God is Working Change in You

July 10th, 2013
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In today’s chaotic world the words change and hope have taken on new meanings and implications. It seems that no matter what our present circumstances may be, we tend to take some measure of comfort in things remaining “the way they are.” Although we may desire change, the need to stay in our comfort zone can make us resist it—which minimizes our goals, achievements, and overall success in life.

God is always in the process of changing us forward: spiritually and otherwise. This is why we can have great hope for the future. We can know that as we trust and live for Him, God will keep moving us in new directions (that is, change) to fulfill our destiny and purpose. We can understand that, in everything, He’s working all things together for our good.

Whether or not we are comfortable with it, change is a constant. So, let’s flow forward with God’s changes and we’ll experience His unlimited power in our lives.

There are two levels of our struggle against change: external and internal. The greater part of this warfare is learning to see beyond external manifestations to recognize the internal—the inner person. Even those closest to you, may not be aware of your internal battle, but if you lose focus internally it can put you into bondage on both levels. This is why so many have developed a mentality of struggling against change, instead of believing God and embracing change.

Keep in mind that personal change becomes corporate change. God initiated change for the nation of Israel by first changing Moses, then Aaron, then the leaders of Israel, and then all the people. Later, He commanded Israel to possess the promised land (Canaan). Israel’s acceptance of God’s order to change would impact nations.

God delivered the first generation of Israelites out of Egypt, but they never saw themselves as His “change agents.” They couldn’t imagine their corporate role in God’s process of what others would become. Because that generation stayed in bondage internally, it restricted what they were able to do externally. Accept in your mind that you are God’s change agent; as you embrace your destiny, your life will impact others.

Finally, I want you to see change as a tool for spiritual growth. So, as changes come externally let them move you into deeper intimacy with God. Change comes internally when God initiates change in you, and you become His “agent of change” externally. If you keep your focus on God in the midst of change, He’ll use you in ways that you could never imagine.

In spite of many challenges, God has blessed me with forward momentum, spiritual energy, and divine synergy with others for His kingdom and glory. As you read my story you will be encouraged to believe God and rise above every circumstance.

Early in life, I struggled with traditions and orthodoxy in the Pentecostal church. It was an all-consuming part of my world, and I was identified by its influence. To accept God’s change I would have to renounce all the traditions I had come to know and believe. Eventually, I would even have to change geographically, which would mean severing family relationships and moving away from the people, places, and things I loved.

As I matured in my faith, it became important for me to remove any spiritual limitations that hindered me from receiving more of God. I faced many challenges during this process, but my personal change ultimately led to a corporate manifestation—forming the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship (FGBCF) and the “distinctives” that give this movement its character. From its inception, the FGBCF gave others who were experiencing this same dynamic of change the right to choose. They came out of the spiritual bondage of tradition and were released into the fullness of victorious Christian living.

I thank God for “working in me” to do what was pleasing to Him even when I was rejected by clergy colleagues, when I endured a mental breakdown, and when I contended with cancer. I thank Him for girding me up during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, when my congregation was literally dispersed nationwide. I can’t express how thankful I am to the Lord for upholding me and my family when we suffered the loss of loved ones.

God is ever faithful. He has helped me focus my heart on Him in every circumstance. The losses of life can be transformed into gains for God’s kingdom glory as we remain focused on Him.

excerpted from: Changing Forward: Experiencing God's Unlimited Power by Paul S. Morton. Copyright©2012 Abingdon Press. Used with permission.

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