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But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me”

2 Corinthians 12:9

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My Christmas guests have left. My husband and our sons are celebrating the New Year with a camping trip in the dessert. I am home, undressing the tree and packaging our nativity set away for the next 11 months. These are my first quiet moments in weeks, with only the familiar sound of tissue paper crinkling as the soundtrack to my thoughts. During the hustle and bustle of guests and going, little space remained for this sort of pondering. But today, here in the quiet, I have 2019 on my mind.

Resolution.

I was thinking of sitting down and writing down a few resolutions today. However, I’m afraid that resolution is too small a word for all that’s on my heart. It lacks power, because resolutions are rooted in my resolve to do better. And I often fail at better. No matter how hard I try to read the Bible more consistently and drink more water and say no to sweets and limit the amount of time I spend on Facebook and increase the amount of time I spend on the treadmill… I rarely make it past January 10th transformed. Though I am desperate to be transformed. No, I don’t need another New Year’s resolution that will leave me unchanged. What I need is a revolution. That’s the word.

Revolution.

It came to me clearly as the Christmas bell I was carefully wrapping and laying in a box. I don’t need another resolution… and I don’t need more resolve. What I need is more of Jesus. Not a resolution that I make, but a revolution that He makes… in me. Christ in me, revolting against me in this world. His power revolutionizing my weakness. His transforming purpose prevailing over all my plans in the new year. What I need in 2019 is a total Jesus-revolution, way down deep in my fibers. Down in my habits too; my eating and my drinking and my shopping and the time I spend on social media. I need Jesus’ strength revolting against all of the areas of my life where I’ve been too weak for far too long!

My weakness stops me from turning resolutions into a reformed life. But the revolution power of Christ reforms and transforms me day-by-day-by-day, for 365 days as I learn to seek Him first.

I’m reminded of 2 Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”. That’s what I’m doing at the start of 2019, and I’m inviting you to do the same. Boast in the One who has the power to completely revolutionize your life this year.

Do you struggle with sugar addiction and food fixation? Resolving again to eat more veggies and less cookies won’t do it! We need a Jesus-revolution in our lives to transform our eating (and drinking too). We need more whole foods, yes. But what we really need is to ingest more of Him and His Word. We need to turn to Him more than we turn into the Starbucks drive-through. We need to run to Jesus, more than we run into our pantries. We need Jesus to crowd out all of the habits and all of our addictions that we’ve resolved to stop for years and years.

Here at the start of 2019, let’s revolt against all of the things we’ve been running to for comfort, when we could have been (should have been) running to the Comforter. Let’s revolt against our tendency to self-medicate with online shopping and run instead to the Great Physician. Do you see what I’m saying? We can make resolutions to stop spending and stop eating and start working out, but we’re simply too weak and lack the resolve to make it work. We don’t need another resolution, we need a revolution of Christ’s power in us as we begin a new year, eagerly anticipating radical transformation!

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, More of You is what I need… more of You and less of me muscling through this life of faith another year. I am weak, but You are strong. That’s why I don’t need more resolve this new year, I simply need more of You.

In Jesus’s revolutionizing Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What do you struggle with most? Do you struggle with sugar addiction? Year after year, do you make the same old resolutions to get to the gym and eat healthier? Or maybe you’re addicted to your phone, always scrolling through social media. Or maybe it’s shopping, retail therapy. Are you tired of the conviction and ready for transformation? A Jesus-revolution is just what you need this year!

More from the Girlfriends

If you struggle with addiction, whether with sugar, shopping, or social media, join Wendy Speake for her fifth annual 40 Day Sugar Fast, starting January 8th. You’ll start by giving God your sugar for forty days, but soon you’ll discover it’s about so much more. God never asked us for a sugar-sacrifice, He wants a living sacrifice. As we lay down all the temporary things that we think we need, He shows us that what we need is Him! Every year thousands of women sign up for forty days of fasting from sugar and feasting together on Christ and His satisfying word. Waistlines decrease as faith lives increase! It’s an incredible time of physical and spiritual transformation, and it all begins January 8th. Sign up today.

9 Responses to “More Than a New Year’s Resolution”

  1. Christine says:

    Oh how I love this! I quit sugar completely and my “RE” word is RESTORED. God has healed me physically, emotionally, but most of all spiritually as I run to Him to provide all my needs. My life has turned completely all thanks to His goodness and provisions – showing me the way to better health to better serve Him.

    I’m glad to have stumbled on your blog today (even if it was through random FB scrolling 🙂 ). God Bless! Christine

  2. Kathye says:

    This is just what I needed thank you!!
    I kept focusing on what I am going to do and I know I will fail but yes Jesus can do it through me. I am looking into your sugar fast 😋

  3. Michelle says:

    Ahhh I am so thankful that I found you on the big world wide web. This is so encouraging for me to start my 2019 (today). I need a fresh start this year and I can do that by praying this prayer and trusting in Jesus to do the work in me. I am ready to take it slow and wait on Him to start a new thing in me this year. I need it so badly after the year I had last year. I am ready. Thank you Wendy for your wisdom, love for Jesus and love for sugar (so I can have the support I need to put it in its proper place in my life)!! 🙂

  4. Deanna says:

    Thank you for this encouragement as we begin the new year. More of Jesus!

  5. Linda says:

    I need this.

  6. Susan says:

    Wendy, you are right – we need a Jesus revolution! I like to put it this way, until all the information we have becomes revelation then it’s just information. Information is not life-changing but revelation is. THAT is what I pray for.

  7. Alicia says:

    This word was right on time as I am also geting the 1st quite moment in weeks. Feeling like Ive betrayed GOD. Keeping grands and ministering to family. I felt like I was entering 2019 exhausted until reading your devo today. This is why womens fellowship is so needes as we are faced with same challenges. I will be joining the sugar fast in an attempt to draw nearer to GOD the Most High in 2019. Thanks Wendy🙏

  8. Jenn says:

    EVERY. SINGLE. WORD. !!!
    Thank you, Lord, for helping me find this site just when I needed it most!! I also need less resolutions and more of a REVOLUTION!
    I’m so excited for this journey! Godspeed ladies and contact me anytime for support. I know I’ll be calling on you all… it takes a tribe! I’m excited to be a part of this one.

  9. Brenda says:

    I am so glad that this was shared with me this morning, as I sat beside my bed to start my daily meditation,this most soul felt message added more insight to change resolution to revolution.This is what I truly need. Today I will take pointers from this to add to my life and share with others… Thanks and have a Great year!❤
    What an eye opener!

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