So you’ve kept every New Year’s resolution perfectly, right?
- lost weight.
- exercised faithfully.
- managed your budget.
- organized your house.
- perfected your planner.
- volunteered regularly.
- faithfully spent time each day in Bible Study and Prayer.
- spent time with friends and family.
Or maybe you didn’t.
Maybe you need a mid-year re-resolution party, a do-over . . . you need a day to begin again.
First of all, we’re not going to go on a guilt trip here.
We’re simply going to re-evaluate our resolutions and re-energize our efforts to accomplish our goals before the end of the year.
So, let’s start by asking the following three questions:
1. What is motivating me to make these changes to accomplish my goals?
2. Why is it important for me to make these changes or achieve these goals?
3. Who am I trying to please by doing this?
Why are these questions important?
Because we don’t keep resolutions other people make for us.
But if you’re ready to make some adjustments because you realize that the Lord wants so much more for you than this continuous cycle of failure and frustration, then it’s time to run to Him, to give Him guilt and shame, and invite Him to give you everything to need to make it happen.
July 1st is the perfect day to begin again.
Let’s pause to take a look at the past six months…
1. Make a list of your successes.
2. Make a list a list of your goals/resolutions.
3. Check your goals against your Personal Mission Statement.
4. Begin again.
And remember… the Spirit is with you to help you.
And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.Romans 8:26–27
Yes, July 1st is the perfect re-resolution day but truthfully we don’t have to wait for the 1st of the year, the 1st day of the month . . . we don’t even have to wait for Monday.
Any day is the perfect day to celebrate God’s forgiveness and make changes for a better future.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;Psalm 103:1–4
with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
A Prayer Asking God for Help to Begin Again
Father, sometimes I feel like I’m my own worst enemy. I try so hard. I set goals and make resolutions only to return to the same old bad habits. I’m so sorry. I know You want so much more for me. I’m guilty of trying to do things on my own rather than opening myself to You and inviting Your Holy Spirit to guide me and help me.
Your promises tell me that You will not reject a repentant heart (Psalm 51:17) and that when I confess my sins You are faithful to cleanse and forgive me (1 John 1:9). You promise that when I follow the guidance of Your Spirit, I won’t do what my “sinful nature craves” (Galatians 5:16). And that by Your divine power, You will give me everything I need to live a godly life (2 Peter 1:1).
I come before You, asking You to remove my guilt, please forgive me, and help me begin again. I ask You to fill me with Your Spirit. Guide me and give me the strength I need to faithfully trust and obey Your will. Please provide all that I need to accomplish the plans and purposes You have prepared for me. I want to fully live the life You want for me. I love You, Lord. I offer myself to You. Please use me for Your glory. Amen.
Friend, today is the perfect day to stop feeling guilty about broken resolutions and unaccomplished goals. It is the day to admit that we’re not perfect, to repent, and give it all to God asking Him to work in us and through us.
Every day is a fresh start . . . it’s the perfect time to begin again.
God bless you today as you begin the second half of the year. May God go with you and help you keep your resolutions and accomplish your goals.
Thank you so much for joining me today.
And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.
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