The Power of Change

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Change requires power. Any kind of change is a formidable challenge for most people. Yet the Lord asks us to change from our old ways and do things His way. Not an easy task!

“Put off … the old man, … and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and… put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Eph. 4:22-24) “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Rom. 12:2)

In your daily world, especially in this hectic instant access global culture where technology changes by the minute and you have to be adapting constantly, change is inevitable. You are being pulled in diverse directions and the older you get the less elastic you become. You get in the habit of doing things a certain way and become less tolerant to external demands to alter our lifestyle. Modifying learned responses to habitual routine tasks often causes stress and anxiety, especially in older persons.

However, when the Lord requires you to change your lifestyle, He not only gives you the power to do so, but the result is a much more powerful you! Some people say they love the Lord but refuse to make a commitment because they’re just not “ready” yet! If only they realized that with the Lord everything goes smoothly, peacefully, and painlessly! Yes! Really!

First of all, it’s your love for Him that prompts you to make adjustments. Secondly, He has given you the Holy Spirit to be your comforter, counselor and help. (John 14:26). All you need to do is lay your life before Him and ask Him to fashion you into a precious vessel for His use. You cannot change on your own. He is the potter, you are the clay. The clay just lies there as a lifeless lump on the potter’s wheel while the master twists and turns it until it is just right. All that is required of you is a willingness to want to be like Him.

The more readily you give yourself fully to Him the more instant the transformation. It all starts in your mind. Once you align your thoughts with those of Christ and understand His Word and His ways, then all the old habits and mindsets fall by the wayside. Suddenly they don’t seem so important any more. When you were in the world your mind, alienated from God through ignorance and blindness, prompted you to do things your own way. Once you know the Truth, you will want to put off all the vices and let your mind be washed by the Word.

Besides the Holy Spirit, the Lord also knows that you need tangible support here on earth. That is why He has established you, who has been called out of the world, into His Body, the church. There He has provided leadership and support “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ!” (Eph. 4; 12-13)

I pray, with Paul, that you will be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your heart by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may come to comprehend His Love and be filled with all the fullness of God! He is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to His Power that works in us! (Eph. 3:16-20)

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10 thoughts on “The Power of Change

  1. Yes Justin, people inherently resit change to anything in their lives. If they were to see change a freedom from the past and the old way of life then, they might be able to accept it quicker and get on with their new life and way of doing things. Thanks for the great post.

    Ken :)

  2. I think we often seek to resist change because we are scared of what might happen when change comes.

    However attempting to resist change is often as useful and as achievable as trying to hold back the tide.

    I am not sure I have got to the point in my own life when I can say that I embrace all the changes which are on the way…but I do know that I have to accept them.

    P.
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  3. Great point about resisting change is like holding back the tide. Never really thought of it that way before.

    I think we all are a work in progress when it comes to accepting and even embracing change.

  4. Amazing post, Justin. This world changes so fast that if we aren’t willing to change we often get lost in it all. Stop what you are doing, put your faith in Christ and ask Him to change you into who He desires you to be. Into the person who can serve and do His work.

    The term Let go and let God is a expression I live by daily. If more people would be willing to put their trust and heart in Christ’s hands and understand that He “has your back” and will not let you fall, we as a world, a community, a church, would be a lot less stressed.

    I appreciate your prayer. It’s a daily struggle to stop and feel the Holy Spirit at work in my life but at the end of the day, He fills me with such joy sometimes my heart over flows.

    Glad I read this in the morning. Off to pray now.

    =)

  5. I’ve started this comment a couple times. . .

    Thank you for this inspiring post.

    This year has been a year of change, most of which I would not wish on anyone. I’ve almost reached the anniversary of Joe’s passing and made it through the year of Firsts. First Christmas, first anniversary, etc. I survived having my job declared redundant. (This one still may prove to be wonderful.) My son graduated and moved out (bittersweet on that one), I am so proud of him. We added a 3rd cat and 2 monster dogs to the household. I could keep going but I think you get the point.

    Through all of this, I’ve been reminded of a poster that my friend sent me early on. God doesn’t bring you to anything without giving you the ability to get through it.

    My world is totally different than it was a year ago. God has been the one constant in this whole journey.
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  6. Thank you for an inspiring post Justin.

    This has been a year of change and firsts for me. It will be a year on the 19th that Joe has been gone.

    Throughout the whole year I been reminded of a graphic that someone sent me early on. God never brings you to anything without giving you the resources to get through it. He has been the one constant throughout this adventure.
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  7. Change always required never easy but one of the best examples of the necessity and results of change in nature is the eagle. The longest lived bird in the Raptor family can live to be 70 years old.
    But at the mid point of it’s life it flies to it’s nest or a high place and begins a process of renewal, a very painful one.
    But rather than recount the whole story here check out this you tube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J65MycJKwgw