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Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Why You Don't Have to Fear Change

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt


Albert Einstein said The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  George Bernard Shaw said, If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.”

Both of these quotes reflect that instead of people changing, they make the same mistakes over and over but expect different results. There could be a litany of reasons why. Maybe they look back to an earlier time when what they were doing was as success and they keep hoping that it will work again if they hang in there. Maybe they don’t know what to do so they keep doing the same thing with some artificial hope that the results will change. We live in an age that has seen technology change everything. Those that did not flow with and adapt it into their business, have lost the business they once had.

When two people are having relational problems and keep repeating the same mistakes over and over hoping miraculously for different results, they will ultimately be disappointed.

When change is brought upon you through outside circumstances such as changes in laws, policies, or forces that are greater than you can control and yet you resist that inevitable change because you are upset with it rather than learn to deal with it, you’ll be disappointed.

Change and the pain and fear over change that you cannot control and that you do not know where it’s leading can cause sleepless nights and attacks of anxiety. Yet the two quotes above reveal a truth. Change is often necessary and being demanded. We can’t keep doing the same thing. You aren't still driving a Model T and the speed limits have accordingly increased.

Most anxieties we face are so very troubling because we don’t know what to do. That is the biggest change we need to make—acknowledging we don’t know what to do. We seldom absolutely know what to do. We only think we do. We need to make the change of returning to our knees and make that the one thing we never change. We need to quit trying to control every single aspect of our life, and understand God's plan usurps ours!Proverbs 19:21 (NLT) says, "You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail." 

Go ahead and think through things and make plans because that is part of life. But before you do any of that, return to your knees in sincerity and pray it through with the Lord as instructed in Philip. 4:6-7. “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Quit fighting yourself. Quit fighting circumstances you cannot control. Quit panicking and losing sleep over changes that are inevitable and that make you afraid because you don't know where they will take you. Change is a part of life. God gives you permission to pray about EVERYTHING so that you can leave your fears and cares and His feet knowing that He cares about the details of your life. He loves you. He wants His best for you. He knows how to get you there. He is more capable of leading you than you leading yourself. When you can learn to trust Him because you draw Him into the details of your life, you will see God more intimately involved than you've ever seen before.

Life is a faith walk of trusting God and changes along the way! Don't be freaked out. Pray, trust God, and have faith that you'll look back in the future seeing just how wonderful God has led you through change and the unknown! Expect the best because it's what God wants for you and faith in Him is what leads you there!

Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) "We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps" 

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt 

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