It is officially 2018! It is hard to believe that we’re in yet another new year. I am always so grateful to begin a new year because I’m sure we all feel that with a new year comes new beginnings. How many of you can admit that you are one of those women who creates vision boards, New Year’s resolutions, and goals for the new year?...Be honest. In scripture it directs us to write a vision and to make it plain (Habakkuk 2:2), so I am an advocate for having visions, writing down your goals, and painting a picture of the life you envision for yourself.
Have you ever noticed or asked yourself why it can be so challenging to keep those resolutions, or to stick to the plan of your vision board? One reason in my opinion which I am also guilty of is that they weren’t realistic, or you had no clear plan for reaching them. Many New Year’s resolutions are a wish list or a series of things we’d like to change about our lives, but with no action plan or prayer strategy to achieve these goals.
Another reason why we might fail to keep our resolutions is because we seek to reach them in our own strength instead of with God’s help. You must understand that you will never be all that God has called you to be-which is the best and divine version of yourself in His image-unless you turn to Him for the help that you will need. Psalm 121:2 says, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” If your New Year’s resolution is to lose 80 pounds, but you have a stronghold of overeating, then how can you reach this goal without submitting to God and asking Him for his help? Remember, that our fight in this godly walk is against evil authorities and rulers of an unseen world, against mighty powers in this world, and evil spirits in heavenly places. How are you going to fight this battle without the full armor of God?
I can say from experience that the devil HATES when you write down your vision to better your life and to uplift God’s kingdom. He will try everything in his power to deter you from achieving your goal. Later in Ephesians 6 it directs us to “pray in the spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers….” So, ladies as we begin this new year I would challenge each of you to pause right now and ask God to show you what He wants to do in your life during 2018. If you have a desire to lose those 80 pounds, then I urge you to ask God to cover you with his full armor. Resolve to grow closer to Christ every day and watch and see how your resolutions will come to pass and how much fruit you will bear.