Summary: Jesus is the master life changer, He is in the life changing business, His grace, mercy and favor will revolutionize your life if you will let it! Praise God, thank You Jesus for your faithfulness!! Let me tell you how He changed....
Jesus offers, Real Change, Real Hope
The new year, comes around so quickly it seems like and it usually brings so many the opportunity,
to reevaluate the different things that they want to see come about in their lives.
New things they want to see happen, new habits they want to see form, take root and develop.
While hoping somehow the changes, that they want to make,
will happen with just the mere saying that, “next year, things will be different”
And that alone, will be enough to kick the old things and the old way of life to the curb, once and for all,
And somehow presto chango, everything will be better, just by waking up the next morning after!
The good news is today, that making a life change is possible,
but its not something that you can accomplish on your own, at least for an extended period of time.
Doing that, definitely takes some supernatural help, thing is most people don’t think that they need any.
That’s why so many people fail with their resolutions each and every year!
Matt. 19:26 NKJ
26. But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Making a life change, is not an easy proposition!
You see, whether you have a lot of material wealth, or whether your having a hard time making ends meet, it doesn’t matter!
As long as your trying to do it on your own TBS.(the bible says) its impossible.
A lot of people talk a good game, their always making resolutions and promises to themselves and others as well,
but the sad part is, that nothing ever seems to come to fruition in their life.
This affects people from all aspects of life
They may very well be church goer’s, who have heard the word all their life, never missed a service, very steeped in religion.
The bible tells of one such story and its found in Matt 19:16-26 MSG.
16.Another day, a man stopped Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?"
17.Jesus said, "Why do you question me about what’s good? God is the One who is good. If you want to enter the life of God, just do what he tells you."
18-19.The man asked, "What in particular?"
Jesus said, "Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as you do yourself."
20.The young man said, "I’ve done all that. What’s left?"
21."If you want to give it all you’ve got," Jesus replied, "go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me."
22.That was the last thing the young man expected to hear. And so, crest-fallen (very sadly), he walked away. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and he couldn’t bear to let go.
23-24.As he watched him go, Jesus told his disciples, "Do you have any idea how difficult it is for the rich to enter God’s kingdom? Let me tell you, it’s easier to gallop a camel through a needle’s eye than for the rich to enter God’s kingdom."
25.The disciples were staggered. "Then who has any chance at all?"
26.Jesus looked hard at them and said, "No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself. Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it."
You see, it says "No chance at all if you think you can pull it off yourself, but every chance in the world if you trust God to do it for you."
With God involved, we are insured 100% chance of success, but without Him,
we will never experience everything that God has for us, as long as were involved in the equation of obtaining it!
That kind of thinking is, the way of the law kind of thinking and the young man had done that, but to no avail!
Notice how he said, I’ve done this and I’ve done that, what else must I do?
He must have been the one who coined the term I ye I ye I,I,I!
TBS. vs. 21. "If you want to give it all you’ve got," Jesus replied, "go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me."
In other words, quit making it about what you have done!
That was the last thing in the world, that he was expecting to hear.
He had been singing;
“I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.”
Okay Lord, “everything, except for that!”
If we want to experience all that God has for us, we have to be willing to surrender completely