The need to change
Synopsis of Bible Study 01/07/09
Delivered by Bishop Walker III
We need to understand the power of change. Change can be a difficult place. When we access life, it is challenging to see that we are where we are supposed to be.
Living a Christian life is about transformation. In order to transform, you have to be open to positive change. This is sometimes difficult, because we are set in our ways. When God wants to move us into another direction, we often resist the transition. When God is about to move you to another dimension, you have got to be open to change.
When we see God’s glory, something happens to us. We can only see God’s glory in worship. When we see God’s glory, we see us for who we are. Once we see God’s glory, we have a measurable objective. We were born in the image of God. Before becoming a worshiper, we didn’t know who we were supposed to look like, so we looked like other people even if doing that meant dysfunction. The closer we got to God; we realized what we were supposed to look like. We will never be perfect, but we should always be striving to be so. When we look back a couple of years, we ought to see some changes, because of our growth. We only see changes if we have grown.
When we worship, we can only worship in spirit. When we worship in spirit, then we see truth. The Devil does not mind us giving God simply praise, because we praise God when he is doing something for us. When he doesn’t we get sour. After we move to worship, our praise is different. Now that we worship, we praise God for what he is.
Active response to Gods will involve constant change. Now God may have you do something that changes everything you ever done. The question then becomes how do we execute this change?
Some Motivational Keys Change
1. Must have a desire to change. Our change is something that pleases God. We can’t change for people, because people change too much. Ex-Guy tells his girlfriend he likes her hair a certain way. She goes to a beautician and gets the change of style. Later the guy comes back and says he likes it another way. We can’t change for people, because people change. We can’t change for someone who changes. We need to change for someone who never changes. God never changes. 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Eph 4:1-3 (KJV). Verse one tells us to walk in the area that you are called with confidence. Verse 2-3 tells us that there has to be changes to fulfill changes with integrity Ex-If you have ever been to New York, you know that you have to be prayed up to ride in one of the Taxis. New York cab drivers drive well, but they are very aggressive. If they were to come Nashville and there was an opening to drive the buses for MTA, we would be concerned. You don’t drive Nashville buses like you would the cabs in New York. Just like the cab driver that came to Nashville, we have to know that it is important to know how to adapt to change. Ex-Many Pastors call Bishop Walker for advice on how to be more effective in growing their church. Bishop says to them that appear to be great Theologians meaning they appear to know God’s word, but the problem is presentation of the word. If you are going to walk in your vocation, you must be willing to change. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Matt 25:22-23 (KJV). Just like the servants master, when we change, we ought to want to hear God say to us, well done. God knows sometimes you can’t handle what he has planned for our life. Often God won’t let us move to the next level, because we are not willing to change in our current level.
2. Bring greater measure of spiritual inheritance. We must reap blessings when we walk in obedience. Ex-There was a woman that decided she didn’t like how she look. As a result, she said she was going to the gym. She set her clock early in the morning to be able to go to the gym, but when the alarm rang, she kept on hitting snooze. Because kept on hitting snooze, she never made it to the gym. She was not will to make the change. If we are not willing to change which is part of the process, then the desired result of what we want will not happen. Without obedience to the process, there will be no change.20 even if our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 1 John 3:20 (NLT). We say we want to be healthy, but in order for this to happen, we must be obedient to the process. If some fried chicken, some ice cream, or some bread is laid in front of you, you must be willing to stay obedient to the process in order to get your desired result. Being obedient will bring forth the desired result. Instead of asking God to remove your challenge, we have to ask God to change our desire. We have to want more than a surface change. If your desire doesn’t change, you will end up slipping back into who you are. Your desire can have an impact on the choices that you make. You have the choice to be full of joy our full of grief. You can be full of hope or full of fear. You can have plenty or live in poverty. For a lot of us, we are willing to change, but not willing to change everything.
a. Principles to change
1. You must have the proper attitude to change. God will sometimes remind you that he is the potter. When God calls you to change, it challenges everything inside you. What do you do when you have years of doing things your way and God calls you to do something different? Can you trust him to say you receive his change? The biggest enemy to us as far as change goes is us. We have got to be able to understand that we have to be open to receive change.
3. Learn to recognize the symptoms to change.
a. How do we know God wants us to change?
1. We start feeling unsatisfied.
2. We start feeling resistance.
3. We start getting the feeling of uselessness.
4. We start having the feeling of lack.
5. We start having the feeling of being out of date with the move of God
4. Learn to walk in the spirit. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. Gal 5:16 (KJV). Your flesh is forever in conflict with the spirit. Paul said it in Romans 7. When he tried to do well, sin would be all around. Physically we are always changing. This further hinders our ability to change. The mind doesn’t realize change is occurring. Ex-We used to wake up and jump straight out of the bed. Now we have to think about it and prepare ourselves to get out of the bed, once we are awake. We simply cannot trust the flesh. We have to walk in spirit.
5. Must know how habits & life patterns work. 24 “When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into the desert, searching for rest. But when it finds none, it says, `I will return to the person I came from.’ 25 So it returns and finds that its former home is all swept and clean. 26 Then the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they all enter the person and live there. And so that person is worse off than before.” Luke 11:24-26 (NLT). This scripture remind us that when we have a spirit removed (change), it must find somewhere to go. If that spirit does not find somewhere to go, it will decide to return back to the place where it left from, but it brings several spirits with it. This causes the person that the spirit came from to be in worse shape than it was before the spirit was removed. This is why we have to be careful with habits. You don’t just wake up with a habit one day. A habit started with a small act that kept getting worse until it became habit. Life is about decisions. Decisions birth habits, habits birth character, and character sparks destiny. Choices-Ex-A person’s one simple choice to take a hit of cocaine led to them to becoming a crack head. This is why you have to be careful about judging people that have been caught up with bad habits. Character births destiny. In other words the choice we made that led to habits affected our character and then affected our destiny. It all started with one choice.
6. We have to understand how to replace bad habits with good ones. 5 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. 6 God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. 7 You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. 8 But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. 9 Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. 10 In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. 11 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Col 3:5-12 (NLT). We are guilty of getting the habit out, but not replacing it with something. If we don’t find something to replace the habit when we change, we face the danger of it coming back. Ex-A person used to have the habit of talking all the time. Now they don’t talk at all. Doing this puts them in danger of being worse than what they are. Remember David said create a clean heart, but he also said renew my spirit. He was replacing the badness that was in his heart.
a. Key to change is becoming aware of habits. How do you think pro athletes get better? The answer is they practice. 7 But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 1 Tim 4:7 (KJV).Stop listening to foolishness. Work out with the word. Ex-Bishop explains when he goes out to eat with the saints; they always turn to him when it is time to say the grace. They think he should do it because he is a preacher. The thing is we need to exercise our faith. We must exercise our word regularly. It is almost like being on a talk show and meeting your father for the first time. If you don’t pray and exercise your word, you don’t know what to say to him. Ex-Bishop explains that when he was called to preach, he read the bible in 3 months. Then he read it again and again. He was one of those people who didn’t know his way around the bible and before he was called. He decided he wanted to be real acquainted with the word. You don’t have to know every context, but you should be familiar with it. You can get familiar with God’s word by exercising it..
b. The blind man’s change. This can be found in John 9. There was a guy who was born blind. The Disciples asked if his parents or he had sinned. They were referencing the Hebrew belief that ailments were a result of somebody’s sin. Jesus said he did not sin nor his parent’s sin. He said his condition was allowed to edify God’s glory. We have to remember if God allowed your dilemma, it may bless you. Jesus said I got to do the work of him that sent me. Jesus spat on the ground, and then he put it in dirt & made it into clay & put it on blind man’s eye. Jesus made a mess to put on the blind man’s eye. A mess is often a process toward change. Jesus is making a mess for man’s break thru, but the man can’t see. Just like this, God will see a mess coming and we won’t see it. It is good that we can’t, because if we did, we would stop it and it would not bless us. Because of this, God won’t always let us see the mess headed our way.
The crowd was probably grossed out by what Jesus put on the guys eye. Like the blind man, we can feel a mess around us, but often we can’t see it. Remember the blind man is blind, but Jesus still tells him to go to a pool named Siloam which means sent. How did he know where the pool was if he couldn’t see? Remember the will of God is found through obedience. For years the blind man went to the pool blind and returned blind. He had developed a system to get to the pool. The difference between before and now is that this time he was sent. When you have been sent, no weapons formed against you shall prosper. This time when the blind man came back, he was sent.
c. Issues with the blind man’s change
1. First problem was with the community. The Pharisees didn’t believe him. In verse 10, they asked how this could be. It was all about his obedience.
2. It broke protocol. Verse 13 said the church wanted to know if his change was done on the Sabbath. When you want a change bad enough, you don’t care about protocol. This caused the church to be split up.
3. He had problems with his family. In verse 10, they the bible says the parents were scared. When the Pharisees asked if the blind man had been blind all his life. The family is verse 19 sent them to ask the son. Because of his obedience, the blind man could see again. The blind man began to tell everyone about how he once was blind, but now he could see.