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Why don’t people choose change?

The pain of change is really the persecution of the flesh. Trouble is the flesh is already in pain after years of living with the outcomes of injustice and dysfunction. It has become an old and familiar friend. Some see it as ‘the cross they carry’ but this view is not correct.

The cross we carry is linked to the sufferings we bear fighting for justice and the persecution we get from the world for doing so.

Matt 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. nkjv

We are also persecuted in the ‘flesh’ when we try to initiate change in our lives... more pain.

  1. The pain of discipline in making changes.
  2. The pain of dying to old mindsets we hold dear and have based our lives on.
  3. The pain of creating new and better habits in responding to our circumstances.
  4. The pain of letting go of the past and choosing to forgive.
  5. The pain of risk involved in trusting again.
  6. The pain of acceptance of my mistakes.
  7. The pain of taking responsibility for my life… no one else can do it for me.

 

If I want the Kingdom of Heaven in my life then I will have to leave my ‘worldly’ thinking behind…makes sense doesn’t it? Can’t serve two masters.

I have been trained by the world and this training is my truth.

We are born in the world however because of Christ we are no longer ‘of the world’. This event takes place the day we invite Jesus into our lives and hearts but the out working of this reality in the ‘flesh’ takes time… this separation is painful and we fail many times.

Matthew 16:24-28
24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. nkjv

Here lies the ‘cross we bear’… ‘for righteousness sake’

I have been made righteous through my belief and acceptance of Jesus into my heart.
However I have also entered into battle with my flesh (my worldly training) at this point…

Rom 7:20-25
20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God--through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. nkjv

Rom 8:1
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.. nkjv

We are no longer condemned for our mistakes before God. However the mistakes we continue to make will have an effect on our lives and the lives of those who we do life with.

Is this a good enough reason for me to consider changing my life for the better?

Jesus said in Isaiah 61 ‘He has come to set the captives free...’
We are set free however we ‘hang on’ to our old lives so what is missing?

Our co-operation and a vision for something better.

Fear plays a big role here.

  1. Fear of the unknown.
  2. Fear of being hurt again.
  3. Fear of being asked to do something I don’t feel able to do.
  4. Fear of letting go of those things or mindsets I find my security in.
  5. Fear of trusting in God’s goodness towards me.

2 Tim 1:7
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. nkjv

How do I connect to this? He has given me power to make a good decision, love that saved me, makes me acceptable and valued and the truth of His word on which I can make my decisions.

Faith is the answer.

Take the step into change.
Allow the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to guide your decisions.
Know that you have been given the resources to do it.
Expect this will produce the outcome you hope for.

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