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There are many plans in a man’s heart, but Yahweh’s counsel will prevail.”  (Proverbs 19:21 WEBA)

New Year’s resolutions are a tradition many centuries old; we have all made them, and I am sure most of us have broken at least one of them as well.  It appears that with the beginning of a New Year almost upon us, we feel almost compelled to make new plans for ourselves, new beginnings, think new thoughts, and have a complete new purpose for our lives.

However, one of the reasons that many New Year’s resolutions may not be successful is because they are not made IN and THROUGH our Elohim.  When we choose to make plans and decisions without asking our Master and Creator, we are, in reality, in rebellion.  We cannot continue to walk in our OWN agenda and expect YHWH to honor it, for we no longer belong to ourselves (see Luke 17:7-10; 1Peter 1:18-19; James 4:13-16).  As children, AND servants of “El Elyon”, the Most High God, we must take our instructions from HIM.  An employee, or servant, never tells his/her employer, or Master, what THEY are going to do; they stand in obedience, waiting to receive instructions.

An obedient, loving child should not be much different.  This young child, secure in the parent’s love and care, may ask or petition the parent for certain needs and desires, but should not be foolish enough to embark on self-made plans that would venture away from the parent’s care and protection.  Such action has the potential of failure, destruction, and even death.

Our ABBA Father has plans for each one of us for this coming year, if we would take the time to individually seek HIM, and ask of HIM what He would desire of us to do.  He waits patiently … it is almost midnight … have YOU made your New Year’s resolution?  Can we start this New Year with a resolution to “draw near to ELOHIM and He shall draw near to you? (see James 4:8)

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says YHWH, thoughts of PEACE, and not of evil to give you a FUTURE and a HOPE.  And you shall call upon Me, and go, and pray unto Me, and I will HEARKEN UNTO YOU.  And you shall seek Me, and find Me when you shall search for Me with all your heart.”  (Jeremiah 29:11-13 HRVS, emphasis mine)

“For יהוה of hosts has counselled, and who annuls it? And His hand that is stretched out, who turns it back?” (Isaiah 14:27 ISR)

©2015 Merete Marx