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Written By Eddie Vines

Eddie Vines is a former Jefferson county Judge and currently serves as President of Faith Fortress Ministries

Every January 1st countless “New Year’s Resolutions” are made across the land and within months or weeks or occasionally even days, we find ourselves falling back into old negative patterns of behavior and the commitments to change for the better begin to fall by the wayside. This is the reason why it is so hard to find a parking space at the Y on January 10th but you can usually find a choice spot a month later.

This phenomenon occurs because human nature is often stronger than human will power. Unfortunately, many people take the same attitude toward the Christian life. Quite often people will commit to grit their teeth and be a “better” Christian even if it kills them. Unfortunately, much like the diet and exercise type resolutions mentioned above, the religion commitments don’t tend to have much sticking power. As one commentator stated, “Whenever a person attempts to turn over a new leaf, he often finds that it is dirty on the other side as well”.

The only change that is meaningful and lasting is the one effected in a person’s life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can transform a person down to his core. When we rely on this divine power rather than our own strength, amazing things begin to happen. We begin to act differently because we are, in fact, different. Scripture tells us:

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

This year let us ask God to shape and mold us into what he would have us to be so that we will bring glory and honor to him rather than attempting to improve ourselves through our own feeble efforts.