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Not Just Another Resolution

Not Just Another Resolution

Together with kindness and in understanding, let’s take this time to self reflect. I am here to inspire, encourage, and remind you that God has given us the most important weapon we have to fight the enemy, his Word.

Now let us dress our soul like we dress our bodies, EVERYDAY!

Not Just Another Resolution 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV

The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. If you are determined to make a New Year’s resolutions, what kind should you make? Common New Year’s resolutions are commitments to quit smoking, stop drinking, manage money more wisely, spend more time with family, lose weight, in conjunction with exercising more, eating more healthily, pray more, reading the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are all good goals to set. However the reason most resolutions fail is because they have no staying power. 

Like with all things that we are working toward accomplishing, resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you first understand your why. No matter what challenges I face the Word tells me “I can all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. 

Just like it’s important to keep Jesus in our Christmas, it’s also very important to keep him at the center of your New Year’ resolution. Here are a few ways we can make our resolutions stick. 

First, pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) regarding what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; second, pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; third, rely on God’s strength to help you; fourth, find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; fifth, don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further; six, don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6 says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” Pray for guidance. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).

Like love, resolutions require action and personal accountability to understanding why we need those changes in our lives. 

Remember we are each others keeper and the only time we should be looking down on someone is when we are helping them up.