12 weeks ago did you make a new yearâ€™s resolution? What did you decided to change? Many of us made promises to ourselves to mark the beginning of a new year. We said â€œI will save more, exercise more, or spend less time on social media.â€ We begin with good intentions, but before long old habits tempt us to return to old ways. We slip up occasionally, then more frequently, and then all the time. Finally, weâ€™re back to business as usual, as if our resolutions never existed.
Instead of choosing our own self-improvement goals, a better approach might be to ask ourselves: â€œwhat does the Lord desire of me?â€ In the book of Micah, God reveals that He wants us to do what is right, to be merciful, and to walk humbly with Him. All of these things relate to soul-improvement rather than self-improvement.
Today, when we choose soul-improvement instead of self-improvement, we donâ€™t have to rely on our own strength. The Holy Spirit is standing by to help us as believers in our spiritual/soul growth. Godâ€™s Word says, He is able to â€œstrengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner beingâ€ (Eph. 3:16). Letâ€™s resolve to be more Christ-like. To livejustly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly. Letâ€™s resolve to focus more on spiritual soul-improvement. The Spirit will help us as we seek to walk with our God.
What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?Micah 6:8
Pray with Me
Yahweh, thank You for choosing to lead me. Father, help me choose soul-improvement over self-improvement. I ask for a truthful spirit, a wise spirit, a kind spirit, so that Your life will be clearly seen in me. God, send Your Holy Spirit into my life, to show me how to do what You want me to do. Please teach me to live justly, love mercy and to walk humbly, in Christâ€™s Name! Amen.