Resolved 2013

Inspired by Jonathan Edwards.  See <http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/articles/the-resolutions-of-jonathan-edwards> Mine below are updated from 2012.  For original 2012 post, see: http://keithfong25.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/resolved/

Resolved

I am a sinner saved by the grace of God (Eph 2:8-9).  Out of a love for my Savior who died for me, I seek to work out my salvation toward sanctification with fear and trembling (Php 2:12).  The purpose of these resolutions: to willfully and expressly fight against the manifestation of my rebellious and sinful nature, by the power of the Spirit of God and the grace of the Father and for the glory of my Savior, as an attempt to be sanctified unto maturity and perfection which are in Christ.

Although I would love to make the list exhaustively explicit, that pursuit would be a reiteration of near the entire Bible.  Indeed to be comprehensive, one resolution would do: to love the Lord my God with my heart, soul, mind and strength, and love my neighbor as I love myself (Mk 12:30-31), as it sums the entire law of Christ.  I am eager to be perfectly obedient to every one of God’s commands, and am eager to uphold my Lord’s command to love Him and all people.

Yet, this limited list of resolves seems profitable to make me resolute in my striving for holiness, adding color to this great truth — that I am to be holy as my Father is holy (Mt. 5:48) — and to aid in memorization of and obedience to His Word.  May God give me power and grace to live by the law of grace and of Christ.

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Purpose

Resolved, to live each day such that when Christ comes I will be able to confidently say, "I regret nothing.  To live is Christ.  To die is gain," (Php 1:21), for the "Lord is my portion" (Ps 119:57), and "I shall not want" or lack if I "understand" and "know" the Lord of "lovingkindness, justice, and righteousness" (Je 9:24).

Resolved, to live in and yearn for the hope and expectation of the wonderful commendation from my Lord, "Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your Master" (Mt 25:21), to which I will respond, "I am an unworthy slave.  I have done only that which I ought to have done” (Lk 17:10).

Word of God

Resolved, to submit to the Word of God because it is from the mouth of God Himself (2 Tim 3:16).

Resolved, to seek the Word of God as sweeter than honey, as more desirable than the greatest materials riches of the world (Pr 20:20), and as my delight (Ps 119:74), love (Ps 119:97), and joy (Ps 119:162), for there is great reward — it is a blessing (Ps 119:2), reveals sin (Ro 7:7-12), causes me to flee from sin (Ps 119:11), encourages purity (Ps 119:9), is a lamp (Ps 119:105), and gives peace (Ps 119:105).

Resolved, to be transformed by the continual renewing of my mind by reading the Word of God, hearing the Word of God, and reading books that explain the Word of God, so that I may discern the will of God for my life (Ro 12:2).

Prayer

Resolved, to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17) as my Lord commanded (Lk 11:2-4) — honoring the Father, yearning for His kingdom, asking for daily needs, begging for forgiveness, and requesting protection — for the prayer of the saints is His delight (Pr 15:8).

Resolved, to earnestly pray, "Come, Lord Jesus," (Rev 22:20), an as inadequate but pure verbal confession of the "groan" within myself for full "adoption" by God as a son — the "redemption" of my flesh (Ro 8:23).

Resolved, to be constantly beseeching and begging the Lord of the harvest to send harvesters into His plentiful harvest (Mt 9:37-38) and to raise up preachers and senders to preach the gospel (Ro 10:14-15), so that the elect would believe and be saved (Eph 1:5).

Repentance

Resolved, to repent completely and quickly when I am made aware of my sins (Pr 51:17), to grieve that for such heinous sins my Lord Christ was crushed and slain (Is 53:5-6), and to believe in the gospel (Mk 1:5) as my only hope of pardon and deliverance.

Resolved, to read these resolves weekly, repent of my failures and recommit myself to them, to "bear fruits in keeping with repentance" (Lk 3:8).

Character

Resolved, to never lust, or in other words sexually desire, any woman to whom I am not married (Job 31:1), for my Lord revealed lust to be adultery in the heart (Mt 5:27-28) and because the lust of the eyes is not from the Father but from the world (1 Jn 2:15)

Resolved, to aid in keeping the previous resolve, to flee from boyish lusts and seek brothers with pure hearts (2 Tim 2:22), casting aside this encumbrance and sin which entangles me, so that I may run with endurance and fervor the race set before me (Heb 12:1).

Resolved, to pursue to have the same humility as Christ (Php 2:3-5), for a man wise in his own eyes is worse than a fool (Pr 26:12) and because God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble (1 Pet 5:5).

Resolved, to obey every law made by the government, for God has established every government, and by submitting to its authority I submit to my Lord (Ro 13:1-2,5); this resolve shall be void if the government establishes a law which violates its bounds of jurisdiction decreed by God.

Disciple-Making

Resolved, to evangelize the lost by proclaiming the excellencies of Him who called me out of darkness and into His marvelous light (1 Pet 2:9), thus calling the sheep who are not yet of His fold (Jn 10:16) to come to their Shepherd (Ps 23:1).

Resolved, to be consistently involved in making disciples of individuals of nations as my Lord commanded (Mt 28:20), admonishing and teaching every man, with all wisdom, by the power of God, so that every man will be complete in Christ (Col 1:28-29).

Church

Resolved, to be a member of a local church of Christ (Ro 12:4-5) for it is His body; to labor together with the members to build the body up in love and obedience (Eph 4:15-16); to serve with the members according to the gifts that differ according to the grace given us (Ro 12:6); and to sing songs of thanksgiving with the members to God (Col 3:16).

Resolved, to love the saints not merely with word or tongue, but in deed and truth (1 Jn 3:18), as one who is of the Light (1 Jn 1:9), born of God, a lover of God (1 Jn 4:7), and abider in God (1 Jn 4:16).

Resolved, to preach "nothing … except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (1 Cor 2:2) as the immovable core and center to all knowledge, wisdom, doctrine, theology, philosophy, and Christianity.

Family

Resolved, to love my wife, if the Lord should graciously grant me one, as Christ loves His bride, the Church (Eph 5:25), praising her as a woman who fears the Lord (Pr 31:30) and honoring her as the weaker vessel and fellow heir of the grace of life and salvation (1 Pet 3:7).

Resolved, to display covenantal Christian marriage, if my Lord should graciously grant it, as a glorious shadow of the substance to come — Christ’s marriage to and perfect love towards His bride (Rev 21:2,10-11).

Resolved, to teach my children, if my Lord should gracious grant me any, diligently of the Word of God (Deut 6:6-7), so that they would come to fear and love and worship the Lord (Deut 6:5,13) if He would graciously grant them salvation.

Earthly Possessions

Resolved, to never buy anything without deeply contemplating that this world will be consumed with fire (2 Pet 3:10) and that my Lord commanded me to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (Mt 6:33), by storing up treasures imperishable and unfailing (Lk 12:33-34).

Resolved, to remember that "it is He who is giving [me] power to make wealth" (Deut 8:18) and that the money which God has given me to steward is His money (Lk 19:13).

Resolved, to make as much money as I can and save as much money as I can, to give as much money away as I can, because a generous man will be blessed (Proverbs 22:9).

Resolved, to every year increase the percentage of my income which I return to my King for the purposes of His kingdom, because my heart has been stirred and moved to give to the work of the Lord (Ex 35:21-22).

Resolved, to assess my earthly possessions yearly (Mt 6:19), and seek to sell or give away all that is not useful or helpful, for I desire a "money belt" which does not wear out and an unfailing treasure in heaven, protected from every thief and moth (Lk 12:33).

Mouth

Resolved, to make promises in light of my Lord’s command to hold true to my word (Mt 5:34-37, Jas 5:12), and labor and strive and strain to uphold such promises as long as the said promise is in accordance with God’s revealed will and godly wisdom.

Resolved, to have at the tip of my mind the truth that my tongue is the very world of iniquity (Jas 3:6) and an inferno-inciting flame, and as such to not complain, grumble, be discontent, lie, or mislead — all of which shall be an attempt to bridle my evil heart (Mt 15:18-19).

Resolved, to only criticize, mock, insult, judge, or correct in the clearest of circumstances that demand such words, with the highest intentions of love to benefit the individual being spoken to and with the purest intentions to uphold the truth of the Word of God (Eph 4:15).