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To Change or Not To Change….

For growth to happen there has to be change.  So why do we resist it.  We want to grow but we don’t want to change.

You want to be out of debt but don’t want to change how you spend or sacrifice what’s costing you.  You want to have that body but don’t want to change your eating or exercise habits.  You want to break that habit but won’t change your behavior or admit you need help.  You want to be treated well but won’t change how you treat others.  You know the list could go on and on.

The truth is; you cannot stop change.  You can embrace it and you will grow.  You can resist it and you will still change but for the worse.

To not change your eating and exercise will decline your health.  To not forgive will make you angry and bitter.  To not be punctual will get you fired.  To not change how you manage your finances will lead to crisis.

We resist change because we are afraid of letting go.  We become comfortable where we are.  We fear letting go of what we know to embrace what is not fully known.  We fear the pain of change.  The steps we have to take to change sometimes are painful.

The truth is, to change takes letting go of what I have come to control and exercise faith.  If I let go of what, where or who I am holding on to, will God protect me and sustain me.  Do I trust that where He is taking me is better than where I am.

Paul entrusted his entire life to God to do whatever He asked because he fully trusted Him.  Whatever change was necessary.
“…for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me.” 2 Timothy 1:12

Do you trust God that much, to embrace whatever changes He wants to bring in you?


Do you trust Him to carry you through?

Trust Him today and embrace the change.

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Self-pity…

Self-pity is a pit and leads to bondage.  The worst pits are the ones you dig yourself.  

There is no room in leadership for self-pity.  It will drag others into the pit with you.

Self-pity is sin.  “…and whatever is not of faith is sin.”  Romans 14:23   When we dwell on our situation looking for pity and wallowing in it, we prove our doubt in God’s sufficiency. 

Self-pity is fleshly and carnal minded.  Joy is the byproduct of the spiritual life.  Galatians 5 tells us that one apect of The fruit of the Spirit is joy.  It’s the fruit of abiding in Jesus and walking in the Spirit.  What is not of the Spirit is flesh.    “Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out, into the open, into a spacious, free life.”  Romans 8:6 (MSG)

Self-pity leads to bondage.  “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.”  II Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)  If this preoccupation with self in our state of pity is carnally minded and leads to death but faith in God leads us out into the open to freedom, then self pity puts us in bondage.  It creates a stronghold bound by walls and chains doubt.

Self-pity seeks attention.  It seeks to get it’s needs met by attention from others instead of faith in God to be our deliverer.  It can also be seeking to get God’s attention through pity.

Self-pity leads to sinful behavior.  Self-pity will digress into seeking attention through a victim mentality and blame.  This can turn into gossip and slander and bearing false witness.  We can excuse all kinds of behavior when we seek pity.  Unfortunately, others will go there with us.  They will crawl into the pit with us.  Missery loves company.  It can also develop into self-righteousness or a false righteousness.  You think you are right, after all you are the victim.  You tell others of the wrong that has been done to you because it elevates you and dismisses you behavior and focuses on others.  It’s a shift of blame.  You feel justified but never feel satisfied.

Self-pity is self-deception.  It is blindness. You don’t realize the spiritual state you are in because of your flesh fest.

Self-pity stunts spiritual growth.   It stops you dead in your tracks.  It holds you in that and to that moment.  It will bring you down and not let you move forward.  Pity holds on to the past. and drops an anchor in your life causing you to be battered by the storms of life unable to navigate free of other dangers. 

This will have to be Part 1.   Check back for part 2 and “The way out of the PIT.”