Advice for Change
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage;
do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go."
Attaining the Promise of Change
Twice the children of Israel bordered the promise land with God's direction to go forth and conquer. The former time, they had seen great miracles. They had seen God's delivering hand against the Egyptians and the parting of the Red Sea. They had experienced His provision and protection through the desert. Yet still engrained in their hearts and minds were the ways and practices of the Egyptians! Thus, when presented with the ability to fulfill the promise made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, they froze! They lost the faith they had attained while in the dessert. They forgot the power of their God and they reverted back to their old slave mentality. In this state, God could bring forth no great change in their lives.
It took forty years and a new generation before the children of Israel could be presented with the promise land again. This new generation had what it took to conquer the land of promise. How were they different from their parents who died in the wilderness? They lived their life exposed to the presence of God. They were of a different mind and spirit. Their ways were not of their Egyptian past, but of their omnipresent God!
Do what you did and you will always get what you got. In the world of science, your results from an experiment will never change unless you do something different. So is life. That situation, problem, habit, or whatever it may be, it will not change unless you do something different. Hand it over to God and like the latter generation of Israelites watch God fight your battles!
As you face a new year [or new opportunities], remember this promise from the Lord: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9