Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 31, 2020

Be Resolute

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand”. Ephesians 6:10-13

Ah, that time has come once again. A look back in assessment and a gaze forward with pivots and plans for the 12 months ahead. New Year’s resolutions. There are various approaches to this undertaking, from outlining life areas and delineating specific achievements with associated dates, to simply contemplating “more of/less of” actions and attitudes—and everything in between.

For me, like all of you, this past year was filled with the cultural, political, and economic challenges that hit home amid our nation’s response to COVID-19. But I also experienced several huge life changes in 2020, some of which include one son’s marriage, the other son withdrawing from college and moving out on his own, physical struggles, new job for hubby taking us 800 miles away from both kids, selling a house, moving where we know no one…are you getting the emotional picture? Suffice it to say, this year has resulted in “COVID-10” to my body…10 added pounds, that is. And I am determined to lose them—it’s one of my top New Year’s resolutions.

What about you? Is fitness on your resolution list? Reconnecting with friends? Serving more? Or are you, like many others, merely committed to making 2021 better than 2020 (as much as it depends on you)?

Whatever our focus in the year ahead, determination is the key to accomplishment.

Did you know, sisters, that as followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to live a life of determination—not just when heading into a new year? I love the word “resolute” (although it’s not used much anymore). It’s defined as: marked by firm determination; bold; steady. And this is a beautiful and powerful way to describe our Christian walk. In fact, the Bible is steeped with exhortations to stand firm in our faith and be bold. Here are just a few:

  • It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Gal 5:1
  • And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. 2 Cor 3:11-12
  • Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Cor 16:13
  • You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8
  • You will be hated by everyone because of Me (Jesus), but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 10:22

So, sisters, whatever our 2021 resolutions may be—or even if you’re not making any—let’s all commit to be resolute in our faith this year. Let’s be steadily determined, because sin can so easily distract and ensnare us. Let’s stand firm, because the enemy is doing some serious prowling and devouring. And let’s be bold, because our culture is on the attack to silence us.

“Jesus, help me be resolute today and every day, as I stand unashamed of you.”

For His Glory

Julianne Winkler Smith
TRBC Women’s Life



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