How many times do we find ourselves making the same mistakes over and over again? We really want victory over certain things in our lives but somehow victory seems so distant. We want to make changes in the way we do things—in the way we respond to situations—in the way we deal with others— in the way we serve the Lord—yet, change is hard to accomplish. What is it about us that keeps us from doing what we should? Paul said quite simply that when we would do good, evil is always present (Romans 7).
It is a daily struggle to do the things that we know we ought. Sin is always creeping at the door—we sin daily five ways—by word, thought, deed, motive and attitude. But that is no reason to give up striving to do what God has mandated. Our attitude for this year should be that although we struggle to do what’s right - the true test will lie in our attitude—how we handle our struggles. What do we look like in the face of our shortcomings? In our women’s ministry last month we came up with a new mantra—I really want to do it, Lord. Although I don’t seem to always get it right—although I often fail the tests that lie before me on a daily basis—I really want to do it, Lord. I want my attitude to reflect the gratitude I feel toward You, Lord—even when I mess up. We must purpose to tackle our shortcomings one at a time. However, we must first be honest about what they are. Then we must believe that God has already given us the power to overcome them. Our attitude must be one of victory—even if we can’t see it yet. We must call things that aren’t as though they already were. This means we must believe that we can change with God’s help even when we fall short.
I really want to do it, Lord. I really want to spend more time in your Word, more time fellowshipping with You. I really want to show unconditional love toward others—even when they talk about me, even when they mistreat me. I really want to share the Good News of the Gospel even if I think that others won’t listen. I really want to put You first and spend more time with you than I do seeking financial security, companionship, or worldly pleasures. I really want to do it, Lord, and even when I fail to do these things, I still believe that you are able to do them through me so I must yield my will and come under yours. Lord, help me to show in my attitude the gratitude and faith I have in You to do exceedingly and abundantly in my life above anything I ask or think— for You, Lord, have the power to do through me what I surely can’t do on my own. Give me the strength and the wisdom to really do it this time, Lord!