We have heard this saying a couple of times – which is true! When we say change, it is to make radically different; to be transformed or to make different in some particular. We know that there are lots of factors in this world that could contribute to our environment and to us – individuals – to change. And the result of its transformation could be for the betterment or for the worst. As an individual, how could we change our lives to get better?
We could change our lives and get better by changingthe way we think, the way we behave and the way we act. Let’s talk about self-controlas an example. According to my source, self-control is the ability to control oneself, particularly in one’s emotions and desires or the expression of them in one’s behavior, especially in difficult situations. And it’s probably one of the hardest things to master, most especially to young ones who are full of enthusiasm and aggressiveness to explore things. How often have we been defeated by a bad habit, a lousy attitude, or a wrong mindset? We make promises to improve. We ask someone to hold us accountable. But deep inside, we know that we don’t have the will or the ability to change. We can talk, we can plan, we can read self-help books, but we still find it difficult to overcome and control many of the things that are inside us!
Thankfully, God knows our weakness, and He also knows the remedy! The Bible says,
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
The only way to be changed and get better is by allowing the Holy Spirit to control us. In other words, our key focus is not effort but surrender—to live moment by moment submissively trusting in the Lord rather than in self. Paul says this is what it means to “walk by the Spirit”,
“So I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.”
Galatians 5:16-18 (NIV)
Just as a surgeon operates by means of a scalpel, we are to walk by means of the Holy Spirit. We are to be consciously dependent upon Him in attitude and choices. Yet there are two fields of influence that pull us in different directions. The term “flesh” is used to describe the old sinful way of life that seeks to live independently from God and exhibits behavior displeasing to Him. The “Spirit” refers to those behaviors that flow from the indwelling Christ and produce fruit exemplifying His character. When we walk by means of the Spirit, we can say NO to the flesh and YES to the Spirit!
So, are you ready for a change? You can change, for God is in you! As you surrender to Him, He will help you bear the fruit of His likeness. We are truly in need of God’s power so that we might change and grow. We have to surrender ourselves to Him and let our God help us to understand how to be submissive to Him that we might be filled with His Spirit.
Change for the better. Then help change the world by setting an example to others!