Many people want to change their lives, but there’s a difference between wanting to change and taking steps to change. Change is possible. But first, a person must be willing to change. When obstacles arise (and they will), it’s tempting to throw in the towel altogether. Instead, by changing one’s mindset, it’s possible to change one’s life for the better.
When someone sees the need for change, they have reached illumination. It is, to be precise, a light-bulb moment—the point at which a person finally understands their situation in a whole new way. As Ephesians 5:8 (MSG) says, “You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So, no more stumbling around. Get on with it.”
Once a person realizes their need for change, inspiration is a necessary step to change. They can ask God for His help and guidance. Change may be needed in several areas of life—self-talk, addictions, dealing with emotions, and cultivating community. Anyone who asks God for the courage to change will be transformed into the person God wants them to be.
Socrates once said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.” An individual must ask themselves if their life measures up to God’s standards. Anyone who wants to change can start by evaluating their life according to God’s Word. No one is perfect. As one is inspired to make changes, they must take a good hard look at how they measure up to God’s standards. But after examining their life closely, they should be more inclined to want to live in obedience to God’s Word.
When one understands that the life God has for them is beyond what they could even imagine, they have reached the step of motivation. Walking in His truth and staying obedient to His Word are secret weapons to developing a purpose-driven life. The more someone seeks the kingdom of God and all His righteousness first, the more used of God they will be.
No matter what a person has been through, giving up should not be an option. If a person falls, they should get up and try again. God gives second chances—He wants everyone to succeed. With Christ, all things are possible. Stay in the fight and keep reaching for the prize. Anyone who has overcome obstacles has a tremendous amount of determination—they won’t give up. For them, there is no excuse good enough to give up, so they persevere. The more determined they are, the stronger their transformation will be.
Supernatural things can happen. Persevere until change comes; be of good courage. A person is a champion because of God’s ability to change them. Everyone matters to God, and He has unique plans for each person. James 1:12 (NLT) says, “God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”
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Adapted from, Lose It for Life, by Steve Arterburn and Dr. Linda Mintle