2014 is a new year, but a new year doesn't necessarily mean a new beginning... Many of us have made New Year's Resolutions; vowing to God, to people, and to ourselves that we will do things better this time around. But I'm here to say, unless Jesus Christ is alive in our hearts, our attempts to become better people will fall short. Romans 7:18 says that in our flesh dwells "NO GOOD THING". We cannot become 'better' people by just trying hard, because our definition of 'good' simply doesn't measure up to what God is requiring of us.
But 2nd Corinthians 5:17 says that "If anyone is in CHRIST, he is a NEW CREATION. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." This is how we become 'better' people, by allowing the blood of Jesus to cleanse us of our sins (1 John 1:7-9). How can a person stay on the path of purity? By living according to God's word (Psalm 119:9). Unless we are allowing the LORD to transform us, our New Year's Resolution is in vain. Accept Jesus Christ as savior, seek to live for Him, and walk in the newness of life. Happy 2014!
As a writer, my objective is to provoke thought. As a minister, my objective is to encourage you to Christ. As a disciple, my objective is to do these things in love.