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Fall, the season for change!

Hebrews 12:1 NIV 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Hebrews 12:1 NIV 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

This Fall I hope to put into place some disciplines I have set aside throughout the Summer months. Though I used to carefully watch what I ate, this Summer I have slipped into some bad habits that have changed the shape of my body! Bad habits, physically, spiritually or emotionally always change us. We allow things to slip in on occasion at the beginning, the odd extra piece of cheese, that desert we usually would bypass etc. and before we know it, we are  allowing more and more of the very things we should be avoiding into our life.

It’s the same situation with our emotional life. If we allow things to sap our emotional strength such as a lack of sleep, spending too much  time with complainers and grumblers, beating ourselves up over things we have done, we begin to suffer emotionally. It then becomes much more difficult to fight off the negative thoughts and patterns in our lives. We become the walking wounded and instead of being a blessing and encourager to others we slowly become self centered and pitiful.

Our spiritual life is no different. When we spend our time watching too much tv, listening to music that does not glorify God or doing anything else that draws us away from time with our Heavenly Father, we begin to suffer spiritually. He has given us many wonderful things to enjoy in this life of ours but He must always come first if we are to keep these things in their proper perspective.  If we are not reading the Word of God, or spending enough time in prayer we become weak spiritually. We don’t recall the scripture we need at times of temptation or difficulty. We tend to try and work things out for ourselves, which usually does not end well.

I have a long way to grow but as with any growth, it has to start somewhere.  My prayer is that this Fall will be a season of new growth, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Just as the leaves on the trees die and fall to the ground, I want those bad habits and patterns I have allowed in my life that are no longer life-giving to be put to death.  Lord help me to lean in closer to You, to stand on your Word and with the help of your Spirit,  to lay aside the things that so easily beset me. Let me use my time wisely and run the race the way you have called me to, putting away the things in my life that are drawing me away from your beautiful presence and are keeping me from fulfilling all that you have designed for my life.

Amen

Hebrews 12:1 NIV 12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

Phillipians 3:12 NIV12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

1 Peter 2:1-5 NIV 2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.As you come to him, the living Stone rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him- you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Are you resisting change?

Sometimes I find myself battling change. Familiarity is often very comfortable. Whether it be on the job, in my home or at church, the familiar is predictable and comfy. However, God never seems to allow me to get too comfy for too long. There are often changes that need to be made in the workplace that I didn’t expect, my home life has moments of victory and moments of sorrow and my church is ever changing.

When we follow Christ, comfy and familiar are not things we should count on. When the Spirit of God moves, there is often change. When it is God inspired, it is always for our good, no matter how uncomfortable we may be at first. Many churches over the years, have been split due to the Holy Spirit bringing about new seasons of growth and some of the congregation rejection the change. Change is not bad. In fact, most of us need it in various areas of our life. When we yield to Christ and allow Him to bring about the changes He desires to in our lives, it is a very good thing!

Phillipians 3:12-14 NIV 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

If you find yourself resisting change, cry out to God and ask Him to prepare your heart for growth. As with most growth, there will be some growing pains but as you work through them your faith will increase and your walk with Christ will produce more fruit. We will never be able to stop change. It will happen whether we like it or not. The important thing is when it is God’s Spirit bringing it about in our lives, we must yield no matter how painful! Instead of resisting, ask God to give you inner peace as He works a new thing in your life. Resisting only draws the growing pains out for a longer period of time. Submit yourself to Him and the changes He wants to bring. Your life will be enriched by it and you will be all the more fit for service!

Isaiah 43:18-19 NIV 18 Forget the former things;  do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up;  do you not perceive it? I

am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.