From the inside out

As we delve into the word of God, the holy spirit will change us. These changes will happen as God changes how we see the world. Often, our biggest changes can be felt within, long before they can be seen. We will begin to feel a paradigm shift internally, long before our actions fully follow with our new line of thinking. These changes our going to be the ones that are most authentic. As the word of God takes root everything about our worldview will change, these new principles will work their way out into practices. Anyone can decide to act different and condition themselves to do it, but over time they will revert to their previous self, because only change that begins on the inside is a real and substantial change that will stand the test of time.

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

The first step to real change is the renewing of our minds! Our outward actions must reflect our inner thoughts and attitudes or we are fake. Authenticity will go a long way. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life and I am thankful to him that he is alive and relational and that he meets me where I am to make me like him. The path to change is always through Jesus, but we are all coming from different places, while our end point is the same (to be like Jesus) our beginning is not. Keep this in mind when you meet people. You don’t know what God is doing in the depth of their soul.

God is changing them the same way that He is changing you. One precept at a time. Some are just starting out, others are further along the road, and none of us will get there until we have gone home to be with Jesus in heaven. Lord, help me to see others as you do. Help me to love them as you do and to be more aware of the changes I need to make than the changes my fellow sojourners need to make. Change me, Lord as I dive deeper into your word!

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Blue Screen

My computer recently experienced the dreaded blue screen of death. I was working away, not saving as often as I should of course, and all of a sudden everything just froze. Next thing I knew I had the blue screen telling me that there was some error that the system couldn’t recover from. No matter what I did, I could not get the system to reboot. Doesn’t that sometimes feel like a metaphor for life?

You work, and press on, moving forward if even at a slow pace and then all of a sudden something happens that stops you in your tracks and it seems that no matter what you do, there is just no way to pick up the pieces. Sometimes, this is a major life changing event like a loss of something or someone dear. Other times, it is just an overwhelming sense that you can never get where you are going. I have experienced both.

It is a good thing that our God is not tied down by our finite understanding and vision of His plan. Nothing is on accident. God always has a plan and a purpose. In these dark times, it may seem that we have nothing, but there is always just enough light for the step we are on. Cling to Him!He will guide the way. This is our most true reflection of Him, when we cling to Him in our weakest moments. Knowing full well, As Todd Agnew sang that “when my hand is weak and tired, your hand still has a hold.”

Mathew 12:20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory.

No matter how little it is that you have to give, keep giving it to him and he will sustain you.