Friday, September 28, 2012

Change - Yes it is possible

             The works of the flesh, evidences of sin in our nature are listed as follows:  sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these.(Galatians 5:19 )
       God wants this list changed to the following:
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control .

How can this dramatic change be effected ?
        Self-discipline ? education ? reward?      --    no

   History records the varying behaviors of many different kinds- gorilla warfare waged for communism, gassing of the disabled in accord with Darwinian evolution , communal suicide before surrender, humanitarian relief for damage caused by religious bigots, conservation efforts to combat the forces of greed...etc

            The Bible compass points to the enabling power of the Spirit of God.

Let me explain - Through the death of Christ, we are accepted by God.  By the operation of the Holy Spirit with our spirit, we are changed by God.  The ignorance that pulls us down is replaced with the intelligence that builds us up.  The rebellious will that  fights God is replaced with a new heart to please God. Thus we know what is good and are given the new life in Christ, to choose the good even if we are tempted to do evil.
        While still in human bodies we pray " keep us from temptation", but as we submit to the constraining Spirit of God we proclaim " we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us"

   Change is possible :-
 let the light of God fall upon you
   let the life of God empower you
     let the love of God motivate you  !!

And then all the glory be to our great God

John McKee

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Change ??

The story of life seems to be - a good beginning, a wandering independence. a reality check and then the hardening of the clay according to the attitudes, habits and direction taken. Occasionally some peoples' lives are turned around to change track. Most people however, follow the instinct of their genetic makeup and conform to the world in which they live.

Would you dare to be different ? Would you let the compass of the Bible change your attitude, your devotion, your motives, your goals, your direction of life?  I hear some-one interrupt and say : ' I thought being a Christian was intended to make my life better,  not different! ' - well yes and no.

     The preaching of Jesus insisted on 'repentance' ( to change ). This of course begs the question - change what , and how , and why ?  So many people make the mistake  of changing their words, their ways in an effort to cultivate religious habits, all the time missing the priority of first being changed on the inside. Most of all God wants to change our attitude to Him. It may not seem natural to worship an unseen creator, yet this is our highest privilege . Many refuse to accept Jesus as the Son of God, yet it is this that determines the order of our life and our destiny in eternity. The rebellious nature of humans, objects to yielding to Jesus Christ as Lord, but this is the very change that cures our many woes.

         I trust that you can see that these internal, fundamental changes are essential to  a good life, and an eternal relationship with God, that will give us hope beyond the grave.

          Take time out today to bow both your knees to God Almighty, believe in your heart that Jesus who died and rose again is indeed the Son of God, and let  Him, his word, his example, his love, his commands etc take control in your life! Then you will be able to sing -
          " What a wonderful change in my life has been has wrought
                        since Jesus came into my heart"

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