God is the only one who can change a soul, and such a miracle is part of the “Mystery of Christ.” When the Lord truly comes into a life, there is affective change. He can change the heart, the attitude of a mind, emotion and behavior. As you continue to walk with the Lord, there is growth, maturation, and continuous change. It is both a natural and healthy progression to desire this improvement, or sanctification.
There is, however, a worldly cynicism which espouses the idea that “people don’t change,” “you can’t change a tiger’s stripes,” or “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” but in God’s economy, it is not true. With God, the vilest soul can be re-born, old mindsets renewed, bad habits defeated, and addictions overcome. Again, this is a mystery, but the Scripture bears witness to this:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: The old has gone, the new is come!”
So how does true change happen? With God, and only God. He gives the strength, the will, and the desire. He makes provision for miracles –small or large– to take place.
We do, however, have a part. We must desire the change, seek Him, and follow Him in faith, trust, and obedience:
- Come to the Lord. Our first responsibility in change involves coming to Him and fully dedicating your heart to Him. This involves repentance and asking forgiveness for faults and sin, provided through the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us.
- Dedicate your life to Him. This is a commitment to entrust God with your heart, soul, mind and body.
- Pray. Ask the Lord to change you, or something in your life. From asking for a new life, heart, or attitude, to asking for help defeating habits, addictions, unforgiveness, hatred, or dissension. You can also intercede for others.
- Wait for the Lord to accomplish the task.
I realize that this may seem easy. It’s not. Waiting is not easy, and many people find prayer a challenge. Humility is a necessary component in dedication. Believing God for change requires faith, submission and patience.
But the effort is totally worth it. God does miracles when we ask Him.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”2
I have experienced miraculous change. A few highlights:
- God made me a new person when I gave my life to Him at 24 years old. He opened my eyes to Jesus, forgiveness, redemption, and justification. He made me new person.
- He delivered me from a 10 year smoking habit. I haven’t smoked a cigarette in 25 years.
- He helped me to lose my desire for alcohol.
- He helped me forgive those who haven’t asked for forgiveness.
- He gave me confidence and boldness.
- He enabled me to have the endurance to study to become a minister while being a mom, teacher, wife and church volunteer.
Now, I am asking for new things. One thing is weightloss, which has been a great struggle for me. The Lord has already helped me lose 15 pounds this past summer, and for health’s sake, I need to lose at least 15 more. I could never have done this without prayer.
Nothing, absolutely nothing is impossible with the Lord. We can believe great things for ourselves and for others. Give the Lord your requests and wait and see how He helps you. This makes me so excited, and makes me want to praise Him. I am thankful!
1 2 Cor 5:17
2 Hebrews 11:6