It’s the first day of a new year, a time where we all feel like we get a fresh start, a new beginning. We have an energized and confident mind set of resolve to make this a better year than the year before.
We begin to make or have already decided our new year’s resolutions. “I resolve to use the treadmill that has become a clothing rack, use my gym membership, drink less soda, eat healthy, read more books, spend more time with my family, save money” and the list goes on. Maybe we have a more spiritual type of resolution; to pray more, read our bible, or actually complete a one-year daily devotional.
All of these things are good goals and standards to have for ourselves. After all, God has given us life. If we are believers and followers of Jesus, our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit. We should take good care of ourselves physically. God is the one who provides the ability to produce wealth. We should be good stewards, financially, of what He has entrusted to us. We also should be disciplined in our spiritual growth, which includes prayer, bible reading and study.
The problem is where the desire and the follow through collide. It is simple yet difficult, easy yet hard. Jesus never said it would be easy, He said, “He would be with us.” He never said we could do it by our strength. He said, “I have given you everything you need for life and Godliness.” He never said man can do this, He said, “with God all things are possible.”
The Bible says, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” Romans 8:11
That is an amazing and exciting truth!
If in fact the Bible is true and inerrant, which it is, this tells me that if it is to His glory, we can. It isn’t a matter of possibility it is a matter of will. We simply need to allow what already is inside of us to manifest itself in our decisions. To truly live our Utmost for His Highest you must choose to do so.