10 Lies that Make Us Give Up on New Year’s Resolutions

ID-100123909Do you ever feel like you’re so locked into your old way of doing things that you’ll never change?

When that happens we usually start running those old tapes in our minds: This is too hard. I’ll never change. Why do I bother?

That’s when we usually give up on our New Year’s resolutions.

Here are some Bible verses you can use to fight ten of the most common things we tell ourselves when we’re trying to change.

10 Lies – 10 Truths

1. I will never get over this.

For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

2. I am such a loser.

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:9

3. Why do I bother?

Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:12

4. Look at me. I’m such a miserable excuse of a Christian.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

5. God will never forgive me.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

6. I’m going to be miserable for the rest of my life.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13

7. It’s too hard to keep renewing my mind.

 I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11b-13

8. I can’t stand working on this. I’m miserable.

All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness. Hebrews 12:11

9. I think I’ll just give up and go have a bowl of ice cream instead.

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2

10. That will make me happy.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:16, 17

Question: What do you do to get yourself to follow through on your New Year’s resolution or to focus on your word for the year if you’re going that route? What do you say that makes you want to give up?

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6 Responses to 10 Lies that Make Us Give Up on New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Oh Barb, except for the ice cream (the wind chill here is -22 right now) and I ‘d rather “avoid” those 8 things by taking a long winters nap! These 8 questions- you wrote! have been rolling around in my head for way too long! Were you listening to me?? Wow! As they stare back at me, I realize – there it is! Honestly, I know they are lies! Just do it! (re-new my mind!) LOL!! And as I learned from you, those things pull my eyes off of God (my answer). And I do not want that!
    Thank You! (((HUGS)))

    • Barb says:

      Haha, no, Elizabeth, I was just listening to myself. Unfortunately! I was really discouraged about my resolutions last week. I’d been renewing my mind some but with no success. Then I had some great times with God toward the end of the week and some success again on my goals – I’m feeling excited this week.

      I guess I was going into that “It’s been 2 1/2 weeks, I can’t believe I haven’t accomplished this goal yet!” mode when I’ve been struggling with these things all my life. It’s going to take more than a few weeks to get over them!

  2. Wow, this is powerful, Barb. I’ve found that, whether it’s keeping my New Year’s Resolutions or just moving forward on anything, that the struggles I have today are different from the ones I may have had last year. Just like the 10 that you listed above – there are different forms of attack and resistance.
    One thing that has worked for me, and this is strange, but I like to think of what life would be like if I totally failed on my goals. Normally the pain of that life is worse than the pain of keeping at it where I am.

    • Barb says:

      That’s an interesting approach, Loren. Thanks for the suggestion. I agree that the struggles today are different than the ones from last year – even if I’m working on the same goal, it can be different from year to year. It seems like God often causes growth in layers and I have to work through one layer before I can even see the next layer.

  3. tcavey says:

    As usual you’ve done a swell job! Think I”ll print this out (when I get ink for my printer) and hang it up as a daily reminder of all the promises of God! Thanks for sharing.

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