by Pastor Tim Burt
I recently heard a frustrated person say People really never change. I know why many would think that. As a Pastor for 35 years, I interacted with thousands of people on a regular basis. I’ve seen more than a few people repeatedly fall prey to the same temptations bringing hurt to themselves and others. Every time they’d have a period of success, but then cave and fall, they would lessen their credibility in the eyes of those around them. I’d hear those being hurt or disappointed by them utter the words, They’ll never change. It wasn’t always about those being tempted by something. Sometimes it would be those who would boldly declare the new goals and disciplines they were launching into, only to quickly abandon them and crawl back in their rut, discontented with themselves. Do you know anyone like that? Have you ever been that person? Are you now? When I was a young man living without Jesus, I was that person.
No one wants to live in ruts whether it’s sin, or simply stagnancy and a lack of personal growth. I personally believe people are most happy when they experience personal growth that leads to good and godly changes. Sometimes the effort it takes to make those changes range in the difficult to impossible zone and yet God is calling to you regarding them. I have been through more changes than I can recall and I don’t remember any of them being easy. I came out of alcoholism and addiction. I came out of being financially irresponsible. I came out of being less than a desirable husband. Those were the initial big changes. But then there were the things I felt God was leading me to do. Start businesses, invent, build on my education, become a leader and Pastor, run marathons, and much more. This was over a span of time but it all represented growth and change. And none of it was easy! But boy was it rewarding! And it’s why God wants change for us!
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) says, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
Did you notice those words “making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland”? They indicated moving from a less than desirable place to a better place and with the supernatural help of God. When you read about that in the Bible, you’ll always find it was God’s grace and man’s effort that brought about these changes! And that is what He wants for you!
Mankind’s only hope to real and lasting change is through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the only enabler and helper of real and lasting change. Without the Holy Spirit’s help, you won’t experience the good and lasting changes that God wants for you—the help that leads you into a closer walk with Him, and in the plan of God for your life. People want to grow, mature, experience promotion and success, and prosper. Every ounce of those things represent change! And so you don’t want others or your own mirror to speak back saying, You’ll never change.
Why do I do this daily? I do this because our spiritual maturity is a daily and life-long process that God highly values and desires for us. He wants to mentor us as the perfect Father! Maturity and promotion go hand in hand and God wants both for us. And so, God’s plan is continuous methodical change. I’ll share more on this in Part Two in my next post!
In closing today, know that some of the greatest scriptures to help you pray for your spiritual growth and strength to succeed are in Ephesians Chapters one through three. Read them and pray them over yourself!
Ephesians 3:16-18 (NLT2) “I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His
home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s
love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is.”
In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt
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