Jesus, Holy Spirit map successful life changes

Voices of Religion

Posted: Friday, June 08, 2007

The longer we live the more we come to understand that get-rich-quick schemes are not what they promise; there are no free lunches and anything worth having is worth working hard enough to obtain it.

It seems that most of us are hard-wired to want the short cut, the easy way to get the results we want, and something for nothing. The hard truth is, we get what we pay for almost all the time.

If you would take some part of today and inventory your life, would you find you are happy with where you are?

If you are married, is your marriage everything you want it to be? Are you financially free or are you deep in debt? Are you fit or are you overweight? Are you happy with your life? Do you feel that today you are a success?

If your answers to the above questions are not what you want them to be, let me be the one to give you the straight truth: It’s going to be a lot of work to turn your situation around.

The good news is, it can be done. The price will be high to make positive change in your life, but then what is the alternative? Positive change will come at a price, but it will be worth it for you, for your marriage, for your children and for your future.

There is more good news if you decide to make positive changes in your life. The good news is, there is incredible help available for you.

By allowing Jesus to come into your life, you will have access to more power and help than you will ever have on your own.

The reason your life may be less than what you want it to be is largely because of the sum total of the choices you have made in your life up to this point. Yes, we do get some bad breaks, advantages are not evenly distributed, and we are affected by other people’s choices to some degree. But if we will look at our own responses to the situations of our lives, we need to accept the responsibility for where we are today.

When Jesus comes into our lives, he forgives all our past failures and bad decisions and he accepts us exactly as we are at that moment. However, he does not leave us the same. He is working in our lives the moment we invite him in. We get a new lease on life; we get to start over; our past is no longer our future.

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we read: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

With Jesus, your past is not held against you, you start out on a clean slate. The additional good news is that the Holy Spirit will also come to help you. His job is to assist you in making good choices. He will always lead you to the truth.

John says: “However, when he, the Spirit of truth, has come, he will guide you into all truth,” John 16:13.

With your past forgiven by Jesus and the Holy Spirit helping you by guiding you to the truth each day, you have such incredible advantages to assist you with life change that you did not have before.

There is one more piece of good news you need to know about. The Bible is the truth to help you move forward in life.

When the Holy Spirit is helping you, the Bible ceases to be just information, it becomes the road to transformation. The Bible helps you think differently about life and about the world we live in and teaches you to navigate this life in a more successful way.

In Romans 12:2, we’re told: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Face it, it’s going to take a lot of work to change the direction of what is not good in your life. Change is not for the lazy or for those who are looking for shortcuts.

If you are ready for real change, Jesus is waiting to help you, the Holy Spirit is ready to point the way and the Bible will be your road map to successful life change.

Stephen Brown is a minister at the Kenai New Life Assembly of God, 209 Princess St., Kenai.

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