I am so thankful to be part of a congregation wherein the Holy Spirit is working to conform each believer to the image of Jesus Christ. I consider myself least worthy to be a member of Cornerstone URC, let alone a leader among God’s precious children who comprise this local body. My hope and prayer is that God will powerfully work in my life, my family’s lives, and the lives of each and every member of this congregation to more fully glorify our wonderful savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. May God be pleased to work within each of our hearts scripture based resolutions such as the following 12 which were written by Jonathon Edwards; resolutions God certainly used in his life to fan the flames of the historical Great Awakening in the United States of America. Oh, how desperate is our need for such an awakening today!
Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.
Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less ormore, but what tends to the glory of God… (4)
Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live. (6)
Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same. (28)
Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope
that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope God will accept. (29)
Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God. (8)
Resolved, never to say anything at all against anybody, but when it is perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said anything against anyone, to bring it to, and try it strictly by the test of this Resolution. (31)
Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge. (14)
Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger to irrational beings.(15)
Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good. (16)
Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.(10)
Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them. (67)
Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can. (5)