Sunday, April 21, 2013
Do I Really Want to Change?
"How can I know what God is showing me if I'm too afraid to look?"
I read that tonight in a book I'm using for Bible study and thought, "Wow---yep, that's me!"
Do I really want the change I'm asking God for? Yes, I do, but I want it to happen immediately, easily, and without any pain or discomfort!
"I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them." ~Isaiah 48:6
If you do what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten. To get something you've never had before, you'll need to do something you've never done before.
Sometimes we don't get immediate answers from God because he wants us to decide within ourselves whether or not we really want the change we're asking for.
Maybe you know you want a change but you don't know what the change is and so you don't know how to pray for it. Here's a great prayer for a starting point:
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." ~Psalm 51: 10
Maybe you think you want a change but you can't ask for it with an honest heart because you want to orchestrate exactly when and how the change occurs. Here's something else I read in a devotional book: "Do you have 'control issues'? The need to have power over something? Try controlling your tongue and taking power over bad attitudes and harmful habits." Ouch.
We can be sure that God hears us when we ask him to change us. We can be sure he will answer when we ask him to make us more like him. Often times, the change isn't the problem. The problem is having patience during the process!
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." ~2 Corinthians 5:17
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