Have You Made Yours Yet?

Resolutions.

It’s time, you know. New Year’s Day is Friday and if you haven’t made your list, well, you’d best get crackin’!

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in his classic work, Spiritual Depression, has this bit of very helpful advice:

“Would you like to be rid of this spiritual depression? The first thing you have to do is to say farewell now once and forever to your past. Realize that it has been covered and blotted out in Christ. Never look back at your sins again. Say: ‘It is finished, it is covered by the Blood of Christ’. That is your first step. Take that and finish with yourself and all this talk about goodness, and look to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is only then that true happiness and joy are possible for you. What you need is not to make resolutions to live a better life, to start fasting and sweating and praying. No! You just begin to say:

I rest my faith on Him alone
who died for my transgressions to atone (page 35)

While my reading list is long enough already, I will probably add this to the stack. I’ve only read parts of this book and now, upon reflection, I think it would be good, healthy medicine upon entering a New Year. And that’s just about one of the only resolutions I’ll be making this year.

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