Tuesday, May 7, 2013

You CAN Change!

Silencing the Lie: "It's too hard to change. I can't do it."  


Why? Why do we keep running back to the same old things? The same points of pain? The same thought patterns? The same lies. They always lead to same result. The result we don't want. Why? Why is it so hard to change?

"I'm scared of change," she told me. I've heard this so many times from different people. My own heart has screamed those same words. It reminds me of this quote I've heard before and it so often rings true: 
"The freedom she yearned for was scarier than the chains she was shackled by, for they were familiar, and well worn, and freedom an unknown."
Take a second and read that again. Let it sink in. Think of how it applies to a past situation in your life. Or even how it currently fits something your fighting. The fight for freedom is worth it. Most of us know that, as we've fought for it before... and won. Nothing feels better than the joy and peace found in true freedom.

The unknown territory of what's ahead, of life change, of freedom-- can be intimidating. Another lie that seems to come into play often is: "But what if I don't change? What if I can't do it? I go right back to the way I used to be? The same old things?". That's a big "what if". I say let's turn it around to: What if we really believed God's promises? What if instead of striving, we rely on God more fully and lean into Him. Because that is a fact... it might be impossible for us. It most likely is impossible if left up to our own will-power, our own strength, our own fight. Not so with Him.
"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'" (Mark 10:27 NIV)

You are not alone. As a matter of fact, if you've been trying to do it alone-- no wonder you're so disappointed. You have to walk continuously with Him and rely on Him. When things are in our own control and manipulation, when we are trying to orchestrate everything on our own and doing it in our own power, we will fail. When we ask for forgiveness, invite Him to take the lead, trust and obey Him-- we will see change.

Tomorrow is a new day. Embrace Him, embrace the full life you were created to live.
"The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." (Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT)



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