4 Steps To Making A Turn In Your Life
by: First Orlando | February 27, 2017
Maybe you’re evaluating your life or experiencing a mid-life crisis. You’ve probably tried to make positive changes in your life on your own and failed and you’re determined that this time, things will be different but don’t know how. I have discovered the need to change how I live by understanding who I am in Christ and applying scripture to my life and my relationship with Christ and others. Effective change requires a u-turn in how we live our lives but how do we do that?
4 steps to making a TURN in your life.
1. TRUST God by consciously choosing to commit all your life and will to Christ’s care and control. “If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 (NRSV). Turning your life over to Christ is a once in a lifetime commitment though many of us recommit our lives after a period of time of wandering and doing things contrary to a lifestyle that would be honoring to God. The amazing thing is that God is waiting with His arms open wide to receive us back when we are ready to trust Him with our life once again.
2. UNDERSTAND who God is and who you are in Christ. We begin to understand this as we grow in our knowledge of Christ and in our relationship with Him. I had a difficult time with this at first because in Scripture God is a man and with my past experience with men in my life, I did not trust men and so had an even harder time trusting a man I cannot see. As I began to experience some of who Christ is, my understanding and faith grew hand in hand. In Christ we are:
Redeemed – Isaiah 43:1b (NASB “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine.”
Loved – John 3:16-17 (NIV) “For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. He did not come into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.”
Family – Romans 8:14-15 (NIV) “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, Abba Father!”
As a result, as time goes on and through circumstances that occur God shows more aspects of Himself and our understanding of Him and who we are in Him grows. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
3. REPENTANCE is freeing and draws us closer to Christ. Repentance is typically defined as feeling and expressing sincere regret or remorse about wrongdoing and sin. To repent requires confessing what was done, turning away from the behavior and turning towards Christ. “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God remake you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed.” Romans 12:2 (PH) In keeping with Matthew 3:8 (NIV) “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”, I noticed that the more I get to know the characteristics of Christ, the more I love Him and trust Him and the more I want to be like Him.
4. NEW LIFE is the result of accepting Christ into our hearts, confessing our sins and making a 180 degree turn and living a different life – for Christ. Romans 3:22a (LB) encourages us “Now God says He will accept and acquit us – declare us “not guilty” if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins.” And 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) tells us that “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature, the old things passed way; behold, the new has come.” You will notice that the verbs passed, has come are in past tenses, so it means that the change has already occurred, we only have to learn to live it out in our lives. That’s what we have the rest of our lives for and what an exciting journey we have ahead of us!
Is there a step that you would add to the ones that I’ve listed? If so, leave a comment in the section below!