– Proverbs 21:5 GNT
According to studies, 80 percent of New Year Resolutions fail by February. They fail because we make vision boards but do not follow through with action plans. It is a new year, but the same devil is still prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour, manipulate, deceive and destroy. Your enemy uses coordinated attacks against you. How can you defeat an organized foe if you are unorganized?
While the calendar may change, many of the same problems from last year will attempt to define you this year. In order to truly see a difference in your life, you are going to have to be disciplined, transformed and fearless.
“For the Spirit that God has given us does not make us timid; instead, his Spirit fills us with power, love, and self-control.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 GNT
As Christians, it is our responsibility to develop the discipline God has given us - so that when the enemy attacks, we do not give into our fears, worries, doubts or temptations. Create boundaries in your personal, spiritual and emotional lives and do not hesitate to enforce those boundaries. That may mean separating from some of your plans and relationships that feel good but are not good for you. Discipline requires you to sacrifice short-term satisfaction for long-term gains, or as Joyce Meyer put it, “discipline enables you to think first and act second.”
“All of us, then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into his likeness in an ever-greater degree of glory.” - 2 Corinthians 3:18 GNT
It is said that the only constant in life is change. Yes, change is good. Seasons change, styles change (thank goodness), and people change. The only problem with change is that it is often temporary. Seasons change back, styles are recycled, and people will revert back to harmful actions. To flourish in this season of your life, you are going to have to transform. Spiritual transformation is an internal conversion of your thoughts, attitudes and behaviors that reflect the teachings of Christ. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God--what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect (Romans 12:2). God can change you, but transformation is a decision you must make.
The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can man do to me? – Psalm 118:6 NLT
Stop negotiating with negative thoughts, pessimistic people and destructive behaviors over your future. Take the shackles off your potential and trust that God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19). Take a chance and bet on yourself this year, not succumbing to your fears or doubts but leaning into the God given potential that is within you.
I am so happy for the things God is about to do in your life. Your business will thrive, your promotion is imminent, your health is improving, and your joy is returning. Embrace all God has for you by being disciplined, transformed and fearless. The devil is the same, but the blessings will be new.