I posted a poll on this blog asking what is the main reason that you do not achieve your goal and unanimously everyone who voted said a lack of willpower. By far this is also true for myself. I will do well for a while but eventually loose my gumption to continue whether I am lazy or busy, whatever my excuse. It really comes down to the fact that I am not disciplining myself. However, this answer did not suffice. I wanted more, something I could work on. So I thought about the word "willpower." Where does my willpower come from? I discovered that I was not believing what the Word of God said about me.
I was using my own "strength" and "power" to feed my will. Eventually, my own energy supply ran out and I gave up. I was also really good about finding a reasonable excuse for it, too. Ultimately, I had to pray this prayer:
"God, I do not have the ability on my own to do what You have called me to do. I need your help. I believe in Your Word that I can do all things through You and that your power is made perfect in weakness. I thank you, Jesus, for the redemption of my willpower at the Cross and I thank you for the strength and determination needed to accomplish the race set before me."
It is not our job to find it in ourselves to be where God wants us to be. We end up stressing ourselves out by overworking and over thinking. We try to discipline ourselves with negative thoughts instead of using the Word of God to encourage us with positive promises.
All this to say, I want to encourage you today, to find your strength, find your power, find your energy source in the Word of God! Here are some encouraging versus to memorize so that when we come up against the "empty well" that used to be our will power, we can be filled with the revelation of God's promises to us!
"And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
-2 Corinthians 12:9
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13
Final Thought: What "Willpower" you? And no, the answer is not power bars!