Why Is It So Hard To Keep Resolutions? Billy Graham Answers.

By   •   December 21, 2015   •   Topics: , ,

Q: Last year, I made a bunch of New Year’s resolutions, and to be honest, I haven’t kept a one of them. Why wasn’t I able to I keep them? Maybe this year I should just forget about making any resolutions.

A: Perhaps the “resolutions” on your list weren’t really resolutions at all, but merely a list of your wishes—things you would have liked to happen in your life, but you had no realistic plan to achieve them.

But there’s another reason why our resolutions often fail: We simply don’t have the inner strength to carry them out. Temptations come, and we give into them; discipline is required, but we’d rather do what’s easiest. What’s right is clear to us, but we give into the pressure of the crowd. Even the Apostle Paul experienced this inner moral and spiritual weakness: “I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out” (Romans 7:18).

This is one reason why we need Christ. When we put our lives into His hands, He comes to live within us by His Holy Spirit and begins to change us from within. He gives us a new desire to do what’s right, and a new power to carry it out. The Bible’s words are true: “The Spirit helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26).

Don’t drift aimlessly through another year. Instead, as this New Year begins, turn to Jesus Christ and commit your life to Him. God loves you, and Christ gave His life for you. Why not give Him your life in return? Not only will He help you cast off the bad habits and sins of the past, but He’ll also give you a new desire to live as you should. Open your heart to Christ today.

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  1. Petel Vaka says:

    I need continuous faith in my life

  2. a.jude peter says:

    I’m unable to pray because of my family and job problem. I’m becoming addicted to alcohol and smoking. i feel lonely. getting scared

  3. evang Daughter Augustine says:

    it is true, for any resolution made outside Christ cannot be achieve, thank you sir, but what about storms of life that refuses to stop no matter how righteous, how much faith and how many times you fast and pray. what could be responsible.

  4. Mary says:

    Great encouragement. Yes God will help us if we surrender to Him

  5. Wangechi Chege says:

    I feel encouraged every time I listen to Billy Graham preach the gospel of Christ. Thanks for words of encouragement

  6. Robert says:

    Thank you for helping me feel that there still may be hope for me and others.

  7. Jackie Drury says:

    So true.

  8. Darlene says:

    Him ham me the strength to let go and let God
    Change me the way he wants me to be.
    Happy New Year’s

  9. MAINA paul says:

    God bless you and the whole BGEA team for the insight, happy New year Carolina’s Favorite Son, God bless you and the whole BGEA, you actually are the world’s favorite apostle, Regards to Franklin and Will. Bob and Carol and you.