Change is afoot!

 Have you ever wandered about change in your life, sometimes it is something that you absolutely embrace but more often than not it is something that you resist, put off, and often throw temper tantrums about. Or is that just me?

 Well change is coming at me in a very rapid pace these days, my son has completed his final year of high school and is about to venture out into the big wide world. He is full of wide eyed dreams and hopes about what his future is going to bring his way. My prayer for him has always been, that no matter the change he encounters in his life, he will never change his mind about God.

Often when young people leave the nest and start to spread their wings a bit, they don’t always see the importance of having that deep abiding relationship with God anymore. My prayer is that my son won’t change his mind about God.

 Another change that is coming our way is that my daughter is entering high school, it is a whole new adventure for her and she is already discovering the wind beneath her wings, she is changing her mind about the friends that she once had and as is normal has changed her mind about the young men around her, as she so eloquently puts it, “Mom I have developed an immunity to the boys cooties, their cooties are now good, yummy!”

My prayer for her remains the same, that she to would stay true to herself, and the relationship that she has developed with God over these last years. I pray to that she will not change her mind about God.

 As for me, I feel a stirring within my spirit for the new things that God is going to bring into my life, the new people that I will be able to minister to, the new situations, good and bad that will grow my faith and dependence on him. Even though I am not always a fan of change, I am a fan of growth, growth in my walk with the lord, growth in my character and the person God is molding and making me to be.

 I am a fan of developing new relationships, even though that requires changes in my life, changes in schedules and commitments.

 Over the years God has brought many changes in my life, from where I lived, to the people that were in my life, to the things that I enjoyed. But the one thing that never changed was his pursuit of my heart.

He has pursued me and drawn me into his heart. He has trained me, loved me back to health and stability and he has taught me the essence of a life lived on purpose for him. He has developed in me such a hunger for more of his Holy Spirit, how you may wander? Well through him revealing more of himself to me, makes me want more of him every day, I am never satisfied with staying where I am in my relationship with him when I know that he has more to share with me.

 One of the biggest changes that he has brought into my life comes from;

  Romans 12:2

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. 

When God first revealed this verse to me, it honestly did not mean to much to me, but as the years have gone on I have discovered that for me to truly come into a deep and intimate walk with God through the Holy Spirit, I need to renew my mind daily, in other words, I need to welcome the change, from the old way of thinking, and living and behaving to God’s way for me.

 I would love to say that this happened over night, but I would be a liar. The truth is, I had to learn to embrace the changes that God wanted to make in my life. I had to want him more than I wanted my sin, I had to learn to lay that stuff down and allow him to show me a better way of living. A way of living that brought life and refreshment into my heart and mind. A way of living that said I choose God and I choose to change my mind about living in an ungodly way.

 How about you? Are you resistant to the change that God wants to bring into your life? Are you resisting choosing him over the sin that brings a moment of pleasure for a life time of death? If you find yourself in this place, I want to tell you that all is not lost.

 There is no time like the present to make a stand for God, to willingly embrace the change that he wants to bring into your life. I have heard people say, “yes but if I truly surrender to God then I am afraid that he will send me to a place somewhere I don’t want to go to be a missionary” I have had those same thoughts myself. The good news is this; God loves you, and wants what is best for you.

 He wants to bring life and joy and peace and hope into your life, unlike the devil that specializes in death and destruction.

There is a verse that I think describes God’s heart towards us the best;

 Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

If you are feeling the stirrings of a change coming in your life, or even a change of your attitude towards sin, I pray that you will not resist the Holy Spirit’s effort to bring you into a deeper walk with God, and a greater freedom than you ever have experienced before. 

It is not a scary thing to walk with him, in my opinion it is far scarier facing changes without him.

Take a moment right now and search your heart, decide where you are in your walk with the lord, if you are stubbornly holding onto the old way of thinking and living, I pray that you will be stirred within your heart to let it go, embrace the Holy Spirit I know that you will not be disappointed in what he has for you.

Prayer

Dear Lord Jesus, I acknowledge that I have been resisting your efforts to bring change into my life, I realize that all change is not bad, help me to stop resisting you and embrace instead what you have for me, I lay down the control that I have been seeking to have in my life and I ask that you oh lord will be my leader and controller instead. Forgive me lord and fill me a fresh with your Holy Spirit, help me to have a spirit that is willing to be taught by you always.

Thank you lord

Amen

 

 

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