Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Have you broken any already? 😉
Here’s a great one to work on this year: Facing “it”.
“It” is the one thing we refuse to confront – for whatever reason. “It” might be a bad habit we can’t seem to kick, a dysfunctional relationship we’ve resigned ourselves to live in, the ever-growing credit card debt we will pay off “one of these days”, the pain from the past we wish to forget but can’t, a lukewarm relationship with the Lord, or a health issue we hope will eventually go away.
In his devotional book “Enter His Gates” Dr. Charles Stanley says that failing to confront an issue or situation “causes us to miss out on God’s best for our lives. We fail to develop the godly, positive character desired by God, [and] by hesitating, we delay God’s blessing.”
One of my favorite lines from the Disney classic Toy Story comes when Rex, the dinosaur toy, shakes his short arms and frantically yells, “I don’t like confrontation!” The truth is, most people don’t. And that doesn’t exclude confronting oneself with those harsh realities we’d chosen to ignore.
If we are honest with ourselves, we’ll see the real reason behind our denial or procrastination. Facing our issues won’t be fun! Because dealing with “it” will require discipline, change, hard work, pain, and surrendering one’s will to God’s.
However, we can take heart, for the Lord has promised to empower and guide us so that we can overcome these issues. Romans 8:37 says that, through Jesus, we are more than conquerors!
We must remember that God is on our side and He longs for us to be free from “it”. As Dr. Stanley says, God’s Holy Spirit “gives you a new power for living. You are no longer limited to fighting your problems with your resources.” His Spirit can “reprogram your mind and transform your attitude with His wisdom, dramatically altering your habits, rearranging your priorities, and establishing new standards.” And we’re not alone! We are all in these together and we can count with the support of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Which leads me to another great resolution for 2015: How about joining a small group? This is a wonderful place to receive support, understanding, encouragement, godly advice, accountability and prayer.
I don’t know what “it” might look like for you. But I sure know what “it” looks like for me! Confronted and encouraged by Dr. Stanley’s devotional and God’s promptings, I’ve set out to conquer “it” this year, knowing that in Him who loves me, I can do it!
How about you?