CHANGE: What are you expecting?

Many at times, people don’t believe they can be completely changed. And often they don’t believe other people can change. But the only thing that never changes is God (Hebrews 13:8). Knowing for sure that resources, time, and seasons in change are controlled by Him only, from generations to generations. And He wants us to dare to believe that He “is able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly, far over and above all that we ask or think i.e. infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams” (Read Ephesians 3:20 Kjv).

The question is what are you expecting God to do for you? Maybe you’re having a hard time believing that you, your colleagues, kids or family member (s) can change, your marriage can improve or that you can ever lose weight, get a better job or get completely out of debt. Alas! Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

God’s thoughts and plans for us are “for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” As a Child of God, saved and renewed, He has a good plan for you, even if you are yet unsaved, He is calling on you to obtain your salvation through Jesus Christ for free, and you can dare to believe He can heal you anywhere you hurt and help you with every problem you face. It’s time to start expecting more from God than you’ve ever believed He would do for you before.

The key to having what God wants you to have is learning to think like He thinks. Sincerely, Romans 12:2 teaches that we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, haven been saved “no wrath except there is sin”. Discovery shows that there are several ways we need to change our thinking so we can live with the mind of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:6).

We need to CHANGE our thinking about…

  • GOD: It’s so important for us to know who God really is. He’s not an angry God, and He’s not “harsh, hard, or too pressing, but comfortable, gracious, peaceful, lovely and pleasant, who only exercise His wrath on sinners that refuses to change, and the righteous that stops being righteous” (Matthew 11:30). God loves you, and if you know how much He loves you right now, then you’ll have hope that the things in your life that need to change can be changed.
  • OURSELVES: If you don’t like yourself, you’re going to have it difficulty in every area of your life. Don’t demand perfection from yourself. No one is perfect, and no matter what we do, we usually don’t think it’s enough, only that we are not to confine ourselves nor stay stagnant at a point, knowing that we have not yet attained it all until the end of the race: Sincerely, we don’t pray enough, work hard enough, study the Bible enough, etc. In short we’re never enough, but God is always more than enough.”  That’s why Jesus came! Believe that, in Christ, there’s more right than wrong with you, and you can do whatever you need to do in life through Him (2 Corinthians 5:21; John 15:5; Philippians 4:13).
  • TRIALS, OR THE PAINFUL (hard) THINGS WE GO THROUGH IN LIFE: Habakkuk 3:19 says God is our strength and He will help us to “walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make spiritual progress upon high places of trouble, suffering, or responsibility!” Thus, James 1:2-4 encourages us to “consider it wholly joyful … whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials,” because “the trial and proving of your faith” are what God works through to make us “fully developed … lacking in nothing.”
  • WHAT OTHERS THINK OR SAY ABOUT US: It’s easy to let what others do and say affect us, and to feel like “If you don’t like me, my day is ruined.” But the truth is, if we’re more concerned with being a people-pleaser than a God-pleaser, we won’t become what God created us to be and do what He’s calling us to do (Galatians 1:10).

You are hereby encouraged to study scriptures that reveal God’s true character and His heart for you. And dare to believe that there’s nothing in your life He can’t change for good— including you!

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