Hebrews 6:17-19 (NLT)
God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
With each season in life comes change so it seems. Yet, in Ecclesiastes 1:4, Solomon says that the earth is constant and it is people who change. Perhaps it’s true and the change so evident around us is not natural or physical but spiritual and emotional. In the midst of godly change that comes for those who seek Him, it is sometimes hard to remain focused on the outcome overwhelmed by the process of change around us and in us. God does not change His Mind. This is so important to remember when all hell breaks loose in life or things don’t turn out as we planned. The very thing that upends our life bringing about chaos and disruption leads us to peace and rest.
We believe the Lord has instructed us to move from our current home to one in the next county over. I am convinced that God has spoken directly to my heart. As we begin the process necessary to change locations, I sense the stress and struggle of natural change. The list of tasks to completion grows longer and longer. The uncertainty of how God will make this a reality still holds too many variables. The only thing that I know is that the Lord has laid this on our hearts. My office, prayer closet, writing room is overflowing with various contents of our life that have no place in our future house so I am sorting, selling and giving things away. Today, it feels like the process of change is about to fall down on my head. That is until the Lord speaks to me in Hebrews 6. I have been here before. He calls us out upon the water… where our feet may fail. Our feet will always fail us in walks of faith.
Faith is not something our five sense can muster up and validate. It is a product of our very human, weak and wavering heart. In the midst of change, it is natural to try to find a constant something to hold on to that indicates a successful trip. God has given us this promise and an oath that two things are unchangeable. He cannot and will not lie or change His Mind about us. This is the confidence that faith must walk on to go deeper and farther than ever before. It is the sanctuary of peace and rest supplied by total faith and complete trust that God loves us and only wants His Very Best for us enough to continue in the process that threatens our comfort naturally to secure the supernatural blessing God has in store for our life. The anchor of our soul is hope. We cannot have confident hope without steadfast faith. Something is changing but it is not what we think.
Isaiah 55:6-9 (NLT)
Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
To embrace change is to trust God. You cannot move deeper into God’s Presence unless you choose change over comfort. Change is a requirement not a suggestion. Max Lucado said that we change our life by changing our heart. That’s true partially. We change our life by allowing God to change our heart. It’s biblical that God changes the human heart. Tony Robbins said, “Change is inevitable. Progress is optional.” I like that. We can change our behaviors and habits. Choosing to do something different or new because to stay the same and expect different results is insanity according to Einstein. The Lord seeks to give us a new heart. It is not like the stony and stubborn one that we are born with molded into a graven image of self, covered in a thick layer of sin, and bound by every lie the enemy has ever spoken to us or about us. No God has other ideas and plans for our life that are beyond our reach outside of faith and confident hope that those who seek Him will find Him. To do so, one must believe that His Ways are higher and that His Thoughts reside in the realm of hope, too. When we do we will reach beyond the known into the unknown by faith to apprehend that which He has promised us.
Ezekiel 36:25-27 (NLT)
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. Your filth will be washed away, and you will no longer worship idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.”
I want to have a tender and responsive heart. One that is no long stony and stubborn wanting its own way and to be comfortable. God has promised us a new heart. It comes at a high price. Change. We must change to have God’s Promises simply because He never changes. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Change is messy. Change is uncomfortable. Change feels unsafe and insecure. Change is essential to exchange a natural existence for a supernatural life.
Deuteronomy 30:6 (NLT)
“The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!”
I cannot facilitate the necessary changes in my life to achieve righteousness with God. Right standing with God is a gift. (Romans 3:22-26) The plan from the beginning was for people to realize the fatality of sin and accept the Gift of Eternal Life offered by the Son of God to all mankind. We can do better but will never achieve our best outside of the Grace of God. Lives twisted in sin will never be okay. (Ezekiel 7:13) Without godly repentance and sorrow for our sin that leads to change – we will one day succumb to it. (2 Corinthians 7:8-10) No excuses. His Grace is sufficient for me and His Power will work best in my weakness. It is evident in the midst of surrender when He elevates me to live in His Glory both now and forevermore.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NLT)
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.
The Spirit of God in us allows us the freedom to change our life. With a new heart and new mind set on the Lord, we can apprehend every promise hidden and provided for our life. The key to that door is faith and total trust in the Lord enough to walk to the door by faith and open it with confident hope. The unchangeability of God makes this completely possible as we cross over the Jordan into the Promised Land of life. See we are all born with a promise, but it is up to us to walk by faith and receive it. Why did the Children of Israel keep wandering in a circle for 40 years? The Promise kept them going. They complained, bickered, and grumbled…but they kept walking. Faith in God kept their feet moving in the right direction. Hearts set on the Father and His Promise would not give out. Those without faith died in the wilderness. But everyone else kept walking. Those who endure to the end will be saved. I don’t want to give up. I want to make it to the finish line of faith today. Don’t you?
Can an Ethiopian change the color of his skin? Can a leopard take away its spots? Of course, not. It is not the outward appearance that God is after. He is interested in our heart. Has it changed? Am I different where it matters? As Samuel traveled to anoint Saul as king, the Lord told him that the Spirit of the Lord would come powerfully upon him and he would be changed to a different person. The Spirit of God is the power of change in us. We cannot do it by ourselves. Sin prevails in the human heart. It is the Spirit of God that turns the soil of our heart making it fertile. He plants the Word of God in us. He is the One who cultivates the Spiritual Fruit that God desires.
Deuteronomy 12:8-11 (NLT)
“Your pattern of worship will change. Today all of you are doing as you please, because you have not yet arrived at the place of rest, the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession. But you will soon cross the Jordan River and live in the land the Lord your God is giving you. When he gives you rest from all your enemies and you’re living safely in the land, you must bring everything I command you—your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your sacred offerings, and your offerings to fulfill a vow—to the designated place of worship, the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored.”
On the verge of change, I understand that I cannot make me into who the Lord desires for me to be. He is giving me a new heart. A new mind. A new spirit by filling me with His Spirit. So what can I do? I can change my pattern of worship. Warned in Deuteronomy 12:4-7, that as God produces change in our life introducing us to His Promises, making His Blessings come to pass, it is up to us to continue to change our pattern of worship careful to never worship as pagans do. This is a sad trend in church culture as seeker sensitive churches have changed their pattern of worship to attract more people but not to change and equip hearts.
Today tiptoeing on the edge of the change that I know is coming, I want to change my pattern of worship to that which leads to rest and fulfillment. Worship is surrendering our life to God’s Change and accepting all that He has for us by faith not by sight. To enter the realm of hope only expecting God to be good, faithful and true as we engage fully and fearlessly with our God.
Colossians 1:6 (NLT)
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.
Committing our life to change allows the Good News to make its way around the world and change the lives of those who encounter Him. I want my life to matter. I want the change that is stirring inside my heart even though it is uncomfortable. Like the tilling of soil to make it fertile and ready, I want my heart to receive the difficult message regarding change so that I am ready as it comes. Fully surrendered to the power of change and willing to do what it takes to achieve it.
I Peter 1:3-5 (NLT)
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.