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Q:

Every year, I always make a long list of New Year's resolutions, but since I never keep them I've decided this time to make just a few. Does the Bible say anything about making resolutions?


A:

Yes, the Bible certainly encourages us to examine our lives and resolve to change them if necessary (although not just at the beginning of a new year). The Psalmist, for example, made a resolution to keep his speech pure: “I have planned no evil; my mouth has not transgressed” (Psalm 17:3).

Why, however, do so many of our resolutions fail? Sometimes it’s simply because they aren’t realistic. Instead, they’re only wishful thinking, with no way to make them actually happen. For example, you might resolve to make a million dollars this year, but if you don’t have any way to earn it, it probably isn’t going to happen. Other resolutions fail because we aren’t willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach them.

But the real problem is within ourselves—within our own hearts and minds. We’d all like to be better people, but no matter how hard we try, we find ourselves tripped up by our own moral failures and weaknesses. Even the Apostle Paul experienced this: “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18).

What is the solution? The solution is to turn to God, confessing our sins to Him and seeking His help to live the way we should. Begin the New Year by turning to Jesus Christ and inviting Him into your life. Then ask Him to help you become the person He wants you to be. This is what Paul did, and that’s why he could say, “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13).

Begin the New Year with Christ.

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20 Comments

  1. Matsheng James Mongalo says:

    Thank you for this lesson on New Year’s resolutions. This is exactly what I told my colleagues on Sunday.

  2. Lisa R Penley says:

    I love this helps to understand the truth in Jesus’ Name.

  3. Edmond says:

    I need to work with Jesus this 2018.

  4. ADONU JOSEPH says:

    Blessed by this powerful word.

  5. Samuel Moses says:

    Yes I want Jesus to bless me and I will do whatever He wills for me.

  6. ambrose nzomo says:

    Please, please, keep me in your prayers, for I need Jesus’s favor.

  7. majaliwa says:

    Thank you for encouraging words.

  8. Johan says:

    Thank you.

  9. Daniel Atule says:

    Without focusing on God and His purpose for my life, I’m likely going to make wishful thinking instead of making a resolution. I resolve in my heart to walk with the Lord daily. Amen!

    Thanks for sharing this insight.