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2012 Resolutions

New Year’s Life resolution:

Commit more Scripture to memory

In fact, as much of it as possible. It recently struck me, hard, that as the Living Word is our only offensive weapon against the power of the devil, I should probably start committing it to memory, instead of just generally knowing where stories or sayings are. In Jesus’ 40 days and nights of temptation in the wilderness, He overcame each and every one of them by quoting Scripture. ‘Nuff said.

As Ephesians 6:10-17 says:

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And the rest of this passage is equally important:

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Which leads to my second New Year’s Life resolution:

Pray: More. And fervently.

I am convinced that Satan has such a powerful hold on my generation in North America that we don’t even realize that our chains are velvety soft, comfortable, familiar (and it`s named the American Dream). Before we can even be effective for the Kingdom at all, those chains must be broken through prayer and immersion in the Scriptures, crying out to God to remove the scales from our eyes and see what is of true, eternal value.

Psalms 1:1-2

 1 Blessed is the one 
   who does not walk in step with the wicked 
or stand in the way that sinners take 
   or sit in the company of mockers, 
2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, 
   and who meditates on his law day and night. 

This is the prayer of my heart.

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Discussion

3 thoughts on “2012 Resolutions

  1. Cool post Grace! How will you go about memorizing scripture? Any specific plan?

    Posted by alex | January 20, 2012, 5:20 pm
    • Memorizing the weekly girls group verses – a diff one each week. Also finishing memorizing last sem’s girls group passage (Col 3:1-17) – half way through! Otherwise, putting up verses that stick out to me in devos on my wall – I have a special place for them above my desk :)

      Posted by bygodsgrace | January 21, 2012, 10:01 pm
  2. I have decided to read the Bible in a year and to do my daily devotion with “Jesus Calling”. i want to get closer to the Lord and to do that, we have to make Him first and that includes first thing in the morning.

    Posted by Healthy Organo Gold Coffee | January 22, 2012, 11:10 pm

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