BE OPEN FOR A CHANGE

17 June, 2018

Are you bored of routines, your clothes, car, shoes, work? It’s not surprising! For we are all made for change. Barrack Obama’s election campaign highlighted the theme, “Change” and that won him the election. Nature embraces change, and we enjoy the changes it brings. New seasons, white winters that break into spring, summer rains, autumn breeze, birds flying to southern skies, are all changes that are inevitable! When everything else undergoes change, we cannot resist it. It is through change that we reach our destiny.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says that the old passes away and the new is established. God has woven changes into our lives. We don’t look the same when we are 16 years and 60 years. Some changes are hard and uncomfortable, and some are easy and exciting. Life is a series of changes. Our God is a God of seasons. He appoints the seasons in his wisdom. Sometimes days are short, and nights are long, summers are very hot, and winters are very cold, plants wither in some season and in some they grow. We are not in control of the seasons in our lives and our breakthroughs may seem too long. In every change, God gives us a new revelation and strength.
Change is something new and different from the old. It means to become something new from the earlier form or condition.

Change is inevitable in man’s life. But God is unchanging. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is the only unchanging one in the entire universe.

And everywhere else there is change whether you like it or not or whether you resist or not. And it is through these changes that we can get to the destiny that God has set for us.

During my travels, I met a man who was a simple taxi driver. He was in his late thirties and was tired of his tedious monotonous simple life. There was only one prayer he had, and that was for God to change his life. The man had an idea once to buy inspirational and educational books and read it during the breaks he had between driving. He managed to read several books that finally elevated his thinking and one day he had a business idea to start his own taxi services. And now he is the owner of a well-established taxi company. This is what change will bring you. Reading helps people improve themselves. Learning a language during your spare time will do you great good. It will change your perspective on things and change you as an individual.
Pastor David Yonggi Cho learned the language Japanese by studying it during his lunch breaks and now he preaches in Japanese too. Nothing is impossible if you believe in the Lord and resort to Him. In Luke 19:1-10 we learn of how the life of Zacchaeus changed when he encountered Jesus.

There are three types of people based on change:

1.    Immovable People: They are stubborn and will not change.
2.    Movable People: They will change if others push them.
3.    Movers: They are people who instil change and will move others.

According to Howard Hendrich, there are five different attitudes people possess:

1.    Early Adaptors: 13.4% are ready to adapt to change even before it happens.
2.    Slow Majority: They will eventually change but will take time to do it (34%).
3.    Reluctant Majority: Comprises 34% people.
4.    Antagonistic: When all the above type of people can be changed this is a group that opposes change and will never change, but they are only a minority and is 16% of the total.
5.    Early Innovators: 2.6% will be early innovators.

In our lives, we make mistakes and have failures. But remember God will turn everything for our good. There was once a painter who was hired to paint a house. While he was painting the rooms the cleaning boy accidentally tripped and spilt some paint on one of the walls. He was afraid of what the owners of the house would do to him. But the painter took a piece of charcoal and made a huge beautiful landscape painting on the wall incorporating the stains made by the cleaner. The family on seeing the finished house was very pleased with the outcome. Similarly, our God is the master painter of our lives. Be assured that He will, in fact, turn everything for our good even if it was our mistake.

Acts 2:1-4 depicts how God uses wind to bring change. This is not just in the spiritual sense but also in nature. Whenever there is a violent wind the weather changes. Winds bring changes to your life and in nature. The history of the church was changed in the upper room with the starting of a violent wind. The wind also changes the direction of our journey. A wind can change the direction of mighty ships. Deuteronomy 32:10,11 reminds us not to be stubborn to change and to leave our old ways and traditions; instead of resisting. If so, God will have to take drastic measures to get us out of our comfort zones.

I remember having high hopes for my future when I was in college. After I gave my final exams I had great expectations for my results. But unfortunately, I couldn’t clear one of the papers and as a result, I had to wait another year to complete my degree. I was highly disappointed; however, I did not want to waste any time, so I gathered myself and started working as a teacher. I ended up loving the profession so much that I continued working as a teacher after completing my degree. This served as a foundation when the Lord chose me to teach and preach His word. Likewise, sometimes God might deliberately take you out of your comfort zone and it might hurt, but it is to make you fall into the future that He has charted out for each one of us. This is because only He has seen the big picture of our lives.

In the past many people opposed to the steam engines, radio, television, computer etc. They even said that it wasn’t from God and He wasn’t in favour of the particular progress. But look how advanced we are today because of these inventions. God is the author of all the changes around us.

Principles about change:

1.    God is the author of change: Isaiah 43:9, Romans 12:2
2.    Man has a history to resist change: Acts 8:1 God scattered the apostles after the persecution of the church, so the word of God could be taken everywhere since the disciples did not obey the great commission and only preached to the Jews. They remained in their comfort zones until God stirred them up.
3.    We are called to be agents of change
4.    Yield to the Holy Spirit for change: Matthew 9:16,17 Only if you are open to change can God do something new in your life.

A change sometimes may feel like being rubbed by a sandpaper but eventually, all your imperfections will be smoothened to reach God’s perfection in your life.

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About the Author

Br. Damien Antony 

BRev. Damien Antonyorn and brought up in a Christian family, Br. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.