Resolutions are a big part of the new year holiday! New beginnings are promised, goals are set, diets are started and gyms are packed. This trend is written about, mocked and a part of our culture, and while it may be fickle, it contains great truth.
It’s good to embrace new beginnings as we seek to be better and do better. Resolutions pull on the heart strings that know what we should do or need to do but struggle doing it. After all, we have good insight on what we should eat and what we shouldn’t eat. We understand that exercise is the right thing for us and we know what needs to change inside of us. However, this is easier said than done.
Resolutions can get lost as the years go by, and what we said we would do ends up never getting done?because it’s easy to get caught up and veer off track. How much more is this true with our faith? We want to love more, pray more, forgive more and give more yet we are challenged to do so. Tangents seem to always pop up causing us to lose focus on what we really want in God. However, there is an antidote to this conundrum we face. It’s being resolute!
Resolute means admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering. This means being focused with eyes on the goal and a heart beating with passion for it. This is tenacious faith that lifts us beyond ourselves and leads us through trials and distractions. It’s an unstoppable force that comes from Christ in us. Yes, we must have resolute resolutions!
“He (Abraham) was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises.”Romans 4:21
Notice Abraham was resolute in His belief in God! He was purposeful, determined and unwavering in his position, and because of this He received what God promised. What if we had this position in our life?
This new year of 2016 can be the best year of our life, but we need to have resolute resolutions to see it. Jesus is ready to do more than what we ask or think, but our part is to be determined and unwavering. So when life happens, we let God fix it. When we are in pain, it’s a chance for healing. When we feel lost, it provides a chance to be found. It is possible to be resolute in our faith, goals and resolutions and now is the time to do it!
I encourage you as we set aside 21 days for prayer and fasting, from January 11th–31st, to make some resolutions. Write out some desires, goals, and prayer requests and pray over them daily through this fast. This is effective when we give up something in sacrifice to align our life to receive from Christ. Believe God will do miracles for you and that He will do miracles in you. The practical application of this is to have grit and don’t give up because the best is yet to come! I believe you are one prayer away from a miracle, so it’s necessary for us to have resolute resolutions!
Have a great week,