Almost half of everyone that makes New Year’s resolutions never succeed. They end up making the same resolutions again and again, year after year. But we can break that pattern of failure when our resolutions are in line with what the Holy Spirit empowers us to be as believers.
When it comes to such resolutions, one of the best examples we have is Jonathan Edwards. Prior to his role in the First Great Awakening, a spiritual revival affecting both America and Europe, as a teenager, Edwards compiled a list of seventy resolutions derived from the Bible that he determined to live by.
His twentieth resolution reads, “Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.” This parallels what is one of the most common resolutions every year—diet, exercise, and weight loss. In this message, Pastor Logan explains that, though you may have never understood it as such, this is a spiritual resolution and one God will enable you to keep. It’s called temperance.