You Asked For It: How to Change
We all have areas of our lives that we excel in and areas that seem to be more stubborn. Satan often uses the latter to bring us under guilt, condemnation, and shame.
Romans 7:15 (NLT) I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate.
UNDERSTANDING THE CYCLE
- It becomes a part of your identity. “It’s just who I am.”
- You feel increasingly hopeless.
- You become defensive. People can’t speak into your life.
- You become a slave.
- You begin to lose your life. Give up on your dreams.
Romans 6:12-14 (NLT) Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God . . . live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart..
BREAKING THE CYCLE
1. Go all in and get rid of the excuses.
Luke 14:18-20 (NIV) But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
2. Make the break.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (GWT) We are surrounded by so many examples of faith, we must get rid of everything that slows us down, especially sin that distracts us. We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up . . . focus on Jesus.
1 Corinthians 15:33-34 (NIV) Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning . . . .
3. Fill the void. Christianity isn’t about what you stop doing, it’s about what you start doing.
- Give your life to Jesus. An all in commitment!
Ephesians 5:18 (NIV) Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
- Get in a small group. You can’t fix it by yourself. You weren’t designed to do it alone.
Proverbs 28:13 (NIV) He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
Ecclesiastes 4:8-12 (NIV) There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil . . . . Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up . . . . Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
James 5:16 (NIV) Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
- Find your purpose in life.
The best way to solve your problems is realizing that there is something bigger than your problems to live for. Successful people don’t have less problems, they just have purpose.
Acts 20:24 (NLT) But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.
Paul had his eyes on a prize. Some of us don’t have a prize.
- Live your life for the good of others.