Handling Change With God
Change is one of the greatest realities of life. We are confronted with it on every front. I once heard someone say that the only constant in life is change.
Change is sweeping across the world. There is hardly a nation that is not confronted with change at this time. It is as though we constantly have to be making adjustments and paradigm shifts.
Even as we may desire some ‘levelling out’ more change is inevitable. Constant change is here to stay and God wants to help us navigate through all the changes that we will face in life.
There is a tendency to lag behind when we are confronted with change. In a way, we still want to hold onto the old.
People in business know what this is like. If they begin to lag behind, they begin to lose their edge and that can spell disaster. Lagging behind begins to take place when we get too busy with unimportant matters. We begin to give more attention to the urgent things and less attention to the important things.
We need to stand up and be counted among those who can recognize and are ready to adjust to the changes and who will trust God to lead them just as He has in the past.
Time For Change
It is time to change. Change old habits and established ways of doing things. Time to recognize that things are different and we need to adjust.
I remember hearing someone say: ‘Blessed are the flexible for they will not be broken’.
Time to change mind-sets and unchallenged beliefs. God wants to do new things and it will call for people who are ready to embrace the change God has got in store for them.
Isaiah 43:19 For I’m going to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Don’t you see it?
The Absolutely Essential Key
God has given us a key to be able to handle and process change and be changed in the process. The key is the HOLY SPIRIT.
There needs to be an openness to the HOLY SPIRIT to help us process change in our lives. We may recognize a new season, but new ‘light’ without the help of the HOLY SPIRIT to change our hearts, is not enough.
John 6:63 The Spirit gives life.
Romans 8:26 And in the same way—by our faith—the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying.
One of the daily problems we have to face is change. The Holy Spirit wants to step in and help us each and every step of the way.
Liberty To Change
We need to get to the point where we experience a liberty or a freedom to be able to change. There is a constant battle going on. It is a battle between what we are familiar with and can control, versus change and its uncontrollable nature.
When change is too difficult to adjust to, we get into habits, traditions, bondage and legalism. When we embrace change it is like going with a flow, to a destination that is not always sure. We need to have this liberty to go with the flow and not get side-tracked into habits, traditions, bondage and legalism.
2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Lead By The Holy Spirit
This is what needs to take place. If we honestly desire that the Holy Spirit would lead us, then He will. As the Holy Spirit leads us, change begins to take place in our hearts.
Our hearts are the primary battleground for change. If in our hearts we can embrace change then we will be able to change.
If we are allowing God’s Holy Spirit to move us, we will be able to change. If we will not allow the Spirit of God to move in our hearts, change will be far more difficult and we will end up holding on to the ‘old’ or the things of the past.
Let the Holy Spirit lead you!
Change Is Part Of God's Plan
Sometimes we just think that change is something we have to contend with in life, but we do not realize it is something that God also wants to facilitate in our hearts.
God always remains the same, but you and I are meant to be constantly changing.
2 Corinthians 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Notice the important word ‘TRANSFORMED’ that means to change. God’s plan for you and for me is that we should be moving or changing with a view to us becoming more like Christ. This change is a process – ‘FROM GLORY TO GLORY or EVER-INCREASING GLORY’. Change is part of God’s plan for you and me!
How is this possible? We all want to develop and make the changes that God wants us to make, but how? Here are three keys:
1. Stay connected to God. Don’t get disconnected.
2. Let God’s word become a reality in your life. Get connected to God’s word - the Bible.
3. Let the Holy Spirit lead you! Allow the Holy Spirit into your life and let Him begin to transform you.
We were never meant to handle change on our own. God wants to help us embrace change and be able to change. You are not alone!