A follower of Christ struggling with the act of resolution is living an oxymoron - unnecessarily. Surely the Lord knows we need His help in this area and has provided the fullest complement of help we'll ever need to be successful with such goals, yet here we are at the beginning of yet another new year, and many a believer has proposed to roll up their proverbial sleeves and get busy with a declared resolve or "resolution" to do something different "Healthwise "in 2020 without seeking that help. Jesus in the Bible instructs that we should declare a thing and if we do it with unwavering faith, and without doubt, then we will have what we say (Mathew 21:21).
The issue it seems arises when we grow tired and disillusioned with what we say we want and from there begin to rationalize our way out of our self-imposed commitments; finding it easier somehow to stomach the contentment of defeat over the thrill and edification of getting the job done by allowing God-focused resolve to work for us. That's right, God's resolve! A resolution is a formal opinion or intention made, the act of resolving or determining an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc. It is the mental state of being resolved or resolute with a firmness of purpose. As a beginning observation, we can look to the Apostle Paul's lifestyle as an example and instruction for our success with the process of resolution.
He Paul writes in Philemon 1:6 (Amplified Bible): [And I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory]. And in 1 Corinthians 3:9 (Amplified Bible) Paul declares: For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, laborers together) with and for God; you are God's garden and vineyard and field under cultivation, [you are] God's building.
You see, it is the communication of our trust in the Triune God's ability to honor such faith that is the determiner of the level and effectiveness we achieve with a resolution, not our ability to "white knuckle it" or pull upon any vain attempt at "self-willpower." If you are a believer and your ambition has been to declare a New Year's resolution for 2020, especially to lose weight and or be fit, why not do it God's way? The instruction for such I pray is now clear to you.
Well, that's my time for this time; if this subject interests you, please join me next time when I'll share more regarding the awesome benefits of getting and being fit God's way!
Derrick T. Dancer is a Bible-based Fitness Trainer & Sports Nutritionist with more than 20 years experience in the field, as well as a licensed & ordained minister and graduate of Azusa World Ministry Training Institute, and owner of His Cross Training Fitness THE ORIGINAL "CROSS TRAINING PROGRAM." Available for speaking engagements, workshops, and seminars. You can call/text him at (626) 524-5125 or email: GodFit7@yahoo.com.