For the past couple of days I have been listening to the Resolved Conference 2005 sermons on my way to work. As a person that hears a couple sermons a week from some great men, I really believe that these sermons (at the conference) are some of the best I have heard in my lifetime. I really have been learning from these great preachers of God’s Word. With that in my mind, let me move forward.
In his incredible 70 resolutions at the young age of 19, Jonathan Edwards wrote this as an introduction: “Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.” I am amazed as I read that before he starts to list his resolutions at his humility before God. It seems evident that he knows that he cannot keep these commitments without the help of God and him alone. But furthermore, he knew that he needed to be resolved in his heart before God to live a holy and righteous life. I am amazed truly amazed at his courage.
Are we losing this commitment today? If we are in Christ and we know him as our Savior, we would do ourselves a great service by asking our own hearts if we are losing this kind of commitment. Nothing on this earth could be greater than living a holy life before God. Maybe you have fallen away from Christ. Then get up, repent, and be restored to him. Maybe you are struggling through something… STOP! Stop sinning, repent, and be restored to God. Let’s learn from men like Jonathan Edwards that we are “unable to do anything without God’s help…” Let us be reminded today that God can see us even when no one is looking. Who will you be before God? I have to ask myself that question every day. Be committed to Christ, and let no other thing on this earth get in the way of that.
Posted by Shay at 2:22 PM
2 replies on “Resolved.”
Thanks for that encouragement to have a single focus on our one true Savior. Thanks also for your example of true Christian leadership in standing for our beliefs when it comes to “Adult Content”. God will honor your decision and your commitment. You are an example and an encouragement to me.
Edwards indeed was an amazing man of God. His boldness and wisdom at 19 is convicting to me as I myself am 19 currently.
It’s a challenge to first even come up with resolutions, furthermore to test if they are even for Christ’s sake or agreeable to God’s will. Certainly with God’s grace, one would be able to strive to keep them.
Shay, thanks for the admonishment to stay faithful and committed. It’s an encouragement to see that you’re still fighting the good fight. It’s disheartening to see that so many alumni from DC have fallen away from the truth and have turned their back on God.
Good to see that you’re doing well.