Proverbs 3:1-10 "1 My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2 For length of days, and long
life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the
table of thine heart: 4 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the LORD with
all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. 8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy
bones. 9 Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with
plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine."
Have you made your "New Year's Resolutions" yet? How many of your resolutions did you
keep all year last year? One study found that seventy percent of the people who make "New
Year's Resolutions" can't keep them through the month of January! I've thought a lot about
this and I've about decided the reason is that we set too many unrealistic goals. By
doing this, we actually set ourselves up for failure! But, on the other hand, everyone needs
goals. Everyone needs a plan. And we all want to make each new year a great one for the Glory
of God! So...how do we go about making this a better year but not making a lot of goals we can't
possibly meet? God gives us the answer to this in Proverbs 3: 1-10.
First, we must keep God's commandments. By doing this, we will not only have a longer life, but
we will have a more peaceful life! In order to keep God's commandments, we must first
know God's commandments! How often do you study the words of God?
Second, the above scripture warns us to not let mercy and truth forsake us. We are to hold these
so close as to bind them about our necks and write them on the tables of our hearts!
Matthew 5:7 tells us that if we are to obtain mercy, we must be merciful to others. Psalms 15:1
tells us that only those who speak truth in his heart will abide in the tabernacle of the Lord.
The promise God gives us in Proverbs 3 is that if we will show mercy and speak truth, we will find
favor, good and understanding with God, and not only with God but with man! So simply by speaking
the truth and showing mercy, we will be popular and have a good reputation!
Verses five and six tell us that if we will trust in the Lord and not in our own understanding,
and if we will acknowledge Him (or recognize Him as all powerful) He will give our lives
direction! He will lead us and guide our steps here on earth.
Verses seven and eight tell us to fear God and not to depend on our own wisdom. They also tell us
to depart from evil. If we do these three things, we can expect to have better health. You
may say, "But, I fear God and I'm not evil but my health is still bad." Maybe, but you
don't know just how bad it might be if you didn't fear God and depart from evil! It
could always be worse!
Then verses nine and ten tell us that if we want to prosper financially we must give something
back to God. We can't just expect to be blessed day after day without ever giving anything back.
This won't work in a marriage and it doesn't work with God. In Matthew chapter 25 Jesus tells the
parable of the three servants who were given talents. The first was given five, the second was
given 2 and the third was given only one. The servant who was given five talents doubled his, the
servant with two doubled his, also. But the servant who was only given one talent hid his in the
ground. When their Lord returned He commended the two who had gained more talents but he condemned
the one who had only what he was given. God will prosper those who use what they have for His
So let's see how we can use these ten verses to make our "New Year's Resolutions".
If we strive to keep these ten resolutions, we are promised:
- Study God's word and strive to keep His commandments.
- Be compassionate, forgiving and merciful to others.
- Try our best to always speak the truth.
- Trust God to always know what is best for us
- Pray for His divine direction in our lives each day.
- Fear God.
- Go to God when we have a problem,
- Don't depend on our own wisdom.
- Depart from evil.
- Honor the Lord by giving Him our time,
possessions, talents and praise.
- A longer life.
- A more peaceful life.
- A good reputation.
- Favor with God.
- God's direction and guidance.
- Better health.
- And financial well being!
I know what you are thinking; "No one can keep all of the commandments of God!" But if you are
thinking along these lines, you are missing the point of this scripture. This is a blueprint to
happiness. It is something to strive for! None of us will ever be perfect. We will not
be able to attain perfection until we reach heaven! What we are doing is striving to be
more like Christ.
Print out the above ten "resolutions" or "goals" and keep them before you all year!
I guarantee that by the end of this year you will be a better person and be reaping some of the
benefits listed above!
I AM RESOLVED
I am resolved no longer to linger,
Charmed by the world’s delight,
Things that are higher, things that are nobler,
These have allured my sight.
I am resolved to go to the Savior,
Leaving my sin and strife;
He is the true One, He is the just One,
He hath the words of life.
I am resolved to follow the Savior,
Faithful and true each day;
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth,
He is the living Way.
I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free;
Jesus, greatest, highest, I will come to Thee.
James H. Fillmore, 1849-1936
TRY MY TWELVE WEEK SELF-IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM!
It's never too late to improve!
I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEK,
AND A VERY SUCCESSFUL 2003!
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