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Do you have your clean, fresh page of New Year’s Resolutions prepared? Or have you given up on even attempting to resolve to do better in 2019?

Self-improvement, or at least the desire for it, is a shared American hobby. Forbes Magazine estimates that over 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, (for comparison, about 30 percent of Americans watch the Super Bowl).

But, for all these good intentions, only a tiny fraction of us KEEP our resolutions. The University of Scranton research suggests that just 8% of people achieve and sustain their New Year’s goals!

What is this all about?

The Bible tells us that, as people who have “fallen short of God’s glorious ideal” through sin, we are actually incapable of achieving God’s divine plan for our lives in our own strength.

Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5 that the power to change is found in God and not only in our own strength. Our answer to the transformation question is found in Christ…

v. 17 “Anyone who is joined to Christ becomes a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.”

How?

v. 18 “All this is done by God, who, through Christ, changes us from His enemies into His friends…”

So, as we step out into 2019, deeply aware of what we should and could be becoming this year, may I echo Paul’s appeal…

v. 20 “Here we are, then, speaking for Christ, as though God Himself was making His appeal through us… We plead on Christ’s behalf: let God change you from enemies into His friends!”

May you be, in Christ, “Blessed to Be a Blessing.”

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