How To Change Your Life
Everything we do in life always starts slow, let me explain. Typists start slow as they learn how to type, but through practice, they improve. Carpenters start their trade slow then improve through practice. We improve our skills through practice and learning more about our field of interests. Even lawyers learn what works and what does not work.
Think back to when you first heard about Jesus. We learn about Jesus and see people who have changed their life because of Jesus. Why? So why did these people change?
Scripture tells us, Romans 10:17 KJV
” So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
People hear the word of God and choose to believe or reject the word of God. Most people make a decision on what they will do with the information God’s word gives them. If they choose to believe God’s word, they get saved. But often, these believers do not consider the rest of God’s word.
I am not saying they do not read or study or learn God’s word, they do. These new believers are actually like a sponge absorbing God’s word. But they are getting head knowledge more often than not. But if they used God’s word to get saved, why don’t they use God’s word for other things in their life.
All the head knowledge is great but doesn’t one have to use what one learns? Putting knowledge into action produces results. How can you understand capitalism if you do not put the principles of capitalism to work? How can a musician be a musician if they only use head knowledge and never play?
Can one be a Christian if they know and understand what God’s word says but they never act on what God says? And if you act on what God’s word says, what is the difference between a successful Christian life and a mediocre Christian life?
One night I had a talk with the Lord. I asked him if that is all there is to a Christian life – go to church Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night and read and study your word? After I asked God that, I heard inside me, no, there is a lot more. I asked what am I missing. Since that night, the Lord has shown me things I did not know.
It bothered me because I asked the Lord, I have been reading and studying your word regularly for 30 years and why didn’t I see that? Why was this never taught? Why didn’t my church explain this? I’ll never forget when I realized we are actually in a battle with beings we can not see, Ephesians 6. I remember asking the Lord out loud, how do we fight against things we can not see? I heard inside me, Do what Jesus did. Immediately my mind went to Jesus being tempted of the devil in Matthew 4.
Matthew 4 gives us three examples of Satan attacking, how Satan attacked and how Jesus fought against Satan. Jesus used the word of God. If we use the word of God to get saved, why don’t we use the word of God for other things like Jesus did?
We learn a lot of things from scripture that help guide us through life. We learn how to deal with people who come against us because of our faith, we learn about sowing and reaping, about work, about growing our spirit man and bringing our flesh under subjection. We also learn we are in a battle with beings we can not see. So we learn there are beings in the spirit world that our fleshly eyes can not see.
You see, the battle is always between what God says and what you see in your present reality. Believers have two paths, their walk through this world in the flesh and the walk of their spirit man. Paul tells us to bring our body into subjection to our spirit man.
1 Corinthians 9:27 KJV “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”
Galatians 5:16-17 KJV “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”
Galatians 5:25 KJV “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”
If you, as a Christian, walk the flesh path, you are working and building what you see in this world and you feed your flesh. We know scripture tells us, in this flesh dwelleth no good thing. So if you spend your Christian life on things in this world, things you see in this world, things you want in this world, you are living in the flesh and are called by God’s word, a carnal Christian. Your flesh gets puffed up and you live for the desires of your flesh.
And if you walk the spirit man walk, you learn how to use God’s word to win battles. You learn to trust and lean on God and his word so no matter what your present reality is, you trust and believe God and his word. Then everytime you go through a battle and you call on the Lord God to help you, and he does, it builds your confidence in the Lord and his word. You see things change based on God’s word because you are using God’s word, not only for salvation, but for every day of your life. That is what strengthens your spirit man. And no matter what you see in your physical world, you believe and trust God and his word and you speak what God’s word says out loud.
Once you continue strengthening your spirit man and keep speaking God’s word about a matter, people will notice something is different with you and they will pay attention. A good example of this is the Thessalonians.
1 Thessalonians 1:8 KJV “For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.”
Why did the people notice? Because these believers had evidence of the working power of God’s word. God’s word not only has power to save souls and the evidence is a changed life, but God’s word has power for growing our spirit man and our every day life to change us and the things in our life.
Until next time.