Summary: No matter how long we have been a Christian, we still need to be changing to be like Jesus
“I have resolved to stay married, because it is so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”
The man from the mountains of Tennessee who found himself in a large city for the first time, standing outside the door of an elevator. He watched with interest as an old, haggard woman hobbled on the elevator, and the door closed. Just a couple of minutes later the doors of the elevator opened and out stepped a young, attractive woman . The father turned to his youngest son and said, “Hey, Billie, go get your ma!”
Seasons Change, Times Change, Nations Change, Music Styles Change, Technology Changes, Our Cultures Change.
Our Personal Lives Change, Our Marriage Life Changes, Our Body Changes, and Financial Situations Change.
Although God never changes, He is constantly moving us toward perfection, He is constantly trying to move us to perfection!
Some people will change when they see the light. Others change only when they feel the heat.
It is strange that, while praying, we seldom ask for change of character, but always a change in circumstance.
It takes a lot of will power to change….It Takes Guts To Get Out Of The Ruts!”
God Is The Only “I AM”; We Can Only Say “I Am Becoming.”
The world is passing away: This is powerfully illustrated by the life of Lot in Sodom. After a while, he was sitting in the gates of the city as one of Sodom’s civic leaders. He had worldly status, influence, wealth, and comfort. Yet, it was all taken away in a moment when the judgment of God came upon Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot put all his eggs in the wrong basket, and was burned by the fact that the world is passing away.
Change Your Name
A man in the Army of Alexander the Great who was also named Alexander, was accused of cowardly actions. He was brought before Alexander, who asked what his name was.
He replied softly, 'Alexander."
'I can't hear you," the ruler stated.
The man again said, a little louder, 'Alexander."
The process was repeated one more time, after which Alexander the Great commented, 'Either change your name or change your conduct."
1 Truly God is good to Israel,
to those whose hearts are pure.
2 But as for me, I almost lost my footing.
My feet were slipping, and I was almost gone.
3 For I envied the proud
when I saw them prosper despite their wickedness.
4 They seem to live such painless lives;
their bodies are so healthy and strong.
5 They don't have troubles like other people;
they're not plagued with problems like everyone else.
6 They wear pride like a jeweled necklace
and clothe themselves with cruelty.
7 These fat cats have everything
their hearts could ever wish for!
8 They scoff and speak only evil;
in their pride they seek to crush others.
9 They boast against the very heavens,
and their words strut throughout the earth.
10 And so the people are dismayed and confused,
drinking in all their words.
11 "What does God know?" they ask.
"Does the Most High even know what's happening?"
12 Look at these wicked people—
enjoying a life of ease while their riches multiply.
13 Did I keep my heart pure for nothing?
Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?
14 I get nothing but trouble all day long;
every morning brings me pain.
15 If I had really spoken this way to others,
I would have been a traitor to your people.
16 So I tried to understand why the wicked prosper.
But what a difficult task it is!
17 Then I went into your sanctuary, O God,
and I finally understood the destiny of the wicked.
18 Truly, you put them on a slippery path
and send them sliding over the cliff to destruction.
19 In an instant they are destroyed,
completely swept away by terrors.
20 When you arise, O Lord,
you will laugh at their silly ideas
as a person laughs at dreams in the morning.
21 Then I realized that my heart was bitter,
and I was all torn up inside.
22 I was so foolish and ignorant—
I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you.
23 Yet I still belong to you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
leading me to a glorious destiny.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak,
but God remains the strength of my heart;
he is mine forever.
27 Those who desert him will perish,
for you destroy those who abandon you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter,
and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.