wisdom is more valuable than precious jewels; nothing you want compares with her. (Pr 3:13-15)

Thought – How do we become wise? It all starts with the fear of the Lord. When you pursue God, you pursue wisdom. Wisdom comes from God and from His Word. It starts with acknowledging God—who is powerful, personal, and head over heels in love with you. He extends a hand of forgiveness and grace through Jesus. It all starts with a relationship with Him, accepting Him as Lord and Savior. If you have accepted Jesus and want to grow in wisdom, see a revolution in your life, start applying God’s Word. Proverbs is full of wisdom on almost every topic you can imagine. Google Scriptures using a key word that is relevant to you, such as fear, anger, grief, or whatever word describes your area of struggle—the area where you want a revolution. Read and study the Scripture; put key passages in a prominent place where you will see them again and again. Pray and apply God’s Word to your life. See if God doesn’t revolutionize your life as you pursue Him and His wisdom.

Questions – Recall a foolish decision you made. What was the outcome? Recall a wise decision you made. How did you come to that decision? What was the outcome? What area of life are you prone to folly/foolishness? What area of life do you consider yourself to be wise? How have you gained wisdom? What part does God’s Word play in your decision-making process? Why do some people continually flounder in foolishness?

Response – Journal about the areas of your life where you need a revolution, restoration, power in your life. Find Scriptures that encourage you in that specific area. Settle on one or two things that you will focus on for the next few months. Read the Bible daily, keep the Scriptures in front of you that apply to your focus areas so you can meditate on them throughout the day. Pray for God’s wisdom in your specific situation. Believe that God is willing and able to help you when you truly seek Him with all your heart.

Prayer – Dear God, give me direction in the coming year. Help me grow in your wisdom so that I make good and Godly decisions. Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119:105). In Jesus’ Name I pray, amen.

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