A friend asked me today what my New Year’s resolution would be as if she would provide one when I couldn’t think of anything.
On one hand, my history with resolutions has not been good. And, at the same time, my goal is always to grow and change in positive ways.
When I came across this article, Time to Start a New D.I.E.T., I was encouraged by the simplicity and logic of how focusing on my walk with Jesus would change so many other areas of my life for the better.
It really all does start with God: not weight loss, a new job, a new home or even a new exercise routine. Our nutrition is the Bread of Life and the more time we spend at the table with Him, the more He will fill us and provide for all that we need.
2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
Below is a helpful guide to focus on the right kind of spiritual diet in the Lord. Tracie Miles gives a wonderful perspective for a New Year’s resolution and makes it easy to follow God’s plan for your life and receive the Daily Bread.
By TRACIE MILES
Below is some “food for thought” for how to kick off a strong spiritual D.I.E.T. and become a spiritually healthier you in the coming year.
D — DISCIPLINE: 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him” (NLT). The Bible gives us guidelines for living through His Word that help us grow spiritually healthy and mature in our faith. A daily dose of disciplined faith, which includes setting aside time every day to seek God through His Word and prayer, goes a long way to helping us achieve spiritual health.
I — INTENTIONAL: A strong faith doesn’t happen on its own but needs to be intentionally pursued. I have to make a deliberate effort to put God first in my life. Acts 2:42 says, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (NIV). What a beautiful example we have of the intentionality of the first followers of Jesus — they gathered together daily to study, pray and share the Lord’s Supper.
E — EARNEST: Being earnest in our faith takes effort to the next level. Have you ever read a passage of the Bible or listened to a sermon, and forgotten the topic 10 minutes later? Me too. I listened, but apparently my mind and heart weren’t fully engaged. Hebrews 11:6 says “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (NIV). When we sit down to spend time with God in any form, He longs for our full, zealous attention and the reward for our intentional and earnest faith is the development of a deep spiritual hunger.
T — TRUSTING: My weakest times are when I doubt God’s plans or purpose for the hard times. Psalm 9:10 says, “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, O LORD, do not abandon those who search for you” (NLT). When I start to feel weak, I need to uncover any doubt that has settled in my heart and choose to trust God. Trusting God, in the good and bad times, is an essential part of a healthy spiritual diet.