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By   •   December 27, 2017

Q:

Last year, I made a bunch of New Year's resolutions, and to be honest, I haven't kept a one of them. Why wasn't I able to I keep them? Maybe this year I should just forget about making any resolutions.


A:

Perhaps the “resolutions” on your list weren’t really resolutions at all, but merely a list of your wishes—things you would have liked to happen in your life, but you had no realistic plan to achieve them.

But there’s another reason why our resolutions often fail: We simply don’t have the inner strength to carry them out. Temptations come, and we give into them; discipline is required, but we’d rather do what’s easiest. What’s right is clear to us, but we give into the pressure of the crowd. Even the Apostle Paul experienced this inner moral and spiritual weakness: “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18).

This is one reason why we need Christ. When we put our lives into His hands, He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit and begins to change us from within. He gives us a new desire to do what’s right, and a new power to carry it out. The Bible’s words are true: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26).

Don’t drift aimlessly through another year. Instead, as this New Year begins, turn to Jesus Christ and commit your life to Him. God loves you, and Christ gave His life for you. Why not give Him your life in return? Not only will He help you cast off the bad habits and sins of the past, but He’ll also give you a new desire to live as you should. Open your heart to Christ today.

Complete change starts with Christ.

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13 Comments

  1. Anastasio Stasoulakis says:

    I need Jesus.

  2. NINA says:

    god bless you for this. i need to change more , i give my life to jesus. amen.

  3. Ivette Thayer says:

    Jesus is the only way to live. Amen.

  4. Linda Jackson says:

    I feel the same, I’m giving everything to God again this year and I’m going to follow his lead, there is more heartache coming but God will carry me through it, and brighter days will be here before I know it. Thank you God for loving me and thank you BGEA for giving people hope in Christ.

  5. Lydia says:

    I don’t only make a resolution on new year, but every day. That God search my heart and open the eyes of my heart to serve and honor Him, till he calls me home. Thank you for sharing this.

  6. Daniel Amponsah says:

    I am also skeptical about resolution but I share this change of heart as critical to achieving our resolutions.

  7. James Gardiner says:

    I am so broken! I have failed to keep my sobriety. I know that I cannot do anything without Jesus in my life.. I hurt so much…my anguish is so heavy! I pray the Lord will pick me up and put me back together.

  8. Jennifer Dolan says:

    My husband & I need help to stop drinking so much. We need to get back into Church. Thank you for all your prayers and your help with all of us. 😊🙏❤️

  9. Bongani says:

    I need Jesus in my life.

  10. Bill says:

    Trying to break an addiction but there’s times I fall back into it. I know God loves me, but how can I break this addiction?

    1. BGEA says:

      Bill, here’s some practical guidance on overcoming addiction: http://goingfarther.net/life-issues/addiction/