Sunday, January 16, 2011
DO RESOLUTIONS WORK?
On the first day of January every year, we hear a lot of commitments from people popularly called ‘New Years’ resolutions’. Everyone’s got a new resolution for the year. However, by 31st of January, the resolution is already compromised – defeat and shame is everywhere – and then we wait for the next year to make another New Years’ resolution. When are we really going to get tired of this madness, at least for the fact that it doesn’t just work! The New Year itself has got nothing to offer – it can neither make you better nor worst. It is God who changes the times and seasons. It’s quite amazing that at the end of every year no one dares to mention how far he or she went with their resolutions. It’s so clear that it was just a flop!
Paul the Apostle said in Rom.7:18 “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.” (NKJV). Resolutions don’t work because they are based on human efforts or will power (the flesh) and no man can conquer himself by mere human will power. Besides, the Lord never receives anything that is of the flesh. If it must glorify God or be acceptable before Him, then it’s got to be by the Holy Spirit. Rom. 8:6,7 read “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” (NKJV). Many people fight with various bad habits and addictions to no avail. It takes a higher force to conquer one’s self. It’s the Holy Spirit who releases that force into our lives when we invite Him into the matter.
Friend, the good news is that change is possible! What you need is not a new resolution but a revolution – a radical change! If you are born again, it’s time to ask the Holy Spirit to take over the matter. Let Him destroy the yoke. Today is the best day for it. Isaiah 10:27 says “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” (KJV). Just get into the Word and see that that desired change is possible. See the liberty you have in Christ and appropriate it to yourself for “…'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts.” (NKJV) and if you are not born again, YOU MUST BE BORN AGAIN! Just read and act on Romans 10:9-10.