Secondly, I am not going to make decisions based upon personal pride. It is easy to do something or say something that is based upon putting yourself in a positive light to others. If you are doing something just to impress someone else, then you are doing it for the wrong reason. Motive is very important to our actions and the wrong motive will eventually produce the wrong results. The best way to discover your motive is to examine yourself in light of Scripture and make sure that your motive lines up with what honors God. Make sure 2019 is full of the right motive for every decision that you make!
Thirdly, I do not want my prayers to be self-serving. I believe it would be a good exercise to write down your prayers for a week. This will help you see what you are praying for on a regular basis, as well as who you are praying for on a regular basis. I hear people say, “I’m praying for you!” and I see people on social media who write they are praying for a situation, but only God knows how much people pray about those situations. I want to make sure that I am praying for more than my well being or the desires of someone else. I want to make sure that my prayers are for God’s will to be accomplished on earth as it is in Heaven. I want God to work through my life and not around my life.
Fourthly, I do not want to be a hinderance to someone else who is looking for Jesus in their life. Consider people who do not have faith in Christ and watch your life to see if you live what you claim to believe. If your actions and attitude are contrary to what Christ commands His disciples to be, then your life will be a hinderance to a non-believer. A self-righteous or bitter spirit will never bring someone to Christ! I pray that my actions will portray the King of Glory and not the king of self! Ephesians 5:1,2 says, “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering as a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” We don’t know what 2019 holds in store for any of us, but we can choose to be the person that God wants to use to encourage those who are around us to trust in Him. Remember, don’t give in to sin. Think about it!
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