How many times have we heard people promise to “turn over a new leaf”? They have the best of intentions, but the root problem is still there. They may resolve to lessen their amount of extramarital sexual activity yet keep putting themselves in the same situations. They promise to try to attend church more yet don’t set an alarm clock on Sundays. These people will follow through for a few weeks and then flake out. Why? Because there has not been a change of mind and heart. Without that, you will continue in your same old ways and maybe even get worse.
We need a change from God, not one we mustered up. Scripture says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12-13 NASB
Notice it says “one of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” God’s Spirit convicts us of sin. Until we have a hatred for our old ways, we will continue the way we are.
“Turning over a new leaf” is not your answer. A life-changing, heart-changing, mind-changing relationship with Jesus Christ is your answer. He will make all things new, so stop the daily affirmations and good intentions. Give your life to Christ, THEN resolve to live the Holy life to which He has called you.