What’s holding you back?
As we continue on into the New Year, we may find we are falling short of our goals and things we want to accomplish.
Regardless of what we are trying to accomplish, whether a goal in our weight, finances, business or personal growth, one of the main things behind any decision to grow and the will to stay on the path of improvement is our thinking.
The initial decision to change is a split second thought, however to continue on and not quit requires continual motivation and positive mindset while essentially visualizing the end goal to give you a reason to continue.
I have found in my experiences, in addition to thinking, there is another important element; surrender to God’s will and Spirit.
Shortly after becoming a Christian, I discovered an interesting difference in my following God’s word and Spirit and my following my flesh and my will. To put it in simple terms, I noticed things would go right when I followed Him and go wrong when I didn’t. This is not to say I was being punished by God per se, but rather that He was blessing me for following His Word which is exactly what He promises in:
John 15:4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit [aof itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.
If you are like many other people and business owners in 2014, you may have missed your goals or fallen short of the results you were trying to achieve. As I stated earlier some of it is our thinking but if you feel like there are barriers or road blocks you just cant get past, take a look at your spiritual life.
For me, as I grew as a Christian there were always areas I was improving in and parts of my old self I was leaving behind; however, there were also areas of sin either undiscovered (as I wasn’t yet aware of what all truly was sin) or un-repented of (areas I was willingly holding on too).
As each year goes by my heart and spirit longs for Him more and more and it is my constant prayer that He forgives me for my sin, cleanses me with His perfect and sinless blood and consumes ANY and EVERY thing in my heart, mind and soul that is NOT of Him with His Holy Fire.
I want to follow Him and honor Him in all that I do and being as we are human and flesh it is not always easy. We all have our vices or demons (Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-9) that we may struggle with whether anger, an addiction, depression etc., but if we ask in His Name and pray (and fast) continually for Him to help us surrender 100% to Him and His will, the breakthrough WILL happen.
Set a goal for 2015. Take a good honest look at your life and any areas where you may be doing what you know isn’t right (language, what you listen too, watch, internet, drugs/alcohol use etc. I am not here to tell you what is wrong or right or what to do. I am only here to inspire you, if seeking His will, to determine what exactly that is based on His word and the Holy Spirits conviction on your heart.
If you “aren’t there” or don’t know Christ as Savior, I encourage you to accept Him, ask for forgiveness for any sin or anything you’ve done wrong, turn from it and the life “living for yourself” and turn to Him and follow Him and His will for your life
The first verse on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” We have all sinned. We have all done things that are displeasing to God. There is no one who is innocent. Romans 3:10-18 gives a detailed picture of what sin looks like in our lives. The second Scripture on the Romans Road to salvation, Romans 6:23, teaches us about the consequences of sin – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The punishment that we have earned for our sins is death. Not just physical death, but eternal death!
The third verse on the Romans Road to salvation picks up where Romans 6:23 left off, “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus Christ died for us! Jesus’ death paid for the price of our sins. Jesus’ resurrection proves that God accepted Jesus’ death as the payment for our sins.
The fourth stop on the Romans Road to salvation is Romans 10:9, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, all we have to do is believe in Him, trusting His death as the payment for our sins – and we will be saved! Romans 10:13 says it again, “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sins and rescue us from eternal death. Salvation, the forgiveness of sins, is available to anyone who will trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
The final aspect of the Romans Road to salvation is the results of salvation. Romans 5:1 has this wonderful message, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Through Jesus Christ we can have a relationship of peace with God. Romans 8:1 teaches us, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Because of Jesus’ death on our behalf, we will never be condemned for our sins. Finally, we have this precious promise of God from Romans 8:38-39, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Would you like to follow the Romans Road to salvation? If so, here is a simple prayer you can pray to God. Saying this prayer is a way to declare to God that you are relying on Jesus Christ for your salvation. The words themselves will not save you. Only faith in Jesus Christ can provide salvation! “God, I know that I have sinned against you and am deserving of punishment. But Jesus Christ took the punishment that I deserve so that through faith in Him I could be forgiven. With your help, I place my trust in You for salvation. Thank You for Your wonderful grace and forgiveness – the gift of eternal life! Amen!
I hope this can help someone in some way and if it did please share it with someone else who it may help as well.
Be Blessed, and Love, always.