Why is it So Hard to Change ?
A question we most commonly ask in frustration when we have failed to complete a resolution we have made to ourselves. The answer to this and every possible question we have in our lives can be found in our life manual, our constitution if you will.
Romans 7:15-25 explains in detail that the good that we would want to do, we do not do; but the things we do not want to do is what I end up doing (paraphrased). The scriptures go on to confirm how miserable we usually feel as a result of failing to meet our goal or to meet our expected end. Why? Because there is always a battle going on between two forces, the law of the mind and the law of the flesh (sin). Therefore, in order to succeed in making lasting changes, we must conquer the flesh which is our default setting, by a renewal of the mind.
One of the keys to winning the battle for our mind, can be found in Romans 12:2b we must be transformed by the renewing of our mind. It sounds quite simple but in reality renewing the mind requires you to first unlearn everything that we learned previously. Isaiah 43:18-19 says to forget the former things for God is doing a new thing in your life. He is confirming those feelings that you have, you know intuitively ( within your spirit) that he is stirring up a desire within you that requires you to make a change to a particular area(s) of your life.
Friends understand that it takes work and you must follow the protocols necessary to facilitate the change. Scientists believe that your very DNA is working against you through a process termed Cellular Memory. Where your past hurts and experiences are held not only in your mind but in your heart. They believe that this is what is passed down to your children through epigenetics. However we know that they are appeasing the worlds’ need to discredit the things of God or to find a logical explanation for the things of the spirit. We know that generational curses and familiar spirits are visited from the fathers (parents) to generations (Numbers 14b).
Remember, the bible informs us that every seed bears after its own kind. While I do not want us to be discouraged for if any man be in Christ he is a new creation and has the power to transform her life, I do want us to understand that it takes a commitment and sacrifice on our behalf.
So understand that some of the opposition you are receiving to your desire to change is spiritual and requires a spiritual plan of attack. If you are reading this you have most likely already passed basic training which is accepting Jesus Christ as your saviour according to 2 Corinthians 5:17. The second step is to suit up for battle by putting on your battle attire found in Ephesians 6:10-17, and the third and most powerful weapon would be via prayer and fasting. Mark 9:29.
In our last lesson we talked about setting goals based on the will of God for our lives. For many of us there are certain changes, habits or curses that must be broken in order for us to move forward towards those goals. If you have already identified those areas of your life feel free to share (or not). If you are not sure, then pray according to Psalm 139 v 23-24, search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there be any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Over the next few days, contemplate on those changes that are needed and let’s work on a plan of attack, so that we will make transformative change that will last.