Many of us are making New Year’s resolutions.  There are millions of things we can have as resolutions we can choose to make.  We can make the resolutions, but we can’t usually turn our lives on a dime.  The only way we can turn is by emotional upheaval or through constant self examination.  Bad habits are difficult to break and sometimes can only be replaced. 

  • Psalm 26- Are you walking in God’s truth?   
  • 1 Corinthians 11:27-32 – God commands that we look at our lives when we partake of the Lord’s Supper.  It is easier to make small changes constantly examine than it is to make one big change.  The more narrow the path, the easier it is to stay on.  We need to keep the compass (God) in view.  Satan can use anything to slightly push you off the course and if you are not watching closely, you won’t notice.  Examine your influences to be sure you stay on God’s way.
  • 2 Corinthians 13 – Examine yourself as to whether you are in the faith.  When we sin, we must examine ourselves, get back on the path, ask for forgiveness and get back on the path towards God.
  • Matthew 5:22-23 -Make things right so that we can be right with God.  We need to look at our lives and make changes to live the life we want to live.  Ask others we love to help us examine our lives.  Ask for gentle and merciful feedback.  We can fix things we know about.  We need to study God’s word to understand what kind of life we should live.  The more you know in your life experience, the more you realize that you are inadequate.  God’s word has amazing advice that the more you read, the more you find.  Examine your life in the light of God’s word.  Are you living your life with your moral compass pointing towards God?

—Eddie Bigler, 12-30-07, a.m.

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