The Four Steps of the Holy Spirit Resolution Solution
Chances are you embraced the new year by making a resolution. It is said that more than 40% of Americans make a New Year’s resolution, but according to a University of Scranton study, only 8% achieve their self-improvement resolutions. I want to encourage you to not be disheartened by these statistics if you made resolutions coming in to 2018 but to rely on the Holy Spirit to help you succeed in it.
With God, nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37). You are a temple of the Holy Spirit, so if you made a resolution to eat healthier or exercise more or quit a bad habit, your motivation is pure (1 Corinthians 6:19). However, whatever your resolution was for this year, consider making a Holy Spirit Resolution Solution placed side by side with your list of New Year’s resolutions. With the empowerment of the Holy Spirit you will accomplish and succeed in His revealed will and resolution for you.
One of the first steps in making a Holy Spirit Resolution Solution is to commit to the Lord. Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” And Psalm 37:5 says, “Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him and He will bring it to pass.” So prayerfully commit everything to the Lord and ask His wonderful Holy Spirit to empower you as He gives you insights to what He wants to accomplish through you this year.
Second, write down His vision for you. In Scripture, when the Lord God gave insight or vision to His peoples, He told them to write it out. He instructed Habbakuk to write the vision as well as the Apostle John (Habbakkuk 2:2, Revelation 1:19). It is exciting to write down the vision God has for you!
Third, ask someone to hold you accountable to God’s leading in this endeavor. Proverbs 27:17 says, “Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” The New Testament reiterates this concept in 1st Thessalonians 5:11, saying, “So comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, just as you are doing.” This shows the importance of being a member of a local church where you make friendships with fellow Christians, growing together in Christ as a community of faith.
Finally, do what the Holy Spirit shows you with confirmation from Scripture. Out of love for Christ, keep His commands as you apply His resolution solution for your life (John 14:15 and 15:14). If you apply these four steps in partnership with the Holy Spirit, I believe that you will be more empowered, having greater success in the Holy Spirit’s resolutions for 2018.
Jared Laskey, MDIV, MACM, is founder and senior pastor of Destiny Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. He lives to see Jesus awaken this generation to the power of the Holy Spirit. You can follow him on twitter @jaredalaskey or purchase his co-authored Veronica’s Hero and check out Fireborn Ministries.
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