A New Year: Resolutions or Requests?

At the age of 37, I have made many resolutions at the beginning of a new year only to break them before January ended. I’m honestly sick of doing that. I have good intentions but am not consistent in my execution. This year, God led me to do something different.

Rather than set resolutions that end up being only good intentions, I decided that I would just make a list of things I would pray and believe God for in the coming year. These are measurable. I can go back later in the year and see how God answered. This is a little bit of a different twist on resolutions, but it includes God and makes prayer a focal part of it.

I will not share these requests now, but I look forward to sharing at a later date how God answered and did miracles in these situations. Are you just going to resolve to do something because it is the beginning of a new year, or are you going to bring Jesus to the center of it and watch Him go above your resolutions and move in power and glory?

Author: Matthew Winters (The Comeback Pastor)

Born and raised in Portsmouth, VA, I eventually landed in upstate SC because when God calls I move. I gave my life to Christ in 1987 and surrendered to the call to ministry in 1997. I am a three-time graduate from Liberty University and Theological Seminary: BS in Religion (2003), the MA in Religion (Leadership concentration - 2006), and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Ministries - 2013). I have served as a worship leader and senior pastor in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia since 1996. After experiencing a divorce, God graciously gave me my wife, Jennifer, whom I married in September 2015. Between the two of us, we have 6 children. I am the Lead/Founding Pastor of Overcomers Church in Walhalla, SC, a church plant that is helping those who have been overcome by life to become Overcomers in Christ. Jennifer and I both love people and long to see them enter into a relationship with Christ and walk in the power of His Spirit. I pray that these thoughts I share will challenge and inspire you to greater heights and deeper depths for the glory of Christ.

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