You always hear, this time of year, of people making resolutions for the coming year. People make resolutions to be healthy: to remain that way or to get that way. People resolve to make financially wise choices: get out of debt, start to save money, give more money away, etc. People resolve to get material things. They have saved up and now they want to finally get that new car, new house, new iPad mini, new smart phone, etc. I want to encourage you to make a New Year resolution to be blessed in the New Year. However, this blessing is greater than any of the above. This blessing is one only God can grant. Psalm 1 speaks about the man who is blessed and contrasts him with the man who is not blessed.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;” Psalm 1:1
Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes, “When people live in sin they go from bad to worse. At first they merely walk in the counsel of the ungodly. Their evil is practical rather than habitual, but they become accustomed to evil. They stand in the way of open sinners who willfully violate God’s commandments. If left alone, they become malignant teachers and evil enticers. They sit in the seat of the scornful. They have taken their degree in vice (which is an immoral or evil habit or practice) and, as true Doctors of Damnation, are Masters in Belial.” Belial is a Hebrew word translated in the Old Testament as corrupt, perverted, worthless and in the New Testament, in 2 Corinthians 6:15, it is used as a name for Satan.
“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me says the Lord Almighty.’” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18