GOT A QUESTION
STUFF WE CAN NOT CHANGE
RUSS HOBBS M.A.
Change can be one of the most stressful things in life, even when the change is desired. Resistance to change is natural to human nature. In fact, there is a saying in neuroscience that “neurons that fire together, wire together.” This means that the more we do something, the more it becomes not only habit, but biologically ingrained. It helps to explain why change takes so much effort, and why we naturally have a resistance to change.
Of course, we know that change is inevitable. We face change as we mature, as our bodies age, and as we interact with the world. We also know that change, in the Christian life, is desirable. In fact, it is God’s plan for us. He makes all things new (Revelation 21:5), and the old is dispensed with. We want to become more like Christ; we want to change. Second Corinthians 4:16 says, “Inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” When we submit to God, good change happens. So how do we overcome our resistance to change?
We can lessen our resistance to change by keeping a divine perspective on life. God’s work of renewal in us is compared to that of a refiner’s fire (Zechariah 13:9; Malachi 3:2; Isaiah 48:10; 1 Peter 1:7) and to a gardener’s pruning shears (John 15:2). The process of refining or pruning tends to be unpleasant, so we resist. But the outcome of a refiner’s fire is purified precious metal. The result of pruning is a more plentiful crop. If we trust that God is at work through changes and that His desire is to sanctify us, then we may more willingly submit. This perspective is what brought Job peace in Job 23:10.
We can usually identify the character traits God is building in us or winnowing out of us—it’s easy to know when He’s building our patience, for example. But what about the undesirable changes? We have no control over them, we don’t want them, but they happen anyway.We know that God is working all things according to His purpose, and we know that His purpose is always good. So we can trust that He is using even undesirable changes for our benefit. It may be that an illness will draw us closer to God or draw our family closer together. It may be that God has a new calling for a new season of life.
The Psalms are a beautiful example of just how honest we can be with God. We can let Him know of our trouble and share with Him our distaste for change. Expressing thankfulness is another good strategy in conquering our resistance to change. Growth requires change; our resistance to change could actually be a resistance to growth. So, when change occurs, just consider it to be a season of growth.
RUSS HOBBS MINISTRIES
“JOURNEYS WITH THE APOSTLE PETER”
A Sunday evening Bible/Discussion of 1 Peter
Sunday October 6th Discussion
1 Peter 1
Some chapter highlights and points for thought
· We are kept or preserved by the power of God
· We are to rejoice in trials and trust God for the appropriate outcome or resolution of our issues and problems
· We are to “get a grip” and live life with purpose, resolve and in God’s strength
· We are not to conform to our former life of sin and misery
· We are to be holy and set apart
· We are to live our lives with humility and respect
· Our redemption is by the blood of Christ
· We are to love one another fervently
· Our lives are like a vapor or a fading blade of grass
· Life is brief
· God’s Word endures forever
SUNDAY OCTOBER 13TH DISCUSSION
1 Peter 2
· We are to rid our lives of malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and evil speaking
· As newborn babies we are to desire the pure milk of the word that we may grow in the Lord
· Jesus Christ is the foundation of our faith and lives
· He is the “stone” which the builders rejected
· We are to remember that in this life we are sojourners and pilgrims
· We are to abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul
· We are to live honorably
· We are to live our lives in a manner that lifts us beyond disrepute
· We are to live in a manner that would put to shame anyone who might spread lies, falsehood and gossip about us
· We are obligated to submit to government and authority
· We are to submit to those who have authority over us
· Christ is our example of how to live humbly and respectfully