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Summary: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind".

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Change is inevitable…. Change is a Process.... Change comes to all of us-whether we prepare for it or not. Our lives are in a constant state of transition. Life is always moving forward; nothing ever remains the same. To move forward, you have to leave the past behind. There is no standing still because time is moving forward. To a greater or lesser degree, we are continually being changed--whether suddenly or gradually--into the new, the different, the unexpected, or the untried. Everything in this world is liable to change and it is the law of life. If you don't change your life; your life will change you. The only constant in life is change.

Health may give place to sickness,

pleasure may give place to pain,

plenty may give place to poverty,

love may give place to enmity,

honor may give place to disgrace,

strength may give place to weakness,

and life may give place to death.

The process never ends until we die. We need to remember that “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, that’s why we call it the present. Matt. 6:34 says this: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Jesus told us several times in this section of Scripture to “take no thought” about natural things; clothes, food, shelter, etc. Take no thought means to not be anxious, worried, or troubled. We are not to be worried, concerned, anxious, or troubled about tomorrow. After all, our Father knows what we need. Live today. Live in the now, in our thoughts, we are often somewhere else. Live in the present, by practicing God’s presence every moment of everyday. Rejoice in the Lord. Psalmist says “This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

We need to rejoice in the present. - Robert J. Hastings said “It isn't the burdens of today that drive men mad. It is the regrets over yesterday and the fear of tomorrow... Regret and fear are twin thieves who rob us of today.” And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility. Are you a Change Agent or a Victim of Change? The choice is yours? We must become the change we want to see in the world. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Harold Wilson said “Change is inevitable. He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” If you're in a bad situation, don't worry it'll change. If you're in a good situation, don't be over excited it'll change. If you don't like something, change it. If you're a believer, God has called you to be a change agent in the world, fulfilling His purposes wherever you go. Your story is so much more than your personal life; it’s a vital part of the greater story of what God is doing in the world. Stepping into your role as God’s representative within your sphere of influence will unleash God’s power all around you, changing the world for the better.

All information will cause you to change, either for the negative or the positive. It's up to the individual to accept or reject the information based on the source. In order for us to grow in maturity and in character, we must first gather new information to reach the level we have set for ourselves. We can't allow every piece of information to occupy our mind. Television, radio and what we gather from friends and social media can be a serious distraction. Like everything else, we have to learn how to filter this information that comes into our minds. This is why Knowledge of God is the most powerful source which we can use to change the world. The best changes often start as single, simple thoughts of God. Jesus said “Consider carefully what you hear," (Mark 4:24) Once you submit yourself to the principles of the word of God, change will begin to affect your life. You will learn to accept the change that happens to you under the Biblical principle as being prosperous and productive. When change comes, we must realize that it doesn't come over night. Transformation comes through a period of time and there will be "setbacks". Be patient and allow it to run it's course. Nothing worth having comes easy, but the rewards are worth the effort. The greater the level of assignment God gives you, the more spiritual warfare will take place over you. When God calls you for a mission He will train you for it in a way that best prepares you to handle the mission’s demands.

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