Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. SEE, I AM DOING
A NEW THING! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am
making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.”
The Big Question: “How’s this going to affect me?”
The Reality of Change: If we don’t change, we don’t grow!
3 Kinds of Christians:
- Christians who don’t change (Produce one-generation churches)
- Christians who change with the world (Produce carnal churches)
- Christians who change the world
Luke 5:36-39 NIV
He told them this parable: “No one tears a piece out of a new
garment to patch an old one. Otherwise, they will have torn the new
garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old. And no
one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the new wine will
burst the skins; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.
No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins. And no one after
drinking old wine wants the new, for they say, ‘THE OLD IS
Tools to Help Navigate Change:
- Attitude is everything.
“We cannot choose how many years we will live, but we can choose
how much life those years will have.”
Proverbs 23:7 NKJV
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than
the past, education, money, circumstances, failures, successes, than
what other people think, say or do. It is more important than
appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a
church, or a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice
every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We
cannot change our past nor can we change the fact that people will
act a certain way. The only thing we can do is play on the one string
we have, and that is our ATTITUDE. I’m convinced that life is 10
percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it. And so
it is with you. WE ARE IN CHARGE OF OUR ATTITUDE.” —
“A negative thinker sees a difficulty in every opportunity.”
“A positive thinker sees an opportunity in every difficulty.”
Philippians 4:4-9 NIV
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your
gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious
about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with
thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,
which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds
in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true,
whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is
lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or
received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And
the God of peace will be with you.
- Keep your heart pliable with God.
The key to pliability is meekness.
Meekness: a combination of humility and teachability
Matthew 5:5 NKJV
“Blessed are the MEEK, for they shall inherit the earth.”
The METHOD is always changing.
The MESSAGE never changes.
- Be willing to give up what you want for the sake of what God
John 12:24-25 CEV
“I tell you for certain that a grain of wheat that falls on the ground will
never be more than one grain unless it dies. But if it dies, it will
produce lots of wheat. If you love your life, you will lose it. If you give
it up in this world, you will be given eternal life.”