How to Stay Healthy in the New Year by Ernest Easley

How to Stay Healthy in the New Year
Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 7:1-8

So on this first day of the year have you or do you plan to make a New Years Resolution? You know: setting some goals you want to accomplish this year. It may include some personal goals or projects. It may even include reforming a habit.

Here is a Top Ten List of New Years Resolutions for 2012. See if any of yours are included.

1.Spend more time with my family/friends.
2.Fit in Fitness. (tone up for health)
3.Tame the Bulge. (drop some pounds)
4.Quit smoking
5.Enjoy life more
6.Quit drinking
7.Get out of debt
8.Learn something new
9.Help others
10.Get organized

Well those are all wonderful and helpful resolutions to make. Now here's the bad news: research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals.

Well that's not very encouraging news when it comes to making New Years Resolutions. What's interesting is that it was found that men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying ''lose weight'') while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends.

When it comes to making New Years Resolutions there is a resolution that I want to encourage you to make with me today, where small measurable goals can be set, where the goals are made public AND that comes with support from your friends.

You say, ''Pastor, now that sounds like a reasonable resolution to make for this year. What is it?'' Well I'm glad you asked. The 2012 New Years Resolution that I'm asking you to make with me today is for us to stay healthy all year long! And I'm not talking about physical health though that should be a priority this year. I'm talking about spiritual health. I'm talking about church health!

That's it! That we the members of RSBC resolve to maintain a healthy fellowship all year long! Now here's why that's important: everything we're going to do this year hinges on the health of our fellowship. When our fellowship is healthy we can accomplish everything and anything God has for us. If our fellowship is unhealthy we cannot accomplish what God has for us to accomplish this year.

As your pastor I resolve to do my part in our staying healthy all year long. So how do we stay healthy throughout 2012 so that God can accomplish great and mighty things in us and through us?

Well that's what we find the apostle Paul talking about in 2 Corinthians 7 as he shows us today:

How to Stay Healthy in 2012

2 Corinthians 7.1-8

1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. 2 Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. 3 I do not say this to cond ...

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