Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Change...


But whenever someone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.
Corinthians 3:16-18

Change…is a good thing. But why do so many of us fight and resist it? You can hear it in the grumbles and murmurs of people when you change something as simple as the aisles in the grocery store. “Aisle 2 has ALWAYS been soups and snacks, now why in heaven’s name did they change it?” And God forbid don’t change the parking spaces at work, it’s an all out war. “I’ve been parking in that space for 10 years grrrrr…” Never mind that the CHANGE is so that there can be better parking spaces for everyone. Human nature is crazy and at times nuts! And if I wasn’t a human I’d…
Okay, here’s another one, at the gym where I’m a member, about once a week the machines are repositioned in the circle. Now all the members know this, but that does not stop them from complaining. “Why do they keep moving these dang machines? Just when I was getting used to that hard one being the fifth one (insert lots of whining here). The whole while they are complaining the reason that was explained to us is totally forgotten. The reason being that, now get this, if you continue to do the same routine every day, your body gets accustomed to the process and the exercise will become ineffective. So the routine has to be CHANGED often to stimulate the body to react to the exercise! Got it?
The Spirit whispered the word “Change” to me one morning as I was waiting in His presence. One thing I have learned over the past years; God is a Big God, but He also works in small things. What do I mean by that? So many times we hear messages about how a great move is coming and how these great big revivals are going to break loose…well guess what? God is more interested in little ‘ol YOU. He works in individuals. He knows that if He can get you and I straightened out, all the other stuff will come. He wants to change us to be more like Him. If we can become more like Him, then the revival will come. If we will allow Him to change us to be more like Him then the “Breakthrough” will come.
In 2 Corinthians 3 Paul talks about how Moses covered his face so the people could not see the glory, after he had been with God on the Mount, but Paul says that when we come to Christ we must take off the veil and reflect the Glory of Christ. And the more we reflect Him, the more He wants to change us to be more and more like Him. Because the more we are like Him, the more we can CHANGE the world!
Change is good, but not always easy. God may allow or bring some things in your life that may be uncomfortable and you may not understand right away. You may be misunderstood and you may have to come out of your comfort zone. You may even lose some friends. But if you have a heart to follow wholly and solely after Him, He has promised to lead and guide you into all truth.
What has the Lord been speaking to you lately? Has He been leading you to get out of your comfort zone? Has He been leading you to let go of some things that have been with you for years? Has He been whispering to you that it is time for CHANGE?
Remember “if you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” If you let go in obedience to the Lord’s direction, He WILL be there to take your hand.
Follow HIM…

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