Monday, February 11, 2013

February 12, 2013

 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." II Corinthians 5:17
It is human nature for a person to want to be different and yet resist change. The absurdity of this contradiction seems fairly obvious and yet you and I try to find ways to avoid the pain of change.
We want our spouse to change so our marriage will be different. But we won't change - unless we eventually change spouses.
We want the boss or a co-worker to change so work will be differerent. All the while we steadfastly refuse to make any changes.

When we feel like we are spiritually stagnant we pray that the church will be different or the pastor will change so we can feel different. If that difference doesn't happen then we change churches.

The great John Maxwell said, "People change when they hurt enough that they have to, learn enough that they want to, or receive enough that they are able to."
If you are honest with yourself you will admit that your life is different than it was just a year ago. You have changed and your life has changed and there was not much you could have done to prevent those changes.
In the next couple of months you will be confronted with seven change points or "soulshifts'. Every week you will learn how to change and receive enough to enable you to change. Each "soulshift" will be a chance to change and each will have the potential to make a positive difference in your spiritual life. You may not need to change at all seven points but each change you make will make a difference.
Actually, you will be different even if you refuse to change. It will not be a good change, but you will change.
So, since you will be changing why not allow God's "soulshifts" to happen in your life?
Begin today by reading the preface to "Soulshift".