Like any start to a new year, the longer you make it in fulfilling resolutions on the calendar, confidence and optimism grows. Those who use hope as a catalyst for change begin to see the fruits of their rededication toward accomplishing goals in life. Signs of progress make successful individuals appear stronger than you think.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! – Psalm 27:14
Unfortunately, most people don’t make it through the first week before breaking one of their vows. Diets are ruined by leftover treats from Christmas and New Years. Exercise programs are put on hold after you pull a muscle, over doing it after your first few work outs. Meanwhile, those attempting to cease bad habits from their past are lulled back, unable to escape addictive behavior. These poor souls seem weaker than the rest, plagued by one bad decision after the other.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words, Romans 8:26.
According to the apostle Paul, there is a solution for those of us who have already failed miserably in fulfilling New Year Resolutions. In your time of need or moment of weakness, pray. As you slow down by crying out to God, ask for the Holy Spirit’s intervention. When you do, the Lord will replace blank ideas with the right course of action. This is where blind faith pays off, trusting in God to guide you through failure so that victory becomes a certainty.
by Jay Mankus