Volume 4 No 1
A new year, a new way!
So many of us start off the new year with good intentions and resolutions, most of which will be broken by the time you read this! How is it that so many of our good intentions seem unattainable? I would suggest that perhaps the biggest contributing factor to this is self reliance.
In every Christian, there is an ongoing battle being fought between our physical and spiritual. The Apostle Paul laments in Romans 7:15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
The world teaches dragging yourself up by the bootlaces, pulling yourself together and making life happen. It sounds good on the surface. It almost sounds Christian until we look a little deeper. The problem is it leaves our most powerful resource, Jesus Christ, right out of the picture. When we are struggling to change, or overcome, let’s remember Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (How to Become a Giant of Faith). In fact, it is only when we recognise God’s love and grace and mercy in our lives, that we can hope to pass them on to others (Receive First, Give Second).
Christ taught his disciples to pray, ‘give us this day our daily bread.’ It’s not just about food, but about trusting God on a daily basis to provide for us in every way. And He has provided for us in ways unimaginable! (There’s Oil on Your Property).
So as we face a new year and the challenges it is sure to bring, let’s remember that we don’t have to do it alone. And when we do slip up, let’s forget about our bootlaces, but reach out to him.
1Corinthians 15:57: But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.