In January, Pastor Peter Lillystone reflects on what it means to change.
It's another New Year! But this year January 1st marked the start of a new decade. All over the world fireworks announced the start of a new year.
People make resolutions for change at the beginning of the year. This approach to changing ourselves is symbolic. Real change requires so much more than a New Year's resolution. I say this because it's very difficult to break established habits – especially habits that are not very helpful.
Followers of Jesus who desire real change in their lives must first admit that we are helpless, no matter how hard we strive in our own strength. Real, lasting change requires God's help – but thankfully He's willing and ready to help.
Paul tells us “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Once we have given our lives to Christ, our lives are transformed. Jesus changes us from the inside out. This is where real change takes place.
At the beginning of this New year and decade take a moment to reflect on what you have learned from 2019. Thank God that God walked with you through last year and allow Him to lead you through 2020.
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