Do you know that you will never know what is in you until
you're pressed out? Can you stand the pressure? Will you change
for the better?
"Well, I never really finished school, and I'm trusting God to
bless me with that."
College isn't in your house! You've got to get up and go to
school. Nobody is going to knock on your door and say, "Excuse
me. Did you want a Master's Degree? I sensed that in my heart
when I was at the admissions office. Your name and address just
came up in my spirit, and something told me to come and bestow
one upon you." Yeah, right!Just like Gideon, a lot of us need to lighten our load today.
Gideon had too many people in his camp, and, therefore, had to
forsake quantity in order to have quality. The people around him
had to be the right kind of people. Being laden with too many of
the wrong people is a sure-fire way to stunt your spiritual growth
This morning, write down the things that you need to change.
Be honest with yourself. If you are quick to have an attitude and
fly off of the handle, then you should know that you need to
change that area of your life. Search yourself and change.
Know this: From this day forward, you are not going to be
pitiful. You are not going to keep crying. You are not going to be a
wimp or afraid. You are not going to be cast down or burdened.
You're not going to be distressed or depressed, overwhelmed or
overtaken. You will not be fearful or frustrated, worn out or weary.
You're going to be saved. You're going to be defended. You're
going to be charged with a new strength and a new power. You
are God's anointed. In fact, you need to just say that aloud; "I am
God's anointed. He protects His anointed; He takes care of His
anointed; He brings His anointed out."
This is a different day for you today. This isn't yesterday or
yesteryear. You're not even the same person you were then.
Come up out of the past. This is a new era in your life. Refuse to
be a new person living in an old world. Refuse to be a new
person living in an old year. You're new. Whatever you didn't
accomplish in the past, forget it. Don't let that hold you back.
Have the courage to start all over again. Whatever area you
failed in before today, let it go. You are not the same person that
failed. You changed.
There's a whole new commission and brand new direction for
your life. Don't let the enemy get you stuck in your old order.
Don't get stuck trying to finish the old order of an old year just
because you created your own deadline to get that thing
completed. If you didn't finish it and you missed your deadline,
don't keep banging your head against the walls of procrastination,
condemnation, and regret. Change.
How much longer are you going to keep thinking about what
you could have done, should have done, and would have done?
How many times are you going to regret not being where you
want to be in your life if only you hadn't done such and such?
Constant regrets are just causing you to halt positive change from
occurring in your life.
Some of you don't understand how deep this is. Sometimes,
you've even got to go as far as changing your wardrobe, because
you're just not the same person anymore. Some of you are going
to have to move out of the neighborhood you're in; you're not
the same person anymore. It's a brand new day. This is a new
era for you.
The Lord is going to save you, raise you up, send you
strength, and send you help. Everything you need is going to be
there for you, if you'll only dare to embrace change and change.
If you never embrace change, regret will constantly besiege you
and make you very miserable. You'll always measure yourself by
what you should have done, rather than what you actually had
the courage and faith to do.
Embrace change this morning-don't run from it. If you have
to read this one devotion every day until it seeps deep down in
your spirit, then do that. Don't be afraid. The Lord has blessed
you with everything you need. Your dreams and your goals are
from Him. Everything you need, He's already placed within you.
Begin to birth change in your life. Push yourself. Set daily goals,
and don't allow your past to become your prison. Break out. You
can make it. Tell yourself that you can do it. If you never hear a
single person affirm your dreams and tell you that you can do
this, then just begin to prophesy to yourself.
Change. Push it through. Birth it this morning. Travail and
weep for it. Break condemnation and every force that binds you
up. You're pushing yourself to a new level. Push it through. You
were not given the spirit of fear, but of love, power and a sound
mind. Put a demand on God this morning. Let His Word come
alive in your spirit.
When you enter into prayer today, tell the Lord that you want
to be changed. Ask Him to help you embrace change as never
before. Tell the Lord that above anything else, you want His will
to be done in your life. I cannot stress that enough. It is His will
that is ushering in change this morning. It is so critical at this
point in your life that you do not act on your own self-imposed
will. Don't get caught outside of God's special grace today by
making changes not commissioned by Him. Allow the Lord's kingdom to come and
His will to be done in your life.
Call on the anointing to go into the crevices of your mind and
the depths of your spirit, and pull out everything that's unlike the
My friend, you are entering into spiritual warfare this morning
to kill your consistent resistance to change. Annihilate your rebellion
to making the changes God ordained for your life. Destroy
the very root of disobedience in your life. Make sure that you
grab a hold of this; God is giving you a special grace to embrace
change this morning. He's redirecting your course. He's shifting
you to your next level. Be willing to undergo the transformation.
Bind up fear, and loose your faith today. Take the opportunity to
give God the praise. He is your protection, your leader, your
guide, and He is your Spirit of truth. It's time to grow up,
mature, and embrace change today, in Jesus' name.
When something changes, there's no need in becoming undone
because change is supposed to happen. In fact, change always
occurs for your benefit. There are some comfortable areas in our
lives where if change did not come, we'd still be stuck in those
things until Jesus returns.
Stop letting change impact you negatively. Learn how to
operate in it and use it as a tool for your maturity. Question yourself,
"Okay, I'm changing in this. This isn't the way it used to be.
What level am I to operate in now? What's going on in my life?"
Sometimes the Lord is urging us to change certain areas in our
lives. He'll say, "I want you to learn how to communicate; I want
you to learn how to not get so angry and watch your temper."
Unfortunately, we often do not heed the lessons of the Lord.
Know this: The Lord will never allow you to stay untaught. If
He's trying to teach you a lesson about your emotions, then you'll
learn it one way or the other. If He's telling you to watch your
tone of voice and how you behave, then certain situations will line
up in your life to make sure you correct that facet of your life.
For instance, someone may do something that would usually
upset you. Rather than succumbing to strife, you'll remind yourself
to watch your temper. That is embracing change in your life.
Now, you'll either learn that way, or the Lord will set you up
in another situation where you'll have to learn the hard way. You
could be in a crowded church hallway just after the service
ended, and because someone bumped you the wrong way, you
start a yelling match in front of everybody. Because of your
rambunctious and disorderly behavior, you're finally forced to
change. Your embarrassment provoked you to humility. Perhaps
the next time you'll pay a little more attention to God when He's
trying to change you for your own good.