Resolution Solution

Can I just say how DONE I am with the whole resolution solution to a brand new me!?

I’ve just this year fallen off the bandwagon of belief that I can “resolve” my way to a new and improved self through insane measures and pressures of self-willed power.

Perhaps you too have File 13nd the notion as well?

The revolving door of January do overs is just plain tiring.

For those who still celebrate the resolution solution, I am for you, not against you. My sincere hope is that you nail it! Statistics are heavy against the success rate, but you go girl! I admire your zest!

I myself am tired.

Now I’m not saying that I’m looking to just throw caution to the wind, que sera my weight to an all-time high and forsake growth in my personal and spiritual disciplines.

No. That is not me at ALL!

I am embracing change! Here’s how:

1st: I’m looking to the Lord instead of myself.

“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13

What would God like to refine in me? Maybe if I start to look to Jesus as my example and the Word as the authority, priorities would reconfigure. Addressing one area on His terms could have an amazing trickle-down effect! What could happen if I pray for Him to search my heart and find the waywardness that is within me? Something life changing!

2nd: I want to embrace that there is a better way that is not simply fueled by selfish ambition or vain conceit.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

The issues that plague and discourage me would be addressed from His vantage point of power instead of my desire for control or public approval.

For example, if He convicts me that I’m always running to food instead of Him in trust and prayer during difficult times, my response might be to acknowledge this revelation, repent of it and turn to Him for forgiveness and strength. In that scenario, not only am I dealing with the root issue of overeating but I’m finding victory through Christ by tackling the dysfunction of worry.

Root issues, Friends! It’s where victory through Jesus meets the long term and resolve is truly experienced.

3rd: I’m going to rejoice in my justification through Jesus and yield to the truth of that. Entrusting my sanctification to Him instead of ramrodding it ‘my way’.

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

I was reading the book, Spiritual Depression – Its Causes and Cure, by Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones a couple years ago. In the book he talked about how many Christians get Justification through Christ secondary to the process of Sanctification and how it leads us up a discouraging incline of works based salvation and striving for approval from God.  If we try to manufacture our own spiritual fruit and try to beat sin on our own terms…

  1. will. fail.

John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Now what if I challenged us to do what is definitely of first importance and that is to look to the cross of Jesus Christ, dying for you and me while yet we were still sinners?

If we looked at our choice to choose sin through the lens of Calvary and Jesus’ suffering, sin’s attraction would diminish. We would grow in our adoration instead of such a Savior and the high cost He paid for our rebellion towards Him.

Friend, May I ask what is motivating you today?

“Why is this change of utmost importance this year?”

“Who are you really doing it for?”

“What do you sincerely hope to gain from this change of lifestyle, etc.?”

We should both pause and ask God what He thinks of our plans.

“Man plans his way but the Lord directs his path.” Proverbs 16:9

I don’t know exactly what the coming year has in store. Only the Lord knows that answer. I do know that whatever I do I want to work at it with all my heart as working for the Lord, not for people. {Colossians 3:23}

The scriptures go on to remind me that whether I eat or drink or whatever I do I should do it all for the glory of God. {1 Cor. 10:31}

Surrendering to His work in my heart is what is mattering most to me as I enter 2018.

Admittedly my huge habit of control needs to be left specifically at the cross of my Lord.

As I lay that burden down I take up truth from Matthew 11:28-30:

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”…

Father, Thank you for providing the help we so desperately need this coming year through a reconciled relationship with You made possible through Jesus Christ your Only Son. Speak to each heart today concerning the scriptures we’ve all just read. We know that Your Word goes out into the world and accomplishes everything You appoint for it to accomplish. For the Glory of Jesus Name, Amen.

Cindy Nyberg

Cindy comes into Titus II Woman Ministry with a gift of writing and speaking. Her passion to share the goodness of Jesus Christ spills from the page and into your heart. Cindy is known to light up the room with the joy of Jesus and contagious laughter! Admittedly she says her one and only hobby is enjoying great conversation with friends over a good cup of coffee. She volunteers her time with multiple ministries within her home church. She is the wife to Tracy and mom to four amazing kids. Together, Cindy and her family make their home in Nebraska. Visit her blog at http://www.coffeeandcredo.com     
“Only one life ‘twill soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last”-Charles Studd.

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