Ready for Change
Often when you hear the word "change," you think of location or process, but change can be as simple as taking a different route to work or ordering a different item at your favorite restaurant. In this life, we like comfort. We don’t want to deviate from our usual routines, but God is calling us out of the usual and into the radical! Are you going to obey Him?
Change is simply a transition, and if we don’t change, we will die. To get a better understanding of the word “change,” let’s look at five (5) specific definitions.
- To move from – geographic, positional, role, mindset, etc.
- A metamorphosis – complete change in form, nature, or character (Romans 12:2)
- A shift – an exchange; to replace with another person, process, policy, etc.
- A process – move from one stage to another; it’s not an event
- To give up something in return for something different or better – You can’t get something different if you want to hold on to what you already have.
In studying these definitions, we can see that change is not a one time deal. It’s an ever evolving process; it’s something you start and continually do throughout your lifetime. You should never get settled in this life. You should always have a drive to want to change and move forward in every area of your life.
There are three points you should meditate on when you begin the process of change.
- Change is possible for you. (Mark 9:23) – unbelief will kill you
- Change is apart of God’s plan for your life. (Isaiah 43:19) – even in the wilderness when nothing is happening, God will make a way
- God is an evolutionary God. (Ephesians 2:7)
The vision God gives you is evolutionary. It’s only as you walk it out that it’s revealed to you and begins to evolve. In Hebrews 11:8, Abraham didn’t get all the instructions at once. He was given enough to start. God will give you enough to start.
Change is the product of human choices coupled with divine ability. (Luke 17:12-19) – When the lepers went, then divine ability stepped in to heal them. We have to do something, and then God will step in.
You have to believe that you can change before you actually change. It’s a mindset. We have to change our thinking in order to move forward. The battle is in the mind, the soul, and the emotions; that’s where we must focus our energy and overcome.
There are seven (7) mental roadblocks or false beliefs that hinder believers from moving forward.
1. Mentally holding on to the past (Isaiah 43:19, 18)
- You must mentally let go of the past.
- You cannot remember the old and expect to receive the new.
- You must stop grieving emotionally over the past.
- In II Corinthians 10:3-5 it says to pull down strong holds and cast down imaginations and every high thing. A strong hold is a way of thinking established over a period of time and resistant to change. A high thing is a barrier of pride. The scripture tells us to capture our thoughts and make them surrender!
We must be honest with ourselves and stop thinking, “I’m not as bad as I seem.” It’s difficult to change or get out of a situation when you have a false reason (or a reason that does not line up with the Word of God) to stay in it.
3. Refusing to accept responsibility for change
4. Mental bondage to past failure
You must overcome the fact that you failed.
5. Deception (II Corinthians 11:3)
Deception is when Satan has successfully cancelled out tomorrows consequences by getting you caught up in the present experience (or sin) of today.
6. Thinking that if you change, people will think you’re unstable.
To help overcome this thought, you must:
- Start thinking through decisions.
- Take your time.
- Do your homework.
- Sometimes, you may be hungry and searching for something and you might not know what it is until you see it.
- Understand that there is a difference between flexibility, indecisiveness, and double-mindedness.
- Flexibility is good because you understand that different approaches are necessary.
- Decisions rooted in wisdom will validate themselves.
7. Thinking that your behavior is who you are.
“This is who I am, and I have to be myself.
- There is a difference between an inherent personality trait and flawed character traits.
- Personality Traits: quiet person, talkative person, outgoing person, etc.
- Character flaws: abusive person, rude person, judgmental person, insecure person, etc.
Have you thought about where change is needed in your life? Listen to the Holy Spirit. He knows each area that needs to be changed. There may be areas in your life that seem fine to you, but the Spirit of God may be telling you to change. Where do you want to be five years from now, ten years from now? Do you want to be in your present condition, still knowing what you already know now, still living the life you’re living right now, still being who you’ve always been, and still doing what you’ve always done?
Think about your future. Think about where you want to be and then make the necessary changes needed to get there.