"You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, 'Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!'? Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires." Colossians 2:20-23, NLT

2014 is here, and you know what that means: it’s the time to make those New Year’s Resolutions! You think to yourself, ‘this is the year I’m going to change.’ A few years ago on a lonely New Years Eve, I made my own such list. I created a set of rules and guidelines, believing that they would guarantee my success. My list contained things like “this year I’ll work out more” or “be a better Christian”. But, like most New Years Resolutions, I struggled to make it past January, and by February my list was a distant memory. There’s nothing wrong with seeking self-improvement; it is good to work at health and holiness. The problem comes when we try to “change ourselves” on our own, apart from God. I do not believe it is possible to really change by our own devices, by our own rules, or by our own strength. The Apostle Paul echoes this sentiment, declaring that our feeble attempts have nothing more than “the appearance of wisdom”.  

You can make a long list of do’s and don’ts, but when it comes down to it, true change can only come through Jesus. So, if you plan to have any sort of New Years Resolutions this year, I encourage you to make them more about growing closer to God, and less about changing yourself. The closer you are to God, the more you become like Jesus. And the more you become like Him, you’ll watch as the changes you’ve always desired come naturally!

Lord Jesus, I ask you help us all grow closer to you day by day. Please help us find the healing and growth we need by becoming more like You. I thank you for another year, and ask that in everything we do, we glorify You. Amen.

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Before you make changes in the process of re-discovering the "new you", take a deep dive into what your soul really craves. 

Resource: Watch The Crave Documentary