Willpower sure sounds like a wonderful thing. We are often told that if we have enough willpower we will be able to fight off every trial, challenge, and temptation that comes our way. At times it may work, yet, it may not work. Willpower can be our best friend when thing go well, but this friend will check out when we get weary. Just like the friend that is always around when things are well but are nowhere to be seen when faced with a difficulty.
It may seem as if our mind is playing tricks on us. Often, we allow our emotions to get in the way of making wise decisions. Emotions come and go and can lead us into doing strange things, if they are not checked. Some of the emotions that need to be controlled include anger, resentment, self-pity, loneliness, and bitterness. If you really do not want to do something then you probably will not do it. Our minds and emotions can give us plenty of reasons for not doing something. Our emotions can lead us down the wrong path and keep us in bondage. Our emotions may get in the way and cloud or distort the truth. Emotions may weaken and trump willpower.
Our minds get in the way through negative self-talk. We may talk ourselves out of a victory by saying, “I’m not smart enough” or “I don’t have the resources” or “I can’t because I don’t have the proper education”. If we continue to say these things then we will believe them. Or we listen to other people’s negative statements and beliefs that can keep us down and under. So we give up, give in, and give out. We are often ruled by our emotions. However, we are to be led by God’s Spirit. Now, willpower and discipline is needed and important to live a successful life. But, willpower alone won’t be enough. Determination gets you started and keeps you going for a while but it is never enough to bring you across the finish line. Zechariah 6 says, “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
God’s power will get us across the finish line. If we go to God first, then God will release His power into our willpower and energizes it to lead you to victory. But, if you find that your willpower is getting low and you are close to quitting, call out to God and received his strength and power. God will grant you the wisdom, knowledge, and discernment to make the right choices. God’s power will sustain and energize you. With the Spirit of God, you can finish writing that book, run a successful business, finish school, have a happy marriage, and fulfilling relationship. Listen to what God says. Replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk. Tell yourself, “I am smart enough”, “God will give me what I need to succeed” or “God can open doors that no one can”. Believe it and you will receive it.
Arlinda D. Lindsay