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5 New Year's Resolutions Spiritual Believers Should Make

new year resolutions, urantia book, service, God's promises, meditation, prayer,  beatitudes, self mastery

Do you want to make some new year's resolutions that will really make a diference? Our five suggestions may just kick-start your spiritual life in 2017! Here they are...

1. Believe in God's promises and follow his instructions

This is the surest way to happiness in 2017. Click here to read all about how to make this happen for you.

2. Spend time praying and meditating every day

The practice of meditation, prayer, and spiritual thinking are three additions to our lives that can pay huge rewards. Click here to read more...

3. Read the Urantia Book

There is definitely an amazing Urantia Book passage just waiting to become your mantra for living better in 2017! Click here to read more...

4. Help someone – be selfless

There is always someone in more trouble than you, help them and your problems will melt away. Click here to read more...

5. Master yourself in small and large ways; use spiritual power to overcome!

Said Jesus: " 'Verily, verily, I say to you, he who rules his own self is greater than he who captures a city. Click here to read more...

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Tips and teachings from The Urantia Book

1. Believe in God's promises and follow his instructions

What are God's promises? One of the most sweeping and most comforting of God's promises is what The Urantia Book calls "The Great Urantian Agreement;" this agreement was struck between Melchizedek and Abraham during Melchizedelk's incarnation here on earth. It reads:

"This covenant of Melchizedek with Abraham represents the great Urantian agreement between divinity and humanity whereby God agrees to do everything; man only agrees to believe God's promises and follow his instructions. Heretofore it had been believed that salvation could be secured only by works—sacrifices and offerings; now, Melchizedek again brought to Urantia the good news that salvation, favor with God, is to be had by faith."

Want more? Instruction and promise doesn't get much plainer than this:

"Happy are the poor in spirit, the humble, for theirs are the treasures of the kingdom of heaven.

"Happy are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.

"Happy are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

"Happy are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

"Happy are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

"Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.

"Without a worthy goal, life becomes aimless and unprofitable, and much unhappiness results. Jesus' discourse at the ordination of the twelve constitutes a master philosophy of life. Jesus exhorted his followers to exercise experiential faith. He admonished them not to depend on mere intellectual assent, credulity, and established authority."

Jesus' ordination sermon will inspire! Read more...

And for even more divine instruction and more promises, see "I Promise You..."

2. Spend time praying and meditating every day

The practice of meditation, prayer, and spiritual thinking are three additions to our lives that can pay huge rewards.

Find the time and make it a habit!

One of the great troubles with modern life is that man thinks he is too busy to find time for spiritual meditation and religious devotion.

Don't be too busy. Many believers find that these worshipful and mindful practices actually help them save time throughout a day.

"Religious habits of thinking and acting are contributory to the economy of spiritual growth. One can develop religious predispositions toward favorable reaction to spiritual stimuli, a sort of conditioned spiritual reflex. Habits which favor religious growth embrace cultivated sensitivity to divine values, recognition of religious living in others, reflective meditation on cosmic meanings, worshipful problem solving, sharing one's spiritual life with one's fellows, avoidance of selfishness, refusal to presume on divine mercy, living as in the presence of God. The factors of religious growth may be intentional, but the growth itself is unvaryingly unconscious."

"The more healthful attitude of spiritual meditation is to be found in reflective worship and in the prayer of thanksgiving."

Please see our topical study of Urantia Book teachings about meditation

And our topical study on Prayer

3. Read the Urantia Book

Reading The Urantia Book is not only a great way to get in touch with God, but to relax and take time for yourself as well. Instead of spending your Monday evening watching reality TV reruns, reread your favorite stories and teachings in The Urantia Book … or find new ones to help you get motivated for the New Year. There is definitely an amazing Urantia Book passage just waiting to become your mantra for living better in 2017!

4. Help someone – be selfless

There is always someone in more trouble than you, help them and your problems will melt away.

"All of this magnificent creation, including yourself, was not made just for you. This is not an egocentric universe. The Gods have decreed, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive,' and said your Master Son, 'He who would be greatest among you let him be server of all.'"

"Service—purposeful service, not slavery—is productive of the highest satisfaction and is expressive of the divinest dignity. Service—more service, increased service, difficult service, adventurous service, and at last divine and perfect service—is the goal of time and the destination of space. But ever will the play cycles of time alternate with the service cycles of progress. And after the service of time there follows the superservice of eternity. During the play of time you should envision the work of eternity, even as you will, during the service of eternity, reminisce the play of time."

Please see our topical on service here

5. Master yourself in small and large ways; use spiritual power to overcome!

Said Jesus: " 'Verily, verily, I say to you, he who rules his own self is greater than he who captures a city. Self-mastery is the measure of man's moral nature and the indicator of his spiritual development. In the old order you fasted and prayed; as the new creature of the rebirth of the spirit, you are taught to believe and rejoice. In the Father's kingdom you are to become new creatures; old things are to pass away; behold I show you how all things are to become new. And by your love for one another you are to convince the world that you have passed from bondage to liberty, from death into life everlasting.'"

" 'By the old way you seek to suppress, obey, and conform to the rules of living; by the new way you are first transformed by the Spirit of Truth and thereby strengthened in your inner soul by the constant spiritual renewing of your mind, and so are you endowed with the power of the certain and joyous performance of the gracious, acceptable, and perfect will of God. Forget not—it is your personal faith in the exceedingly great and precious promises of God that ensures your becoming partakers of the divine nature. Thus by your faith and the spirit's transformation, you become in reality the temples of God, and his spirit actually dwells within you. If, then, the spirit dwells within you, you are no longer bondslaves of the flesh but free and liberated sons of the spirit. The new law of the spirit endows you with the liberty of self-mastery in place of the old law of the fear of self-bondage and the slavery of self-denial.' "

HAPPY NEW YEAR! May 2017 become THE year that you make new spiritual progress!

 

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