Are You Ready To Change – Celebrate Recovery
by: Stephanie Rasbach | July 10, 2017
Have you ever wondered why as a Christian, your life doesn’t seem to be changing? You’ve accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior and yet nothing seems different. Well, the reason is you weren’t ready for it! So, here are 5 tips that will help make you ready for change:
1. Realize you are not God and that by trying to have control of everything that happens in your life – you are trying to play God. The old saying “let go and let God” really works! Psalm 143:10 ESV – “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!” God really does have your best interest at heart. He knows what you need before you do but you can get in the way of what He is trying to do in your life, so release control and allow God His rightful place as Lord of your life.
2. Remember to keep it simple. It takes time to see positive changes occurring in your life – your life didn’t get messed up overnight and won’t get fixed overnight either. The important thing to remember is to do the next right thing in every situation. Psalm 37:5 ESV “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.”
3. Accept the changes as they occur. It will feel awkward to respond to situations differently than you have in the past, but with practice, it will get easier and seem more normal. The change is good because it is part of making you more like Christ. 1 Peter 1:13-14 ESV “Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance…” Obedience may look different to how you are used to living as you live for Christ and not yourself but it is worth it.
4. Replace your negative behaviors with healthy behaviors and characteristics as you grow in your relationship with Christ. This is done by renewing your mind daily – learning and growing in who you are in Christ and allowing that to permeate all aspects of your life. Matthew 12:43-45a ESV “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there…” When a behavior is removed from your life, that time and energy need to be replaced with something different – something Godly or something worse than what was removed will replace it. I don’t know about you, but I know I don’t want to go back to my old life and I sure don’t want my present or future life to be 7 times worse than it was in the past. Personal devotional time, corporate worship/gathering and support groups like Celebrate Recovery are all part of replacing the bad with good.
5. Allow the growth that is occurring – don’t fight it. It may feel weird as you learn and grow – and begin to live a more healthy/godly life, but go with it. 1 John 3:9 ESV “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God.” The person who has been born into God’s family does not make a practice of sinning because now God’s life is in him; so he can’t keep on sinning, for this new life has been born into him and control him – he has been born again.” Of course, this does not mean that you will never sin again, but sin will become less attractive and living for Christ will become more important than anything from the past. The Holy Spirit will convict you if you are living in a way that is displeasing to God and the more you spend time in the word and prayer the more sensitive to the Holy Spirit you will become.
So, if you would like to learn more about how to allow growth and healthy change in your life, check out Celebrate Recovery at 6:30pm every Tuesday at First Baptist Orlando and begin your journey toward growth and healing in a safe community. The hardest step is the first one – walking through the doors for the first time. We look forward to being a part of your growth and healing journey.