This is the year…
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, you’re one of the over 40% of Americans who resolve to make changes in their lives. Think about it. Over 100 million people resolving to make changes in weight, health, relationships, spending, jobs or other things. Goals they would like to keep, but what happens? According to research by the University of Scranton, only 8% keep them. Maybe that’s you.
Unfortunately, far too many believe if they had their weight, finances, and relationships in good order, life would be great. But would it? What does it take to have a life that pleases God?
The answer is to walk by the Spirit, to live controlled by the Spirit of God, not the flesh. As Paul wrote the churches in Galatia:
“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:16-24)
What is your number one goal this year? Is it to crucify the flesh, to walk by the Spirit, to please and honor the Lord?
If so, you have your priorities in order. So, what do you plan to do to keep this worthy goal? It’s vitally important to have a plan.
I wish I could tell you that crucifying the flesh is a one-time act. It’s not. It’s moment by moment, day by day walking by the Spirit. How is that possible?
Maybe the Lord will impress upon you one of these:
- This is the year I’m going to join a Bible Study Class…
- This is the year I’m going to study through the Bible in a year…
- This is the year I’m going to lead a Bible Study Class…
- This is the year I’m going to go to training to learn how to study my Bible inductively…
- This is the year I’m going to go to Israel…
Oh, my friend, it’s never too late to start again, no matter your age, no matter your current situation, God’s Word has the answers to life.
How do you walk by the spirit? Spending time daily with your Heavenly Father in prayer and in Bible Study. Digging deep into the Truth from the scriptures that will help direct your path.
Are you wondering what this year is going to bring? Do you have questions about what to do? God will show you the way, but you must keep seeking Him.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Precept Ministries International is here for you. Our mission is to establish people in God’s Word. We have the classes, the resources and the events to help you walk with Him.
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Kay Arthur’s exciting, practical approach to the Scriptures has influenced thousands to use the Precept™ Inductive Bible Study Method in their personal studies. Her distinguished Christian character, Bible teaching, championing of biblical literacy, and national radio and television programs motivate others to discover truth for themselves. Kay’s passion is for people to be established in God’s Word.
At the age of 29, a divorced mother of two working as a nurse, Kay called in sick to the hospital where she was working because she was sick at heart, sick over the life of sin she had been living. She had a religion but did not possess a relationship with God. On the morning of July 16, 1963, she fell on her knees as a sinner and rose as pure and whole in the Lord’s sight. “For ‘Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved’” Romans 10:13, (NASB). “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NASB). She hungered and thirsted for the Word of truth and began studying the Bible. Her relationship with the Lord and scriptural findings turned her sorrows into joy and her mourning into laughter.
God’s love poured down upon her in 1965 when she married a missionary with the Pocket Testament League named Jack Arthur. Together they served as missionaries in Mexico for three and a half years until health issues led them back to the States. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jack began managing a Christian radio station, and Kay began a teen Bible study. Though the study started as a small gathering in the living room of the couple’s home, it soon grew from teens to college students to adults. From the beginning of the gatherings Kay and Jack’s deepest desire was to establish people in God’s Word. They founded a ministry in 1970 that became Precept Ministries International where they served, Jack as President and Kay as Executive Vice President, later as Co-CEOs, until February 2012 when they stepped down and their son David became President and CEO.
Kay is the teacher and host of Precepts for Life, a daily television, radio, and online program which takes the student through the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse using the Inductive Bible Study Method. Precepts for Life™ TV and Radio reaches more than 75 million households each day in more than 30 countries, while the online program is available to almost everyone on the planet.
Kay currently resides in Tennessee.