|Posted on August 12, 2017 at 2:05 PM|
Change is something we all need. It is an ongoing part of life. The very heart of a believer’s life revolves around change, not turning over a new leaf, but truly living out a new life.
But the thing about change is that it requires that we make choices. It’s not enough to dream of changing. It’s not enough to desire change. In order for one to really change, we must make a decision to do so. We must choose to change.
Change is intentional. Ask yourself: Am I going to be any different in six months? Is my situation going to be any different in six months? Am I going to be better a year from now? Am I going to be healthier, stronger, and more mature? Am I going to be happier? Am I going to be less in debt? Am I going to be more like God wants you to be?
I can tell you the answer right now: It will only happen if we choose to change, because it isn’t going to happen accidentally. - It requires a choice.
The Word of God tells us in Ephesians 4:22, to "throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception”. We must decide that because we want something different, we must do something different. We must lay our fleshly desires aside and choose to change.
Many times we think we’re waiting on God to change us. No! It's quite the opposite. God is waiting on us. Don't get me wrong,because He is the one that does the changing, but He’s waiting on us to say, “Yes, Lord, here I am. I surrender. I’m ready and willing to make these changes in my life, and I can't do it without you.”
We must make intentional choices in order to grow. There is no growth without change, there is no change without loss. We must lose some things in our lives in order to change and grow. We must let go of some old things in order to grab hold of some new things.
Something else that many of us have heard …If you want something that you’ve never had, you must do something that you’ve never done. Many of us who are holding on to toxic relationships; we can’t lay hold of healthy relationships, when we keep focusing and hanging on to the toxic ones. Some of us are on a merry-go-round of misery and hurt, but refuse to get off of it. Many of us would rather complain than make a change.
Ask yourself,what change am I waiting on God to make in me? What is my responsibility or my part in making this change happen? What do I need to do. After you have asked yourself these questions, then ponder on God's Word in Ephesians as we previously mentioned, which admonishes us to let go of the former things,the old sinful lusts. Know that there is nothing that God can ask us to give up or relinquish that He doesn't already know is going to be beneficial for us. Trust that God is working in us “to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose(Philippians 2:13b). Remember, not all change is bad.