No New Year’s Resolution

Dear Friends,
Happy and Blessed New Year! Some years ago, my friend Melissa asked me to begin the new year with a 3 day fast. That precious time of prayer and fast brought me so much closer to the Lord that it has become an annual staple for the beginning of each new year. What I have found is that I cannot make good on any new year resolution. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41 No matter how strong my intentions are, I fall short of following through on my word. Isn’t it wonderful that God always keeps His Word! So I have changed my approach. I trust in God’s Word and not my own.

Only God can bring my new year resolution to pass by His Word and not mine. I simply have to want it. This year the Holy Spirit visited me on January 1 as I began my 3 day fast with a very clear Word: Full Surrender. He wants me to fully surrender everything to Him and hold on to nothing for myself. The Holy Spirit fell on my filling me with a complete peace enabling me to let go of everything. He did it and not me! Secondly, He reminded me He has given me His authority, but not control. The only thing I have control over is myself. Thirdly, he will bless me with congruency so that my feelings, thoughts, emotions and behavior all line up with His will as I honestly express them. Fourth, I asked for His joy. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. So then, any of you who does not forsake (renounce, surrender claim to, give up, say good-bye to) all that he has cannot be my disciple. Nehemiah 8:10; Luke 14:33

What New Year’s Resolution did you make? Might it be something only He can make good on for you by His Word?

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