Change

Change is a powerful thing. Change can cause a dull caterpillar to morph into a vibrantly colored butterfly. But change can destroy lives too. Too many people have made it a point in their daily lives to avoid change as much as possible. But if you examine God’s Word you will find that change is both natural and good in some cases. The Bible speaks in several places about one growing physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Growth in and of itself is change. By avoiding change as a whole we are hindering ourselves from growth on many different levels and thus halting the process by which we become unified with one another.

Change within our relationships is something we generally dread. But Jesus taught and the Bible speaks of change as a positive thing in many cases. Look at these passages:

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”n~ Luke 2:52

Christ Himself was always seeking ways to advance his emotional and spiritual aspects of His life. We can learn very much just from this one passage alone.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.~ 2 Peter 1:5-15

Here we see a progression of traits that God instructs us to be dilligent in obtaining in our every day lives. Not only do we have instruction to obtain these things, we have a warning of what will become of us when we don’t strive to incorporate these things into our lives. Our faith becomes ineffective when we are complacent and unopen to change.

I pray that you will meditate on these passages and in all things give God the praise for the life He has given you. Be blessed!

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Tragedy

Earlier this week people across the world were hit with something very few people, if any, expected. Japan was rocked with yet another earthquake not even a month after a 9.0 magnitude quake already devastated this island. In its aftermath this natural disaster has left tens of thousands of people dead and many more still missing. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people have been effected either directly or indirectly. Even in the small town of Abilene Texas there are people who have been directly effected because of this horrible event.

My first question is what can we as a population learn from this? The lesson to be learned that jumps out in my mind most prevalently is that we should not run from things that make us uncomfortable or even feel some pain. Moses in Exodus 4 tried to run from God’s plans three times but all three times God would not let him. Moses after trying to bargain with God eventually gave in and followed Gods plan and he, by God’s power, was able to lead the children of Israel out of captivity and do many other great things.

Do we trust God’s plan to help us become better people and more like Christ or do we fear so badly what might happen to us if we follow such a plan that we neglect the life God has in store for us? I would suggest it’s more the latter than the former of that last sentence. God reassures us like he did with Moses that He will be with us every step of the way. God doesn’t ask us to do things we are not capable of. All we must do is follow Him where He leads us. That’s not to say where He leads will be easy, not by any means. Each day God leads people through things such as divorce from a spouse, abuse from those we love, poverty, layoffs at our jobs or a number of any other hardships but one thing is for certain. God is ALWAYS with us. Do you trust God to guide your life even though it most likely will bring many hardships? I plead with you to lose all control of your life and give it to God. Speaking from personal experiences I can tell you that my life is much more abundantly blessed because I follow God.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”~Psalms 23:4