One of the most beautiful truths of the Gospel is that people can be redeemed by the blood of Jesus and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are then presented clean in front of the Most High God.
I believe people can change. But not on their own, at least not for the better, and not forever
My Own Issues
I struggle with mindless eating. I wanted to call it snacking but since I promised to be honest I have to call it what it is. It’s particularly bad when I feel isolated or lonely. Sometimes I have to do something I don’t want to do (like paperwork for my job) and sometimes I don’t have anything to do (let’s call that avoiding doing what I don’t want to do). So I eat. And I’ve told myself many times I need to stop. Because I do. But I fail over and over. Then I realized maybe it wasn’t about the food.
Food is the symptom, not the problem. It’s a physical manifestation of a spiritual struggle. Who’s in control of my life? Do I believe in a God who can intervene at any time in any circumstance? Do I trust He is good, His plans are good, and His WAYS are good?
My alone time can be constructive or destructive. I can let the Spirit do His work or shut Him out.
But I have to let Him.
The Real Issue
You can’t change you. Or anyone else. It’s not about the food. It’s about the brokenness in each of us. We all carry it in different ways. It’s a surface problem. The deeper issue is our separation from God. Instead of focusing on losing weight or changing our bad habits, we need to focus on opening our hearts to the Holy Spirit.
While each of us is free from the curse of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we still carry the scars of sin and give in to the lies of the enemy. We don’t have to sin. We choose to.
As we come to know more of the revelation of God, He will reveal the dark places, the lies that remain in our hearts. And He is faithful to light us up with His truth.
“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”John 8:31b-32
I have faith that as I get closer to God the lies of the enemy will get quieter and sin will lose power in my life.
I can’t change me. But God can.
Let Him Work
No matter where you are on your journey or where you’ve been in the past, change is possible through the movement of the Holy Spirit.
God loves to calm the restless, heal the broken, and use the unlikely.
Our pursuit of the Savior can’t be motivated by guilt but must be anchored in love. No one grows in a climate of fear and shame.
The path is not straight and many times it feels like climbing up the side of a mountain. But our God promises that with faith and time, He can move those mountains for us
But sometimes, in His infinite wisdom, He doesn’t. He lets us keep fighting, keep struggling. For me it’s about control. I don’t know what it is for you. Just don’t give up.
Lean in. Pray with desperation. God hears you.
He may not answer how or when we want, but He is faithful to His good plans; both for us and the world around us.
Let the Holy Spirit in. Let him start remodeling your heart. And one day will be the today you were waiting for; the day you see God’s will weaving through your life.
I believe people can change. In fact I believe we should constantly be changing, constantly molded into the image of our Creator.
God is searching for you.
“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ And he said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.’”Genesis 3:8-10
Will you hide in shame like Adam and Eve in the Garden or will you be found?
Give the Holy Spirit access to the dark depths of your soul and He will be faithful to transform you.
“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”Romans 8:26-27
At all times and all places, the Spirit moves in an open heart.
Pray for Change
Transform my will to Your will, my ways to Your ways. Holy Spirit, change my eyes to match His, my heart to His heart.
“Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.”Matthew 6:10
It’s a dangerous prayer to offer up. Our desires will change, our lives will change, and our world will change.
Books, programs, godly friends, and professional help certainly have their place in helping us to root out the sin in our lives. But it all starts with opening the door for the Spirit to move.