Resolutions need an ultimate solution!
Happy New Year! "For old acquaintance be forgot"....... What? Maybe some, but not all? lol
Have you started your gym membership yet? Gone on that much procrastinated diet? Started to eliminate negativity? Looked for a new job? Starting to pursue those long dreamed of goals? etc., etc., etc.!!!
I hear you and hear ye; here too! In other words; been there and done that!
Some are skeptics of New Years Resolutions. Like why wait until January 1 or a whole new year? Why put off tomorrow what can be done today?
But I look at it like this. It's a chance to start over. A refresh if you will. And yes, tomorrow is hopeful but today is the present. A guaranteed moment (for the most part). A gift from God. If New Years Day is the day to set those goals, get in shape, change your perspective? Feel like there is hope to start winning when you feel like you are always losing? I say Hey, go for it! Set a resolution. What do you have to lose? Remember why the rear view mirror is small with limited view and front windshield has full view ahead!
Just a gentle reminder that presenting and maybe even achieving these resolutions may not be the solutions to your long term success and happiness in life. Don't get me wrong, if you set a goal to lose 100 pounds and achieve that, yes, that is a good thing and I believe you will be happy. In the short term at least. But it's important to understand how you got there in the first place and that your mind is a strong component of change. You need to allow it good health, feeding it with good stuff from what you think, see, watch and feel. That's what I have learned in order to maintain long term "sustainable" results. I've needed to do that with anxiety and, in addition, Jesus has become my biggest source of strength and clarity.
My resolution, or in my world, prayer, has been the same for a decade now. Go deeper with Christ. Strengthen my relationship with him. Learn more about him. Get more into his word. Follow his practices better. Continue my Jesus Lovin' Heart in his direction. Eat, Sleep and Be with Jesus!
But that prayer and annual practice sheds a spiritual pheromone that goes directly to the enemy and gives him more incentive to attack in a meaner and harder way.
2018 was bittersweet. As many years have been. But as we are not promised a perfect life, we are promised just that; his promises of hope, strength, joy, faith, an abundant life in love! Earth nor the universe can fulfill those promises. And amidst trials (that I will note in future blogs), Jesus has proven to be good to me. I preach it because I am a testimony to it!
That's the sweet part. Year after year, the deeper I go, the seasons seem more bearable. Because when I focus on Christ, his shield of protection immediately goes up and WOW does it work!
Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth fastened around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Now for the bitter part! The enemies attacks have become harder to fight off. Ones where I have felt entangled and bound to the point of it becoming mentally debilitating.
In the middle of waiting for God to "resolve' my problems and fulfill his promises, I have moments where I feel exhausted and useless. And in that negative zone, Satan sees a wide opening and continues to throw the arrows of lies more precisely my way.
"I can't", I tell myself! Over and over and over again! And let us be real of what those arrows represent........LIES!
I can't write a book
I can't write a blog
I can't speak to others in a Christian forum
I can't stay positive
I can't sing on a worship stage
I can't fly in a plane
I can't stay healthy
I can't bare my parents illnesses and aging
I can't have a better marriage
I can't be a good parent to my daughters
I can't direct my family towards Jesus
I can't be financially secure
I can't be successful
I can't erase this feeling of being beaten down!
I can honestly tell you that there have been moments where saying "His Grace is Sufficient" has been the only thing saving me from deep despair. That and telling Satan, he is to go away and leave me and my family alone. In the name of Jesus Christ, of course. BTW, Satan has to go away and he DOES go away. Truth!
My dear friend Suzanne just texted me this:
"The adversary will not ever be allowed to devour us because we will continue to put on Gods armor! So Satan, take this (insert kick) !!!!! In Jesus' name!
And in this current moment, I am back in the middle of God's work in me with unfailing faith! Trusting and staying hopeful that these "CAN'Ts will become CAN'S" within Gods economy (and by eliminating the enemy's stronghold)!
Within God's will he will see me through this new challenging season. If and only if I stay focused on him! I am reminding myself that tomorrow is a new day and with that, new Hope in Jesus Christ. For not only is Christ to be a part of the resolution, he needs to be the ultimate solution!
And with that, Auld Lang Syne!