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A Time For Change

A Time for Change

To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die... Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NKJV)

The words of Solomon couldn't be truer to everything there is a season.  There was a time when we were destined by God to be born, and there will be a time when we are destined by God to die.  Its funny but as sure as death is we don't want to talk about it or even give it any real time to contemplate.  But what about the short time in between life and death - shouldn't we be more mindful of this time?

The Bible teaches us life is short, no matter how long we may live in our physical bodies.  It also teaches us nobody is guaranteed tomorrow or even the rest of today.  In the book of Job we can see he knew this as he wrote, "My days are swifter than a weavers shuttle, and are spent without hope.  Oh, remember that my life is just a breath" (Job. 7:6-7).  

King David knew life was short as well and as such he wrote, "Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am.  Indeed you have made my days, as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before you, certainly every man at his best state is but a vapor" (Psalm 39:4).  

And we are taught not to boast like we have tomorrow as James writes, "Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away" (James 4:14).

Notice all three of these authors spoke of life as short they compared life to a breath, and a vapor - it appears and then is gone.

I think the enemy would love us to fear death - tempting us to believe this life is all we have.  It may be a temptation to live as if we will be here tomorrow and the next day and so on.  It could be a temptation to fear dying tomorrow or the next day.  Either way it will affect how we live.  

Q:    So how should we live our lives as Christian men and women?

I think we need to remember our lives are not our own we have been bought and paid for by the blood of Jesus.  We should therefore get up each morning and ask God, "Lord, what would You have me do today?"   I think we should be mindful of our short time here on earth in these temporary bodies.  It should cause us to make good use of our time, talent, gifts, resources and abilities.  It should cause us to want to change the way we live.  It should cause us to deny ourselves of those things tempting us to live independent from our Lord's will for our lives.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me." Matthew 16:24 (NKJV)

Q:    What does it mean to take up his cross?

It means we need to die to our own desires to live for this world.  It means we are to live in newness of life - imitating Jesus by serving others and showing them the love of God.  It means it is a time for change.  After all, we are new creations.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Hey, maybe you or someone you know are struggling with something.  Perhaps this sin is a stronghold and you continue to struggle daily to overcome it.  I want to encourage you to make it your heart's desire to lay it down at the cross.  Ask God to help you in this area - confess your weakness and inability to resist.  Now allow God to give you the power through the Holy Spirit to overcome this temptation.

STUDY QUESTION: As followers of Christ, what are we to do? (see Matthew 16:24)

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there a sin in your life?  One you are continuing to do on an ongoing basis?

APPLICATION: Come before the Lord and let Him know you would like to be delivered from this sin.  Ask for His strength and power in dealing with it.  When you are confronted with it, resist it in His power and it will go away (James 4:7).

Father, thank You for Your strength and power in my life.  Lord, I pray You would continue to give me the strength and ability to resist the temptation to sin.  I give You all the glory and I praise You in Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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