Change You or Change Me

 

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How many wish they could change the people in their lives?  Just a little bit? Be honest. If only it was that easy.  In dealing with people we must understand that everyone is different.  Trying to change a person is a battle I promise you that you will not win.

Many times when we are in relationship with others we seek to have them conform to what we want them to be. Whether it is a spouse, parent, child, coworker, or friend, we have an idea of how the person should act.  What they should say.  How they should dress. And the revision requests go on and on. We make it our focus to have the person fit into what we want them to be.   Not everyone will enjoy the same things you enjoy.  Not everyone will be as well-organized as you are.  And many will not even have the desire to achieve what you achieved.

God created each of us for His specific purpose. Psalm 139:13 reads, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  While we do understand that environment and developmental stages play a part in determining how we act, each of us have a unique behavior pattern.  We have been uniquely designed by the hands of a loving God.

Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, they have become new.”  If a person is not in sin or acting in total disregard for others, leave them alone.  Any changes that need to be made, God will handle.  Many times while we are so busy focusing on what others lack we fail to see our own shortcomings.

Trying to change another person is a waste of time.  It is hard enough trying to change things in your own life.  I have ten pounds I have wanted to lose for six years now.  But it requires changing my eating habits.  I work out regularly and have for years, but I just cannot seem to change what I enjoy eating.

If a person is to change, they have to want to change.  And yes I know if I wanted to lose that ten pounds badly enough I would stop eating cake and ice cream.  The desire to change has to be greater than the desire to stay the same.  If there are things you want to change in your own life, ask God to help you.  Today is a great day to start.  I might even start on my cake and ice cream fast today.

 

 

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

 

Give Me A Break

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Why does it seem as if some people can never get a break?  You try and try but still end up on the bottom.  It seems that nothing is working out for you.  When you take two steps forward it appears as if you get knocked three steps backward.  You may be thinking to yourself, what can I do to flip the switch for my life?

If you are thinking like this, you are exactly where the enemy wants you to be. I truly believe that nothing brings Satan more joy than to see those of us who call Jesus our Lord living a life of discouragement and defeat. The truth is that we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us. He has given us everything we need to live life to the fullest. 2 Peter 1:3-4 NLT, “By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”

Because we have Christ in us, He promises to be with us and to help us to live the life we were meant to live. The Scripture teaches that if we are in Christ we are new creations.  We can rejoice because of the fact that we have escaped the corruption of the world. Our lives are hid in Christ Jesus and our future has already been secured.

Be assured that God is working behind the scenes to achieve His purpose in you.  While it may seem like you are misplaced, consider this:  God is hiding you for this season while He matures some things in you. He is calling into focus the right opportunities for you while closing some doors. As believers, we must remind ourselves that we must demonstrate the mind of Christ in all that we do.  Our success is not locked up in what we possess but in who we are in Christ Jesus. The chains are already broke in the spirit, our minds have to be renewed so that we can see ourselves as Christ sees us.  Let me conclude with these words, “I will not complain.”

 

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

 

 

 

His Plan

 

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I wrote a book several years ago titled Seven Blessing Blockers.  In this book I dealt with multiple things that hinder us from moving forward in life.  It was my goal to assist the reader in overcoming some of the things that prevent them from living the abundant life.  When I speak of abundant life I am not referring to money, cars, homes or any of the material things people consider to be abundance.  Instead, I am referring to living the life God designed for us to live.  A life that is full and rich with love. Every believer should strive to live the kind of life that will allow them to die empty.  When we return to our Heavenly Father we want to return having accomplished everything we were created to do.

In our quest to pursue our purpose there are many obstacles that we face along the way.  I can tell you from my personal experiences, at times it is difficult to stay focused. Life happens with or without us.  Time continues to move without our permission.  It is easy to get caught up in the things of life and miss out on living life.   A life filled with passion and purpose is worth living.

What I have found to be most helpful is to start my day by asking the Father “What would you have me accomplish this day?” If my desire is truly to fulfill the plan He has for me then certainly I must consult Him regarding the plan. It has been my experience that seeking God first can prevent a lot of detours and save much time during the course of the day.  In the chaos of this thing called life, God is our constant source of strength, for in our weakness He is strong.  Life can get busy, and things can change but God does not change. When we let go and let God we can accomplish His plan for our lives.

I am the first to admit that I spend too much time trying to figure things out.  With so many things coming at me, I can feel my stress level rising. But I want to challenge you today as I challenge myself, God does know what He has for us.  Settle in my friend and learn to trust God.  Seek to be obedient to His voice and you will end up right where you are supposed to be and right when you are supposed to be there. You can overcome the obstacles that seek to derail God’s plan for your life.  Rest in Him and be ready to move when He says move. Obedience is key!

 

Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor

To purchase a copy of Seven Blessing Blockers visit  www.evelynjtaylor.org

 

 

Free

 

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What do you do when life hands you things that zap your energy? This is where I found myself today, walking and calling out to God.  As I walked and as I prayed I sensed in my spirit that many are facing this same dilemma.  I want to encourage you that regardless of what area of life you are experiencing lack, know that God is bringing you out.  Put on your war clothes and prepare for battle. The enemy is not giving up without a fight, but greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.  (1 John 4:4)

Knowing how to war in the spirit and how to cast down imaginations is important in the life of a believer. We can take authority over every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and thank God that He has given us the power to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 KJV).

The enemy does not want you to know that you have been set free.  His trick is to keep your mind shackled with guilt and shame.  The Scripture records that we ought to always pray. (Luke 18:1) Praying while I walk has become a part of who I am. This time of reflection is something that I have not only come to enjoy but something that I look forward to.  My prayer this morning was intentional and targeted.  Like many of you I am sick and tired of the enemy’s attempts to overwhelm my mind with things that do not pertain to my kingdom assignment.

The enemy doesn’t want us to read what the Word of God says about who we are. It’s time we take off the blinder and read the sign that says we are FREE. The victory is already ours because of who we serve.  Turn up your worship, turn up your praise, turn up your prayers, and spend more time in the Word.  God is moving and shifting things on your behalf. What the enemy planned to use to destroy you, God will use it to restore you.  Ask God to help you to be free from the strongholds that keep you mentally connected to your past. Make a declaration today that your past will not hinder God’s plan for your future. Even if it was yesterday, it is still in the past. “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 NIV)

 

Evelyn Johnson-Taylor Ph. D.

 

Scripture Source:  https://www.biblegateway.com/