Christian Life Devotional
How Can We Change?
January 30, 2016
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plant growing out of a tree stumpIt is possible. And even the impossible is possible. We all have areas of our life that we want to change, but for one reason or another we have not been able to change. Unfortunately, way to many people abandon any hope for change once a period of time has gone by where they do not see any progress. It is like the majority of New Year’s resolutions. Most people don’t make it past the first two weeks before abandoning their goal, which is long before they might see any real progress.

Being over 50 has come with a new change for me. I am having a much harder time getting rid of some flab that just lingers, even after I work out fairly consistently. I recently, heard someone in the medical profession make the comment, “It is possible to be in shape but still be fat.” What? I have always equated being in shape with having no fat or little fat, but it seems that as we age we naturally carry a different kind of fat that does not go away with the same workout routine. A matter of fact, I have recently read some research that shows just working out more will not get rid of that extra fat. It says that the older we get we have to change our workout up and apply more discipline to our diet and change our routine. You see, I have been encouraged – it is possible to stay in “shape” as we age! That is a “shape” that looks in shape, not just a good heartbeat covered with layers of flab. But, it will take a new more disciplined routine. I have recently started a new routine with a new level of discipline – I’ll let you know how it goes.

These same principles that we can see for keeping our physical bodies in shape can be applied to keeping our souls in “shape”. You see, without watching over our spiritual life, we can become spiritually flabby very quickly. And ultimately, the consequences of being spiritually flabby are more destructive than becoming physically flabby.

“…Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” -1 Timothy 4:7-8

So, let me play the role of spiritual coach for you right now. I want to give you a spiritual workout routine that comes with guaranteed results. It is guaranteed not because I am backing it with my know-how and money back guarantee, it is guaranteed because God Himself promises results to those who follow Him.

It is possible! All things are possible with God. He has done for us what we could not do for ourselves. There is no greater good news in all the world than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” –Romans 1:16

This salvation that we have in Jesus is powerful. There is no wound, no trauma, no pain or hurt, no abuse, no darkness that cannot be defeated. Jesus came to change us, to transform us into the people we were created to be and to live an abundant life far greater than we can even imagine. It is possible! But it requires that we play our part.

Spiritual workout for life change:

(1) Preach the Good News to yourself everyday

Remember F.A.T.

F.ill Me Holy Spirit

A.waken my Heart

T.ransform my Life

(2) Apply the 4 P’s of Transformation

Preach the Good News to yourself everyday

Put off the old self (life before Jesus)

Put on the new self (life in Jesus)

Proclaim the Good News of your testimony to others

(3) Workout with Faith Friends

We all need a circle of faith friends to pray with us, to encourage us and we all need a church family to be a part of to stay growing.

Let’s start working out! Life change is possible! Because of what Jesus has done for us.

 

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About author

Stephen Woodrow

Steve is the pastor of Crossroads Church in Aspen Colorado. He is married to Meshell and they have 5 wonderful kids.

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