By His Spirit
Going into the new year gives us all the motivation and spark to makes resolutions, set goals, and better ourselves. The ironic nature of it all is that most people end up forgetting about them, letting them go, and failing to truly accomplish them. So - is there really a point in setting new years resolutions? I say yes, and here is why :
The Lord commands us to test ourselves and our behaviors. God wants us to examine our nature and go back to Him as our guide.
Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you - unless, of course, you fail the test? (2 Corinthians 13:5)
Setting new years resolutions and striving to better your life is something the Lord commanded us to do. Are setting goals not examining our ways? Are setting goals not something we do in the wake of all our struggles? Many believe that due to the failing pattern of resolutions that there isn’t any point in making them; however, setting goals and making resolutions are revealing the longing you have for bettering yourself. I think they are worth it.
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:40)
The Lord wants us to go to Him as our guide. God knows what is best for us. Consider approaching the Lord about your goals; ask Him to lead you truthfully into what you should work on and strive to achieve with His help.
But I can assure you that achieving your goals and resolutions will not happen unless you allow the Lord to work and move in your life. We, as human beings, do not have the strength and power on our own to accomplish anything. It is through the supreme power of the Lord Jesus Christ that we accomplish all we do.
Make your resolutions and keep in mind that you can’t fulfill them on your own. In Zechariah 4, it says “‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit’ says the Lord Almighty.” God is saying that it is not by our strength things are done, but by His Spirit.
In John 15, Jesus is comparing our relationship with God to a vine and it’s branches. In verse 5 Jesus says, “apart from me you can do nothing.” It is because of God Almighty that we attain and achieve anything we do. He is our foundation, our stronghold. It is only with His help and assistance that we can reach a goal. We are fooling ourselves if we think we can claim the credit for our work - the credit that really belongs to God.
Go into 2016 placing your confidence in the Lord. Place your pride in God’s infinite power to accomplish what you can’t this new year.
If you are choosing to create some new years resolutions, make them centered around the Lord. Create them intending for the outcome to do nothing but glorify the Lord and the Lord only.
Do your resolutions glorify God? Is there sole purpose to honor the Creator of the Universe? If not, think about changing them and centering them more around the Lord and the benefiting of His Kingdom.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31) …. and this includes your resolutions!