The Change IS Coming…Part One
by Alissa Lynne Griffith
(Pittsburgh, PA )
Are you feeling like you do not know what you should do, how do you make that change in your life – what is the way to do this very thing? How can we change in Christ? We are starting a new series today…
Each week or better yet, as God gives it to me, we will discuss different aspects of change and how to make the changes that are needed in our lives…change is not easy but one thing can make the change a little easier for you…
Prayer, Fasting and Reading the Word…
How many times have you heard this? About a million times right, well that is because it works. How can you begin to know what direction to go in if you are not reading the word of the Lord on a daily basis, how can you know His voice if you are not praying and fasting to hear only Him?
The word says in Hosea 4:6 (KJV) - My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
The knowledge that you are lacking is His word and His voice…when it is time to change it is crucial that you hear God and know His voice. I receive tons of emails (some of you have written me too – you know you have) on how do we know God’s voice and one of the first things I always ask is how much are you in His word and talking to Him. I do not mean reading just a couple of passages but actually reading a chapter or two a day. I am not talking about saying a 5 minute prayer (although that is a start for those that do not pray) but praying as you go through your day and being silent to hear back from Him.
Many of us start doing this very thing but when things start to get better in our lives, we get lazy and stop talking and reading as much, yet here is my question – why are you allowing satan to steal God’s glory by giving up His word and your relationship with Him for the things of this world, when in reality as many times as you have done this, He has shown you leaving Him out of things changes the very relationship that you have not only with Him but those around you too.
We struggle with knowing Him because we will not commit to reading His word and talking to Him. It does not have to be the first thing in the morning although that is an awesome way to start your day and it will get you moving in the right direction in your day. Yet here is another thing, having a hard time reading it, start listening to it while you are reading or even just listen to it. It will help you get accustom to His word and starting to know His voice for His word – the Holy Bible is His voice.
I never thought I would learn anything from the books of Chronicles but man I am learning a lot about not just God but myself too. The entire bible is God’s voice, want to know what He is saying, read His word and know what He has already said and what He is saying to you through His word.
We are so quick to turn on secular music as we ride in our cars, or take some kind of public transportation when we could be listening to the word of the Lord in the car (yes I know that is just too much for some but guess what you most likely need to do it more) or how about turning off the secular music for once and listen to songs that are uplifting to the Lord and sing songs of praise to Jesus. This is called setting the atmosphere to hear from the Lord more, but you have to be willing to turn off that other music off…no I do not approve of secular music when you are trying to hear from God. Yes God will use anything and anyone to reach us, but one thing I do know is that His word is true and the world and God do not mix for we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but spirits and principalities. Do your research on the music industry and maybe you might be broken from the bondage that some songs hold you into…which is a whole other topic.
Yet to hear from God, we need to stop trying to hear everything and everyone else so that we can hear Him clearly without clogged ears and hearts. In setting things in this kind of motion, we begin to prepare ourselves to accept and embrace the change that is coming into our lives.