Enduring Resolve: A Message in Faithful Self-Control
The first month of the year has come to a close and you might be starting to slip on those New Year’s Resolutions. Like my own, your commitments to exercise and healthy eating and to spiritual growth may seem too ambitious now. You and I may be tempted to just let it go. But giving up is not what we have learned from Christ. As I have mentioned in past posts, Christ has given us the power to leave behind our old, self-destructive habits and to claim growth and victory (Eph. 4:17-24).
If you will trust in Him, He will give you the spiritual strength that you need to persevere in your commitment to a better quality of life, spiritually and physically. If you keep seeking Him, you won’t lose sight of the hope that you have in Him. In the Gospels, Jesus exhorts His followers to do just this.
“‘Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.’” (Matthew 7:7-11)
Christ wants you to ask Him for support in your endeavors, and He wants to support you because He desires the best for you. This seems great, until human nature gets in the way, which it inevitably does. We humans know a thing or two about stubbornness and pride—sometimes we simply refuse to ask for help! We tend to be very attached to maintaining our reputation of self-sufficiency, and this attitude of independence backfires more often then it succeeds. It is the same with God. Our relationships with Him are ones of absolute dependence, and when we try to do life independently, spiritual success becomes much more difficult to achieve.
So, ask for help! God will always be faithful in responding to your individual needs by motivating and renewing your resolve. And you must be faithful in using what He has supplied. He will give you spiritual self-control, and you must receive it and walk it out in faith (Phil. 2:12).
Affirmation for today: God supplies all the self-control I need when I ask for it, receive it, and practice it. (Driving Reflections—Weight-Loss & Self-Care)