We all have areas where we would like to see growth and change. And we all have weaknesses just as we all have strengths. But if we’re trying to change in our own strength, we’re just going to have frustration.
Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain” (NIV). This scripture is saying that it is not by our power, but by the grace of God through the work of His Holy Spirit, that we change and grow in life.
It doesn’t really matter what our strengths or weaknesses are because we will always need God. The truth is, we’re desperate for God all the time whether we feel like it or not. And we are promised in 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (NIV). God wants us to give Him everything we are not and His strength will be made perfect in us.
So, how can we change? Sometimes when we’re anxious to see change happen, we feel pressured to do something. But John 6:28-29 says, “They then said, What are we to do, that we may [habitually] be working the works of God? [What are we to do to carry out what God requires?] Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger]” (AMP).
The first thing we need to do is just believe, because it’s not by our own effort that we are changed. God is not just with us, He is in us. And He will do through us what needs to be done if we will just stop trying to do it ourselves.
Believing is a spiritual activity and is the first step to change. So how can we tell if we’re believing in God to bring change in our lives? Hebrews 4:3 tells us, “For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest…” (AMP). God’s rest is an internal rest that says, “I’m not worried…I’m not frustrated…I’m not upset…I’ve entered the rest of God.” It’s not a rest from work; it’s a rest we have in work.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post