“Change is painful. Most people won’t change until the pain of where they are is greater than the pain of change. You are where you are right now because of the decisions you’ve made in the past. If you don’t like where you are, then acknowledge you have to change, and go after your dream.”
Ok, confession, since I read this quote on change I can’t stop singing, “I’m gonna make a change for once in my life…” Thank you Michael Jackson and YouTube for making it so easily accessible to this child of the 80’s.
Anyway, this week we’ve covered:
So now what? By this time most of us have probably already broken our New Year’s resolution. We wonder why we can’t stick to our weight loss plan, commitment to quit smoking or our new budget. But the truth is, change IS painful. It hurts to restructure our lives or give up bad habits. It hurts even more to give up sin.
You may have decided you need to change your spending habits or career path. Maybe you have been convicted of your laziness or your greed. Maybe you have realized that you have put too much stock in growing material wealth and not enough in spiritual treasure. You might blame your lack of will power or weak convictions. You might feel like giving up or not even trying again because every time you do you just fail. You may look at your financial situation and simply feel defeated.
But I want you to think about something else.
God is bigger than your trouble.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Eph. 3:20
Life in Christ is complete.
For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ. Col. 2:9-10
The Holy Spirit is ready to help.
Also, the Spirit helps us. We are very weak, but the Spirit helps us with our weakness. Rom. 8:26
We will fail. God won’t.
Your body will always be dead because of sin. But if Christ is in you, then the Spirit gives you life, because Christ made you right with God. God raised Jesus from death. And if God’s Spirit lives in you, he will also give life to your bodies that die. Yes, God is the one who raised Christ from death, and he will raise you to life through his Spirit living in you. Rom. 8:10-11
A fresh start is at your finger tips.
For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Rom. 6:4