Resolve to Live by Grace
Christmas 2010 is now behind us and we are looking into the face of a new year, 2011. Will we make a bunch of resolutions again that we won't keep? There is only one way to successfully keep a resolution. In our own power we are week but if we apply the Grace of God, we can overcome. We can do nothing on our own. And the things we accomplish in the flesh never last. Only the Grace of God is everlasting.
It is not by our works of righteousness that we overcome the works of satan in our lives. Jesus went to the cross and became our righteousness.
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus 3:4-7
Abraham, the great man of faith did not acquire righteousness because of his good works. He acquired good works simply by believing in God. He relied on God's grace.
For what does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." Romans 4:3
David understood that he could not rely on his own works to gain righteousness. He blessed God for His merciful forgiveness.
But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin." Romans 4:5-8
Why is it so hard to shake this idea that our works will benefit our salvation in some way? This I encourage you to stand in God's Mercy and don't depend on your own discipline to overcome. God has already promised freedom through Christ.