Thursday, May 7, 2009

Change is a comin'

Do you have anyone in your life that just about makes you "cray-zay"? You know--when it seems like most interactions try your spirit and test your patience. Those are fun. Sadly I think it is easy for us as people to take on a fatalistic mentality. One where we resign ourselves to the thought that others, or even ourselves, will always be that way. We lay aside any hope of change, believing that one's past determines one's future.

But that is not what God says. According to His truth, and by His power, no one is ever outside of His ability to bring a breakthrough.

If it is someone else for whom you have lost hope, then remember two things.
  1. Do not allow the choices and attitudes of others to bring you down. This is easier said than done--especially depending on how much time you spend with this person. But preach truth to your own spirit. And as much as depends upon you, walk faithful.
  2. Pray--intercede on behalf of others. Remember, we are fighting a spiritual battle. You are not at war with a person, there is spiritual opposition and the way to defeat the enemy is in the power of God's might. (See Ephesians 6)

What if it is yourself for whom you have lost hope? Maybe you feel like you can never change this or that because of your upbringing, your circumstance, your past sin, or your poor choices. That is a lie intended to keep you bound to defeat. Friend, the truth is that God is able to bring about change but in many ways it is our own choice whether or not we allow Him to bring change. It may be one of the most difficult things we ever do, but walking in truth rather than riding the waves of our emotions will bring victory.

If you haven't yet realized this from my posts, I love the Bible. God has changed my life through His word. It is living and active, able to penetrate our hearts. But we have to be in it. We have to meditate on it. Sleeping with it under your pillow will not change your thinking. Read it and apply. Dig in and trust His heart. He promises that change will come.

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