Summary: Do we need to change our hitching post? Change can be good. I know when you will change, when it gets too painful to stay the same...
FLEECE TO CHANGE?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com This is a two part lesson. 1
CHANGE YOUR HITCHING POST?
A cowboy lived in the west. This cowboy was known throughout the whole area as a wild man. He was a heavy drinker and party man. One Sunday he attended church and had a glorious personal salvation. Everyone could see the difference and the ole drunk promised God at the altar to abstain from all his former behavior. But when the cowboy came to town he always hitched his horse to the post outside the local saloon.
The Preacher said: NOW, GEORGE, I am much older than you are, and I have some good advice for you. Just listen, NO MATTER HOW STRONG YOU THINK YOU ARE, IT WOULD BE A GOOD TESTIMONY AND A GOOD OPTION FOR YOU TO AT LEAST, CHANGE YOUR HITCHPOST.
Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.
Jeremiah 33:3 (MSG) 'Call to me and I will answer you. I'll tell you marvelous and wondrous things that you could never figure out on your own.'
Jeremiah 33:3 (NLT) Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.
OFTEN WE PASSIVELY SIT BY THE ROAD AND WAIT FOR CHANGE TO OCCUR...
GOOD HEALTHY CHANGE COMES NOT BY ACCIDENT, BUT BY A DISCIPLINED PLAN.
People seldom plan to fail, they fail to plan and thus are doomed to failure.
Job 14:14 (KJV) If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come.
Job 14:14 (MSG) If we humans die, will we live again? That's my question. All through these difficult days I keep hoping, waiting for the final change—for resurrection!
The experience of Change often leads to worry, weariousness, and anxiety.
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING TO ME?
This darkness might lead us toward the great light...
This trouble may cause us to find REAL PEACE...
Say to this mountain --- my heart shall be FIXED, I shall not be moved ---
GOD GIVES US A STILL QUIET VOICE TO HEAR AND CHANGE...
WE MUST SEE WE HAVE GREAT NEED TO CHANGE ---
HAVE WE LEARNED THIS TRUTH: I KNOW WHEN YOU WILL CHANGE ---
WHEN THE PAIN OF SAYING THE SAME BECOMES GREATER THAN THE PAIN OF STAYING
THE SAME, THEN YOU WILL CHANGE.
There was a time when God gave clear orders from headquarters WHEN TO CHANGE...
This was a visible GUIDANCE and LEADERSHIP.
Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
WE TEND TO DEMAND A FLEECE TO DIRECT US TO CHANGE ---
While God no longer uses a pillar of a cloud by day, or a pillar of fire by night...
WE TEND TO DEMAND A FLEECE TO DIRECT US AND FORCE US TO CHANGE.
GOD STILL LEADS HIS PEOPLE... We have the tendency to look for GREATER SIGNS...
There is only ONE FLEECE IN THE BIBLE AND THE MAN OF GOD DID NOT BELIEVE IT AND HAD TO BE REASSURED EVEN AFTER THE FLEECE WAS CONFIRMED TWICE.
Often the call TO CHANGE WILL COME BY A STILL SMALL VOICE... 2
1 Kings 19:11 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
12 And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
WE DEMAND THE WIND, THE FIRE, THE EARTQUAKE, HOW ABOUT A BOLT OF LIGHTNING HERE GOD... THEN I WILL CHANGE...
1 Chronicles 14:14 Therefore David enquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 15 And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.
To we must realize CHANGE IS ABOUT YOU:
• YOUR ABILITY TO SEE THE NEED TO CHANGE