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Change Is Good When Changing For God

  8/24/2016, devotion for week #34 
  Reference: Therefore anyone in Christ is a new creation. Old things are passed away behold are things are new, II Cor. 5:17.

Change is good. Haven’t you heard that expression? In many ways, it’s true especially when considering a quote by Dr. Maya Angelou: “I am changed by what happens to me. I am not reduced by it.” You can put the new you, the changed you to the test. 

You may be in a situation that has tried your faith for a long time. It's been months maybe even years. Yet by the grace of God, the situation in all of its twists and turns still has not reduced you.

Instead, you are amazed that you have been extraordinarily blessed with a sense of increase. You desire more of the things of God. You yearn for a greater intimacy with God and for sharing His goodness and who He is with others. All of this, in part, is because you have the right attitude about change.

When you tell others that you have so much to be thankful for, you're not just jumping on the bandwagon of spiritual clichés. It is a truth that overflows from the depths of your heart.

You see at some point as believers in God and followers of Jesus Christ being led by the Holy Spirit, we have to get beyond just a doctrinal rendition of our faith.

All that we say we believe about God should be based on personal situations as we walk with God every day. Our belief in God should not be so abstract. Yes God is real, real in our (my) soul. So that means when we're confronted with less than favorable circumstances we're not alone.

It’s not “just you and me against the world.” God is with us. We have to not only decide to go through the tough times but also to grow through tough times. When we grow through as we go through, then we're in a better position to change for the good. In this sense, change is good because we’re changing for God.

The Apostle Paul wrote in II Cor. 5:17 that we are new creations in Christ.

Whenever we are hit head-on with unforeseen trials, we are in a greater position of power than we realize.

You know the old you. Nothing beats discovering the new you. 



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