Embracing Change!

Praise God! The beginning of another year is generally a time when people are motivated to make some type of change in their lives. Whether or not it is in the form of a New Year’s Resolution or just simply re-evaluating and re-assessing their lives, there is one thing that is certain and that is change is inevitable!

Think about it. Tomorrow will be different than yesterday! Next week will be different than last week! Next month will be different than last month, and this year will be different than last year. One thing is for sure, whether we admit it or not, whether we accept it or not, or even if we choose to participate in it or not—change happens.

I guess the best way to say it is there are only three things in life that never change. God never changes. Malachi 3:16 says, “For I am the LORD, I change not.  The Word of God never changes. Matthew 24:35 explains to us that “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Lastly, change does not change. Change is really the only constant, absolute thing in our lives. When you stop long enough to think about it, human beings are in a perpetual state of change. From the time we enter this world until the time we leave it, and even after we leave it, we are changed.

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” 1 Corinthians 15:50-52

When you look at change as it pertains to our physical bodies, we literally go from being the size of a grain of rice at inception to a glorified body when we leave this planet. Yes, I think it’s safe to say change is inevitable. So if change is inevitable, why do we waste so much time, energy, effort and resources trying to avoid it? With that question in mind, I believe this article will shed some light on how we can stop avoiding and evading change and simply learn to embrace it. Let’s take a look at how we can embrace change!

The first thing we have to understand in our embracing change is that we must choose to change. Change starts with a choice. We must decide daily to go with GOD (Joel 3:14)!  We cannot allow ourselves to get caught in the “Valley of Decision. Procrastination is nothing more than simple disobedience, and God cannot and will not bless our disobedience. We must decide daily to go with God!

Second, we can make a quality decision to refuse to live the way we are living (Deuteronomy 30:14-19). God has given us free will; therefore, we must exercise the power of choice in our lives daily. We are where we are in our lives right now largely due to the decisions we have made in our past. If we don’t like where we are in our lives right now, we can start making different and better choices, which will cause our future to be different.

Third, we can choose to break the strongholds of the past (Genesis 19:26). We cannot move forward if we are constantly looking over our shoulder at our past. Fear of past failures will hinder us from experiencing the future God has for us.

Another step we can take towards our embracing change is to CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK (Joshua 1:8)!  As human beings, unless we are acting out of pure instinct, we are operating by the Law of Thoughts, which simply means our thoughts precede our actions. If something is on our mind we can be sure that it will be in our future. What we think about a lot changes what we say. What we say changes what we do. What we do changes our lives. We can change our lives by changing the way we think. We must learn to think according to faith (Romans 12:2-3). There is a direct connection between us renewing our minds with the Word of God and us changing our lives and doing the perfect will of God. We must choose to think on “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

Obliviously there are a number of things that we can do to embrace change, and time and copy space would not allow us to expound on them all. However I would be remiss if I did not at least give some of them an honorable mention: Prayer changes things. James 5:16b says “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Wisdom is the cornerstone of self-change and is also they key to obtaining, happiness, health, wealth and success in life (Proverbs 4:7-13).

Last and certainly not least allow love to be the motivation and foundation for your change!

“Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn't want what it doesn't have. Love doesn't strut, Doesn't have a swelled head, Doesn't force itself on others, Isn't always "me first," Doesn't fly off the handle, Doesn't keep score of the sins of others, Doesn't revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end. Love never fails, fades out becomes obsolete or comes to and end” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, MSG

If love is your foundation for change, then you will experience the change you desire to see in your life.

This article is written by Pastor David Blouin