20 Resolutions To Make in 2019

A new year is upon us which means we are frantically thinking about what we will resolve to do. In 2008, Sinclair Ferguson delivered a message at the Desiring God National Conference that included 20 God-honoring resolutions from the book of James. I commend them to you:

  1. To ask God for wisdom to speak and with a single mind (James 1:5)
  2. To boast only in exaltation in Christ, & humiliation in the world (James 1:9-10)
  3. To set a watch over my mouth (James 1:13)
  4. To be constantly quick to hear, slow to speak (James 1:19)
  5. To learn the gospel way of speaking to poor and the rich (James 2:1-4)
  6. To speak always in the consciousness of the final judgment (James 2:12)
  7. To never stand on anyone’s face with my words (James 2:16)
  8. To never claim as reality something I do not experience (James 3:14)
  9. To resist quarrelsome words in order to mortify a quarrelsome heart (James 4:1)
  10. To never speak evil of another (James 4:11)
  11. To never boast in what I will accomplish (James 4:13)
  12. To always speak as one subject to the providences of God (James 4:15)
  13. To never grumble, knowing that the Judge is at the door (James 5:9)
  14. To never allow anything but total integrity in my speech (James 5:12)
  15. To speak to God in prayer whenever I suffer (James 5:13)
  16. To sing praises to God whenever I am cheerful (James 5:14)
  17. To ask for the prayers of others when I am sick (James 5:14)
  18. To confess it freely whenever I have failed (James 5:15)
  19. To pray with and for one another when I am together with others (James 5:15)
  20. To speak words of restoration when I see another brother or sister wander (James 5:19)
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