We’re coming to the end of January. 2016 is almost one twelfth through. Back on the First, did you make any New Year’s resolutions? How are they working out for you? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Why is it so hard for us to break old habits, especially bad habits? The answer to that question is pretty simple and straightforward, and you’ll find it laid out in the Bible; Genesis 8:21 and Psalm 51:5 (go ahead, look them up). The bottom line is that it is in our nature to choose the bad, the evil, over the good. We really can’t help ourselves. If we are going to change, especially change for good and for the good, we’re going to need help; God’s help. To be made new again, and made better we will have to have the Spirit of Christ within us. The Apostle Paul clearly says to us; “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) To be made new we need to be “in Christ”, and the only way to be “in Christ” is for him to be in us, to have his Spirit dwell in our heart and soul, ruling over our spirit. The best of all New Year’s resolutions that we can make is to allow the Spirit of God, of Jesus Christ, to dwell within us, to not shut out the Word when we hear it. That Spirit will bear fruit, and over time in abundance. “The Fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23) And who wouldn’t want a little bit more of all of those?
Pastor Brian Albrecht has served St. John's since June of 2009