New year resolutions are so popular! Failing to keep them beyond the first few days of the new year is also commonplace. Why do these resolutions fail? How can this failing be prevented?
When resolutions are made from the human perspective and with reliance on human strengths, they are within the context of limitation. Before long, many of such resolutions fail. Believers are not to make resolutions this way. We are to rely on our Lord for the wisdom to make the right resolutions and to keep such resolutions!
John 15:5 (NKJV): “…for without Me you can do nothing.”
Believer, do not make resolutions from your own mindset, with reliance on your human strength (Proverbs 3:5). They won’t exist for long. So, before you make a long list of new ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ this year, check your heart and be sure you are making the decisions in sync with the Lord.
This new year, make your resolutions from God’s perspective- from the context of the WORD, the source of WISDOM for believers! Read the word, understand it, apply it to your life, and make resolutions from it. That is how to make the higher resolution.
First, remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 4:4 (NKJV):
‘…’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'”
This highlights the importance of the Word in our lives as believers! Actually, the WORD is our life!
Also, note the assurance of success that comes from applying the word to life situations in Joshua 1:8 (NKJV):
‘This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.’
Having made your resolution from the perspective of the Word, you can then rely on GOD’S STRENGTH to keep the resolution, not ‘your strength’. God’s strength is unlimited! Human strength has limits. So when resolutions are made based on the strength of man, such can’t be kept beyond the limit of human strength. When the mortal strength ends, such resolutions end as well.
However, when God’s strength is your source of power for keeping your resolution, you can’t fail! God’s strength will take you to higher levels, with greater speed, and lasting impact!
‘But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.’ Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)
In essence, the higher resolution is that which is drawn from the word of God, with reliance on God’s strength to keep it! So, instead of one becoming tired, the strength to keep the resolution is renewed daily! Glory to God!
Make the higher resolutions. Make your decisions from the Word. Rely on God’s strength. Succeed without end in 2016!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
ENJOY IT! IT’S A GIFT OF 366 GLORIOUS DAYS!