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Let God Do the Changing

There are always so many areas in our lives that we feel a need for God to change. Often, we get frustrated with our lack of progress. It is easy to want to try to do the changing ourselves, in our own effort but this does not work. We need to cooperate with God and allow Him to do the doing!

So, what do we do? Well the word says the only work we need to do is to believe (John 6:29), to have faith; without faith, we cannot please God (Heb 11:6). How does faith come? Well, we all have faith (Rom 12:3) but our faith grows by hearing the word (Rom 10:6). Everything in God’s kingdom is by faith, not human effort.

If we want to be all God wants us to be, to be changed, then we need to be radical for Him. God’s word is truth (John 17:17) and He tells us that if we know the truth it will set us free in all areas of our lives (John 8:32).

God talked to us through Moses and Joshua about being radical with the word. Moses said God’s word must be in our hearts. He said to teach it to our kids all the time, he said to write the word on our gates and door posts (bathroom mirrors?), to bind it on our hands and hang it before our eyes (Deut 6:6-7) (have it on our computers?). Joshua said the word should always be in our mouths, we should meditate it day and night (Josh 1:8) (have it playing in the car?). Now that’s radical.

But see what Joshua also said would happen if we were radical about the word. He said that saturating in the word would cause us to do the word (be changed) and that we would then have success and prosper. Wow, I want that, how about you? Let’s do it. Let’s rest in God’s love (Matt 11:28-30), do our part and see God work in us, through us and on our behalf. Have a blessed day in the word.


The Power of the Believer

We are all probably familiar with Christ’s commission to us to go and preach the Gospel to all creatures (Mark 16:15). As I was reading this passage just recently I took note of the things believers will do (Mark 16:16-18).

They will be saved. What a wonderful word; it encompasses healing, forgiveness and new life in Christ Jesus. That life is an abundant life, in all the ways you can imagine it (John 10:10). Believers will also cast out demons in Jesus name and speak in new tongues. Snakes and poisons will not affect us and we will lay hands on the sick and see them healed.

This is all because Jesus lives in us in the form of the Holy Spirit (John 14:17) and we can walk in Christ’s power, authority and victory over satan and all the works of darkness (Col 2:15).

Nothing in this world is greater than the one who dwells in us (1 John 4:4). The power on the inside of us is the same power that raised Jesus from the dead (Rom 8:11). Just think of that. Jesus said we would do the works He did and even greater works than these (John 14:12).

This gets me excited just thinking about it; how about you?