Keeping Resolutions

Keeping Resolutions: How to Eliminate Failure as an Option2 min read

The New Year is a year of new beginnings for a lot of people. We make resolutions to overcome bad habits with new habits. We set new goals to reach new heights in various aspects of life.

Most of us will fail at keeping our resolutions and achieving our goals.

We don’t fail because we lack desire. We fail because we lack the power to fulfill our desire.

If you believe in the Creator God, believe in the Re-Creator God. In Christ, we are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). In Christ we receive the power to overcome our weaknesses and fulfill our desire (2 Corinthians 12:9; John 15:7).

A Powerless God?

Some paint a picture of a powerless God. They mock belief in a Creator who spoke our world and life into existence in 6 days.

They say that believing in the power of God is for people who are weak. What they don’t know is that God’s power is only available to the weak.

The Secret to Avoiding Failure

Over 20 years ago I stood on the verge of failure. My marriage was failing. I was burned out on work. I turned to God.

But God wouldn’t rescue me.

Not yet.

God won’t save you as long as you believe you can save yourself.

First, I needed to own my weakness.

The secret to avoiding failure, is to admit you are powerless.

The Apostle Paul encourages us to rejoice in our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9). By doing this, we open the door to receive God’s power.

God doesn’t do what we can do ourselves. Where our strength ends, God’s begins.

Failure is no longer an option.

As you’re pursuing your resolutions and goals for the new year, identify your weaknesses and where your need for God’s power begins. Be bold enough to ask for help where you need it.

Jon Beaty

I'm a counselor, writer and believer in the power of God to help you thrive in your marriage and family. I live with my family, a small herd of Boer goats, and thousands of honeybees near Portland, Oregon.

  • Aled says:

    Thanks for this timely piece of advice Jon.

    This idea of owning our own weaknesses thus allowing God’s power to help us is one that I’m striving to implement at the start of the year.

    I need God’s power to help me overcome my depression and anxiety. Everything else I’ve tried has failed. But, I’m confident that God can help me this year as long as I turn to him completely.

    • Jon Beaty says:

      Aled,

      Thanks for commenting. Depression and anxiety can hit anyone. But it can be overcome. My prayer for you is that the power of Christ will rest on you and that you’ll thrive in 2016.

  • Jon says:

    Jon,

    I love hearing little snapshots of your story in these posts. As our family is facing new challenges this year, it’s incredibly helpful to me to be reminded that other families have also overcome huge difficulties. Our family has been doing a lot of admitting this year. We’ve begun to share our story, and ask others for prayer. It’s been absolutely amazing the new doors that God has opened over the past few weeks. I’m sure that we still have a long road ahead, but it truly has been awesome to see the power of prayer at work.

    I would second your statement, “Be bold enough to ask for help where you need it.” The prayers and encouraging words of others, really have kept our family going.

    • Jon Beaty says:

      Asking for help is perhaps the hardest thing for us men to do. Thanks for commenting, Jed! You and Jen continue to be in my prayers.

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