Constant Change and Renewal

A very wise friend told me long ago that the only thing constant is change.  I’m amazed by how true that statement has become in my life over the past few years.  It’s true no matter what the situation is that we face in life whether it’s marriage, family, your job, your hobbies, likes, interests, friends, change is inevitable.  It’s something we all have to deal with, yet it’s something we all seem to fight against.  Nobody likes change.  It takes us out of our comfort zone, forces us to get out of our routines, and causes us to step out often in faith.

I’ve always been a fan of the big neon sign answers from God, but I am finding in my life that I don’t see those very often.  A big neon sign answer doesn’t require a lot of faith does it?  God has been showing me recently that I’m too comfortable in my daily routines, and I’ve had very little faith exercised because of it. He is slowly working this in my heart, and the more I seek Him the more He has been revealing to me some pretty consistent patterns in my life.  This is how the process usually works for me – resist, question, resist, accept, get comfortable.

First I resist the change, and then I question it.  After a period of questioning I usually go back to resisting it before I accept it.  Once I adjust to the changes I get comfortable.  When a new change enters the picture I repeat the cycle.  I struggle with disobedience.  I often doubt that God will do what He says He will do.  I fall short – a lot, daily.  I need Jesus to show up each and every moment of my day, because I know what happens when I do things apart from Him.  I know His Word says that His grace is sufficient for me, that His power is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9), but I often just see my weakness and stop short of accepting His grace.  Often times I believe His grace is sufficient for others, but not for me. If you’re honest I believe there are probably times in your own life where you feel this way.  Feelings often dictate the truth to us, and it’s hard to change that kind of mindset.

This is not one of those struggles that you battle, win, and move on from.  As long as we have emotions (which we should probably always have), this will be a battle we will have to face.  Here is what I think it comes down to:

Are we going to take God at His Word or not?

battle is won or lost in the mindIt really is that simple.  We either believe His Word or we don’t.  Will we be led by our emotions or by the Holy Spirit (which guides us into all truth)? Wait, didn’t this blog post start off by talking about change?  How did we get so far off track?  In order for us to grow as believers, change will be necessary.  Sanctification doesn’t even occur in our life without some kind of change taking place.  I am learning the battles we fight are always won or lost in the mind before anything else happens.  We need the Spirit of God to help us to renew our minds.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.  (Romans 12:2)

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The focus is not first on getting the outside of the cup cleaned up, but on getting the inside cleaned up. In other words, transformation and non-conformity on the outside must flow from a new mind. Be transformed in the renewing of your mind.  Charles Spurgeon tell us:

 That the only way to escape being conformed to the world is to be transformed. The customs of society will lead us away unless the grace of God rules in us with divine power. We are set to prove to the world what the mind of God is: may we have grace to accomplish our mission.

Transformation requires change.  Is it easy?  No, but I’m not sure that’s the right question to ask.  Is it worth it? Absolutely.  If you have followed the Treasuring Christ ministry you have witnessed a lot of change.  The past 2 years have been seen a lot of change, as I have been seeking the Lord’s direction.  You’ve no doubt seen a lot of failures in this ministry over the past 2 years and I praise God for those failures, because He has been teaching me so much through them.  This website isn’t Whitt’s blog anymore.  It’s His.  It’s always been His, but too often I’ve failed to see that.  Over the past few week’s you’ve been introduced to a lot of changes with the addition of a blog team of writers, and you will continue to see additions and changes as the Lord leads.  To tell you the truth I have never been so excited to be a part of what God is doing. Through these writers and God’s story in their lives the vision of this ministry is coming to fruition. He is doing a work in His people and I am blessed to be part in this.

Please show your support for the blog team and comment on their posts, share them on your social media sites, and pray for them as the Lord leads them as a part of a ministry that is centered on making much of Jesus and helping others to see Him as the ultimate treasure of their lives.

5 comments
BrianBookWorm
BrianBookWorm

I've lead myself astray from God, His Gospel, and His Word with pornography, anger, and bitterness and I've been miserable ever since. I have allowed my feelings to dictate truth to me and whenever I get depressed due to my sin and the guilt and shame resulting from it I turn to porn instead of turning to Christ. I've been questioning and wondering to myself whether I'm truly God's child and if I'm one of Christ's sheep. Right now I don't know and I don't want to deceive myself either. I haven't read God's Word in a long time and I've been doubting God and His words from the Bible. I put myself into such a horrible pit for such a LONG, LONG time, falling into these horrible sins that I've mentioned earlier (you don't even know the half of what I've did while professing to being a Christian), depression and self-pity and trusting in my feelings. I'm SO messed up! REALLY messed up and I did this to myself. I fashioned this pit with my own hands, due to my own choices and actions. I feel numb. I don't feel anything. I don't feel much desire for God's Word and it's been so long since I felt such desire I wonder if the desire I felt years ago was ever real to begin with. I'm SLIPPING and I'm slipping fast. Its hard for me to change this mindset of self-pity and trusting in my own feelings and this depression that has plagued me ever since I strayed away from truth.

TreasuringHim
TreasuringHim moderator

@BrianBookWormHi Brian, first of all, thank you for commenting and sharing your heart.  I know where you are coming from, I've been there.  I know how overwhelming and defeating this battle can be.  I want to share something I recently read, and then just a couple of comments about it. 


"Jesus doesn’t need perfect vessels to accomplish his will.  He needs broken ones–men and women who have been slain, humiliated, disillusioned of all their ‘I can do it, really I can!,’ ‘This time I’ll try harder!’, ‘Just give me a little more time and some secret steps, and I’ll get it together!’ self-deception…  The one-way love of God meets us in our failures.  Our failures make His one-way love that much more glorious.  What qualifies us for service is God’s devotion to us–not our devotion to Him.  This is as plainly as I can say it: the value of our lives rests on God’s infinite, incomprehensible, unconditional love for us–not our love for Him.  Such relief!  We can finally exhale!” - Tullian Tchividjian 

After reading your comments and praying, I think that this was very profound truth.  It sounds to me like you are indeed broken and that puts you in a very good position for God to be able to use you.  I will be praying for our Father to make these truths very real in your life, and trust He will lead you back to him.  I am honored to come alongside you and pray with you for freedom in Jesus Christ.  Lord, set him free.

Blackthorn
Blackthorn

Brian, God receives none but those who are forsaken, restores health to none but those are sick, gives sight to none but the blind, and life to none but the dead...He has mercy on none but the wretched and gives grace to none but this who are in disgrace. (Martin Luther)

I was an atheist until age 47, did every bad thing, but God forgave it all. That's what He does. You can make the choice to get back into His Word. A great place to start would be Psalm 51, and read it every day as a prayer.

This morning I read the story of the prodigal son, in Luke 15, and saw myself there. The father wasn't interested in punishing the stray son, but RAN to meet him. The Father is waiting for you with wide open arms!

shaybarnett
shaybarnett

What a timely word today.  I needed it.  Thanks for being faithful!

TreasuringHim
TreasuringHim moderator

@shaybarnett Thanks Shay, as difficult as it was to write this post it has been a lot harder living it out over the past few years.  The words to the classic hymn come to mind "trust and obey" (for there's no other way..singing in my head).  I could have made the blog a lot shorter if I had just wrote those two words. :)