Resolve

Indian on Horse StatueFirmness; determination; commitment; courage for a purpose or a cause

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. Benjamin Franklin

You may be whatever you resolve to be. Stonewall Jackson

Determination gives you the resolve to keep going in spite of the roadblocks that lay before you. Denis Waitley

   Having “resolve” means not giving up or changing our mind. We stick it out. Our purpose and our goal are clearly defined and there is nothing that will prevent us from achieving it. We have a fixed purpose.

   Great rivers have “resolve”. The Mississippi River knows where it is going. There is no stopping it. Creeks, streams, and other smaller rivers all join together to make it a mighty force. It twists and turns and continues to flow unceasingly until it reaches its destination. The concept behind the word “resolve” implies a “stick-to-itiveness that is unstoppable. Resolve means there is a focused and fixed determination that does not know how to quit or give up. In the Terminator movies, the robot from the future is programmed with a resolve to find and kill John Connor. Every time it is seemingly defeated it finds a way to get back up and continue the pursuit. The only way to stop it is to totally destroy it. Resolve carries with it a goal that has to be achieved. Thomas Edison is a tremendous example of resolve, history records that he conducted as many as ten thousand failed experiments until he successful developed the light bulb.

   People with resolve cannot be defeated. They get up when they fall down; do not take “no” for an answer; whatever obstacles come their way, they find a way to overcome and go forward. People with resolve will ultimately accomplish their tasks. They stick with it no matter what and eventually they succeed. Most of us can use more resolve to help us overcome some obstacles in our lives. We need something to help us to go forward despite our difficulties. The more resolve we have the more unstoppable we become.

    People of accomplishment have learned to use resolve as a tool. They know once they have resolved to get something done, they unleash that something “extra” within that fixes on finding and doing whatever is necessary to finish the task. Most of us have used resolve numerous times in our lives to get vital and important things done. It is a tool and a skill worthy of our mastery. With it there are very few things that are beyond our reach. We can accomplish much more than we thought we ever could. There is little that can stop us once we really resolve to get it done.

Challenge: To increase you resolve you must decide to do so. You must have a burning desire. Decide that it is time to overcome and succeed. Imagine and visualize. See yourself as being on the other side of success. Do you really want to get it done, whatever it takes? What are you willing to do to accomplish it? How much energy, physically and emotionally can you direct toward it? You have just strengthened your resolve. Go for it! Do it!

WisdomWhatever the mind of man can conceive and believe can be achieved. Napoleon Hill

Spiritual: (NIV)

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

The grass withereith, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.  Isaiah 40:8

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Tim. 1:7

The concept of resolve is very powerful. God’s will, in a since, is a type of “divine resolve”. Whatever God wills or resolves is certain. His sovereignty along with all his other attributes makes this absolutely certain in every way. In our limited ability to understand all of God’s greatness, if we can but grasp, even on a minimal basis, how great our Heavenly Father is. We will find increased resolve to live life more victoriously and joyously.

Prayer: Help me to have “resolve” in my life that I might become more of what You want me to be.

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