Summary: Pride leads for Fall. Fear leads to confusion. Rebellion leads to destruction. Laziness leads to poverty. Ignorance will lead you no where. Faith in Jesus leads to change.
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Change is one of the most difficult things that we face in life. One reason we do not like change is because we get comfortable where we are. We get used to our friends, job, the place we live in and even if it is not perfect we accept it because it is familiar. What happens because we are not willing to change is we get stuck in the past, instead of moving forward into what God is about to do.
I want to tell you, “God is preparing you for a greater destiny. He is bringing a new season of refreshing.” My question is: Are you ready for a change? Are you ready to break that cycle of day-to-day life and receive the change?
I am talking to somebody who’s tired of going around and around the same old problem. You have had enough in your life; enough of lack, enough of fear, disappointment, discouragement, and shame. Somebody here needs a turnaround and God is going to do it today. Amen!
Five hindrances to change.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pride says, “I don’t want to change.”
Pride does things his own way. Humility does things God’s way. Pride says, “I don’t need to change.” Pride says there is nothing wrong with me. You are the one to change not me. As long as there is pride in your life you will not change.
Too proud to change will lead your life into a fall.
Fear says, “I am afraid to change. I am afraid to take risk. I will live in the average rather than stepping into something new. Fear can make you afraid to change or take risk based on what happened in the past. Jonah was afraid to step into the call of God. He instead took the ship the opposite direction. It led to confusion.
To fearful to change leads to confusion.
Don’t settle for the least, God has the best for you but you need to be bold for a change.
Step out of fear, step on to the love of God. 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is made perfect in love.
Pride says, “I don’t want to change.”
Fear says, “I am afraid to change.”
Rebellion says, “I don’t need to change.”
This is like a little kid. If you are rebellious you lose. King Saul is a perfect example.
Too rebellious to change leads to destruction.
In 1 Samuel 15, the Lord spoke to Saul through Samuel to attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle—everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed.
The next day when Samuel reached Saul he said, “I have carried out the Lord’s instructions.” But Samuel said I can hear the bleating of the sheep. Saul said, “The soldiers took the sheep for sacrifice in the temple.”
1 Samuel 15:22-23 22But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. 23For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”
Saul lost his position, he lost his kingdom, he lost his anointing, he also lost his life in the process.
Laziness says, “I don’t feel like changing.” It is too hard for me to change. I don’t want to work to change.
Too lazy to change will lead you to poverty.
Proverbs 6:9-11 9How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? 10A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— 11and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man.
I don’t know how to change. I never thought about changing. If someone told me I could come out of my situation. I want to address such people today.
Ignorance towards change will lead you nowhere.
You see change is inevitable. Whomever God called and used God brought seasons for change and refreshing.
There was a time when Israelites set toward the wilderness along the route to the Red Sea. The Lord Said: Deuteronomy 2:2-3 2Then the Lord said to me, 3“You have made your way around this hill country long enough; now turn north.