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Change…Is it Even Possible? | Experiencing an Encounter with God

What does it take to experience true and lasting change?
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I’ll never change…

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Are you at a point in your life (or your health) where you feel like change isn’t going to happen for you? I get it. There are days when I feel the same way.
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Do you remember that old saying, “Knowledge is power”? Can I let you in on a little secret? It’s not. For most of us, knowledge isn’t the problem. We know how many calories are in everything we eat. It’s obvious to us that in order to wake up early, we should go to bed earlier. And we know it’s better to eat at home instead of going out. But we don’t. If knowledge was power, we’d all be where we want to be. But there always seems to be that one thing in our lives that we can’t change.

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Real Change and Radical Transformation is Possible!

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Wait! There’s hope! We don’t have to settle for the idea that change will never happen for us! We just have to go about it the right way!
Saul’s transformation was so incredible, that he changed his name!
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You may have heard the story of Saul in Acts. He not only hated Christians, but he feverishly worked to have them jailed and even killed. He sought out any way he could to break up homes and was even present at the death of the first recorded martyr, Stephen.
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BUT, he had an encounter with Jesus that changed EVERYTHING. While on the road to Damascus, he saw Jesus and from that point forward, he was a different man.
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When you’ve been a Christian for a long time, it can be easy to fall into routine. You love God, you serve God, but have you ENCOUNTERED Him lately? We need a fresh encounter if we want to truly see and experience change. Transformation will always begin with an encounter with God.
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One Day at a Time

It can be difficult to change if we look at the big picture. We add up how many pounds we want to lose. Calculate how many hours of sleep we want to get each night. Make big goals like “don’t spend any money for the entire month.”  But I want to remind you of something Jesus said.
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
Jesus said to take it one day at a time. One hour at a time if you need to.  Do you struggle with overeating? It may seem like an insurmountable task to lose 20, 30, or 50 pounds. Instead, focus on today. Can you be faithful for the next meal? Once that’s done, focus on the next. As we are faithful with each small step, God will take care of the mountain that’s in front of us.
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Fill your mind with God’s Word

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2
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Paul told the Roman church the secret to being transformed, and that was by the renewing of the mind. When we fill our minds with God’s thoughts, we can’t help but become more like Him. And that’s the best transformation to have.
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This change must be intentional. We can’t assume that one day, we’ll wake up and know God’s Word. We have to be willing to put in the work. And sometimes that means we have to say no to other things. Things like excessive television, music that doesn’t glorify God, and books that put faulty ideas into our minds. And, to be completely honest, it may even mean that you let go of friendships and relationships that don’t line up with God’s Word.
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I’m definitely preaching to myself here! If we truly want lasting change, it has to start with choosing to not conform to this world. We must, day by day, fill our minds with God’s Word and allow His presence to change us from the inside out.
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If you want some verses to get you started filling your mind with God’s Word, there are tons of verses completely free in my subscriber online library!
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