...seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. Colossians 3:9-10.
How wonderful it is to know that we have a guideline to holy living. A road map to salvation. Our very own GPS to get us to the kingdom of God. HOW SWEET!
God has laid out His infinite plan for our lives. All we have to do is READ and OBEY. That's it. He extends to us His promise to never leave us nor forsake us ( Hebrews 13:5). All we have to do is trust Him with all our hearts, and lean not to our own understanding: In all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct our path ( See Proverbs 3:5-6).
But, that's sometimes easier said than done. Why do we shiver at the thought of change? Even when we know that the change is for the better. Is it the fear of the unknown? Or, because we don't see the necessity in it? What ever the reason may be, change is inevitable. It will happen regardless to whether we want it to or not.
But there's hope. We have hope in Christ Jesus. Hope that we have been made overcomers through His death and resurrection. He tells us in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." Therefore, we don't have to fear change. Change is good. Especially if it's going to allow us to have a closer relationship with Him. God does not give us the spirit of fear, but of love, power, and a sound mind (See 2Timothy 1:7). Fear is an attack of the enemy. Knowing this, we can not allow the enemy to rob us of our destiny. God has embraced us with possibility of being a new creature. Are we really going to snooze on our opportunity to become this new man? Are we going to allow the fear of change, (which we know is an attack of the enemy), keep us from being all we can be in Christ Jesus? Are we going to become weary in well doing when we are specifically told that in due season we shall reap if we faint not (See Galatians 6:9)? I DON'T THINK SO!
GOD is so faithful to us that He proves himself to us day after day. He extends to us His grace, mercy, and most of all His unconditional love regardless of our attitude or behavior toward Him. Who wouldn't want to serve an awesome God like Him. Who in their right mind would deny him/herself the opportunity to become as Christ-like as they possibily could? The only way to do that is to embrace the change that the Word of God will bring forth in our lives. Allow his Word to take root in our hearts and souls, so that when trials come, we can be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as we know that our labour is not in vain in the Lord (See 1Corinthians 15:58).
Since we know that God is faithful to us, let make a conscious decision to be faithful to Him. Let's show Him our gratitude and appreciation for all that He has done for us, is doing for us, and will continue to do for us until the day He calls us home. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 1:24-25