Change (part 3)

by Mike Seale
In my early years I thought change was fairly simple. Maybe because change was constantly happening and in some ways forced (not always negative). If the bread winner in the family got a better job or their company moved them to a different city, change occurred and you made the best of it. Children who were not included in the process may struggle more than children who were involved and included by parents.
But as I grew older I realized how conditioned people become to certain lifestyles. You can move to a different city or state but continue in the same conditioned habits. Environment can create the opportunity for change, but in itself it is not always enough. Your personality, likes and habits tend to move with you. So, “wherever you go, there you are.”
Since we are made up of spirit, soul and body (I Thess.5:23), a true change involves all three. I’ve learned that personally and also in ministry when talking with others who were struggling. Depending on the size of the problem, changing the way I think, the way I feel and what I do may involve a complete overhaul.
We have been made in the image and likeness of GOD, our Creator knows the depth of our fallen nature. Giving us boundaries and principles for better life (10 Commandments) was not enough for fallen humanity. Though the commands were perfect and Holy, our sinful nature was contrary to them. No wonder GOD promised to put His Spirit in us to “move us to follow my decrees and to be careful to keep my laws,” (Ezk. 11:19-20; 36:24-27). The outpouring of GOD’s Spirit is the essential element for change. But still some who have the Spirit both quench and grieve the Spirit’s work of sanctification.
The Challenge today is to ask for the Spirit (Luke 11:13). Be blessed today as you “live by the Spirit.” (Gal.5:16).

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