Growing Stronger through Change (1)

Jul 10, 2020

‘...the testing of your faith produces patience...’James 1:3 NKJV

The one thing we can count on in life is change. We try to resist it but it says, ‘Coming, ready or not!’ In order to grow stronger through change we must give up, wise up and toughen up. (1) Don’t look for a way out, a way to avoid the stress that comes with change. There is no escape; change is inevitable. Stop looking at it as an enemy and make it your friend. The easiest way to ride a horse is to face the direction it’s going! The same with change, ride it in the direction it’s going. (2) Our ‘fight or flight’ instincts aren’t very good at handling sudden change. But there’s a solution. By entrusting our lives fully into God’s care and asking for His wisdom, ‘...God’s kindness…is trying to lead…to Him and change…’ (Romans 2:4 GWT) God loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way. (3) Someone joked, ‘If it wasn’t for stress, I’d have no energy at all.’ Stop and consider. Are you making it harder on yourself than it needs to be? Are your words speaking faith or fear? Are you convincing yourself you can’t handle the changes? Are you ready to give up without even trying, or trusting God? If you’re struggling to make sense of the situation you’re in, read these words: ‘...when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it…for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be strong in character and ready for anything...’ (James 1:3–4 NLT)

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 6:27–36, Ps 109:1–15, Pro 15:22
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