The Pain of Change
You know...change is the most difficult action upon which any of us can embark. What the self-help gurus don’t tell you is that true change can only come from your spirit...actually a resurrected spirit to be more precise.
Don’t get me wrong, some people can force themselves to change a behavior or habit if the extenuating circumstances are strong enough or painful enough. For example, my grandfather used to smoke several cigarettes a day until one day his doctor looked him in the eye and said, “If you smoke another cigarette, you could die.” He never picked up a pack ever since. However, groups like alcoholic’s anonymous remind themselves at the beginning of each meeting that “I’m an alcoholic,” even if the individual has been sober for decades. Why is this? The reason has to do with that little thing called “change”.
True change can only come through salvation through Jesus Christ. Since we all are birthed into this world with a dead spirit-man, our sin nature, we all have the capacity for every evil and perversion. Fortunately, society and cultural restrictions help to prevent many of us from ever fully pursuing our dark nature to its fullest.
However, for those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as God’s own Son, and our personal Lord and Savior, we have received a new spirit. Our spirit has been reborn. However, our mind, will, and emotions are still operating under the old dead system. The Word of God tells us that we are therefore to renew our minds with the Word of God, die to our doubts and carnal ways through prayer and fasting, and to build ourselves up in our most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. These tools, along with God’s grace and mercy, take hold together with your born-again spirit to bring forth change from your live spirit into your mind, will, emotions, and body.
Ah, well that sounds easy-peasy right? Wrong! What you may not know, and certainly what the self-helpers do not understand, is that for true change to occur, God has to bring you face to face with the evil, hurt, pain, and perversion that’s on the inside of your own heart, in your soul. There’s a reason why the Bible says that God’s Word is sharper than any two-edged sword. It has to be for God to remove all the tentacles of sin and wounds from your heart. Just like a Master Surgeon, God will deliver you from those strongholds in your life, but we have to keep ourselves on the operating table.
Multiple times a week, even daily, the pain of God’s deliverance tempts me to jump off the operating table of change and run away as fast as I can. But, by His grace and mercy, I always find myself laying back down on the table for Him to continue with the procedure. You see, sometimes the surgery may be swift and rapid, other times the procedure can take months to years.
You ask why people rarely change? It’s because they are either trying to perform the surgery on themselves, which really only applies a band-aid to the pain, or they quit the process before the Master Surgeon is able to complete the procedure. I know the process is painful and long, but one of these days, as long as I keep speaking God’s Word over myself, praying in my prayer language, and seeking God, my deliverance will be complete! And on that day, all will see the handiwork of the Master Surgeon, because all will see that I have truly changed.