Daily Archives: January 8, 2014

The Change You Need

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The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come”.

The very heart of the Christian faith revolves around change, but it is not turning over a new leaf – it is living out a new life.

Change is something we all need. It is an ongoing part of life. With its constant flux, life demands adjustments for our schedules and plans. Essentially, change is the new norm. But people’s spiritual lives call for more than slight changes to the calendar. Their lives are in need of transformation.

In the Old Testament, we see how this cycle played out in the life of Solomon. He tried to change through human ingenuity when he needed divine intervention. And he was the smartest person – ever.

(Read Ecclesiastes 1:12-18.)

John 3:3 Jesus calls it being “born again.”

Real change is a process, not a destination

“I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).

“By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires” (2 Peter 1:4)

“We all, with unveiled faces, are reflecting the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Change is letting go and grabbing hold

“Be holy as I am holy” sound like an impossible task. Its possibility comes by the work of God and not the work of man.

Here are some of the reasons that change is difficult for people:

a. Because we are stubborn
b. Because we are trapped
c. Because we are comfortable
d. Because we are afraid
d. Because change hurts
e. Because we lack power

“But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, assuming you heard Him and were taught by Him, because the truth is in Jesus: you took off your former way of life, the old man that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new man, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth” (Ephesians 4:20-24).

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

January 8, 2014

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The Moment that Changes Everything

Luke 15:17

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“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!'”

The effectiveness of any alarm is in direct correlation to how much you don’t want to hear it. In other words, until your desire not to hear the alarm outweighs your desire to keep sleeping—you’re not going to wake up.

Similarly, a sudden awakening takes place when God finally gets our attention. The alarm sounds, and this time we hear it. We immediately become aware of our present circumstances and the reality that something must change.

The Prodigal Son experienced this in Luke 15. After taking his inheritance money from his father, wasting it and reduced to feeding pigs, the Bible tells us the son, “came to his senses …”At this point the son sat straight up and suddenly realized what his life had become. When he ran away, he’d never thought his journey would have that ending. But now life had his attention and he knew things had to change.

Have you ever had a moment like this? The Holy Spirit opens your eyes, and you see something that you had somehow missed before. You have a startling realization that changes everything.

You realize you’ve been trying to live out the Christian life from your own power and strength rather than out of the power of the Holy Spirit.

You realize you weren’t actually following Jesus; you were just following a list of rules and rituals.

You realize you spent so much of your life wrestling with guilt and shame, because you thought being good enough would save you.

And then suddenly you realize a truth. That truth has always been true, but for some reason, you just didn’t see it before. Like the Prodigal Son, it was the right time and the right place and finally realization woke you up and brought you to your senses.

Within the parable of the Prodigal Son, I discovered there are three ingredients that are present in that experience.

1. A Sudden Awakening

2. Brutal Honesty

3. Immediate Action

But when God’s Word and the Holy Spirit bring these three things together in your life, you will experience a God-given moment that changes everything.

Today if you are finally hearing the alarm and realizing you are far from your Heavenly Father, know you can turn to Him. Luke 15 shows us that God is a loving Father who is merciful, gracious and caring. No matter how far we wander from God, He wants to do more than just help us—He wants to save us.

Dear Lord, help me to see the areas of my life that need transformation. Please give me a genuine awakening, help me to be honest with myself and be with me as I take action. Jesus, I surrender my life to you and I thank You for the work You’re doing in my life! In Jesus’ Holy Name I pray. Amen.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing

January 7,2014

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