Romans 7:24-25 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.
The answer to change is simple:
- Admit that the problem lies within yourself; and
- Turn to God realizing that He is the only one who can change your heart.
In the past, I have used several of the faulty methods. My favorite method was changing my environment–particularly job. Sometimes I realized it was me, but other times, I blamed the job, my boss, or my co-workers. Looking back, I can see it was my problem and I never turned to god to fix the problem inside of me.
If I continue to use faulty methods to change, I will always fail. “When we pursue God’s plan for change, it always works.”¹
I admit that I am not as much like Jesus as I should be. The problem is me–not my spouse, my children, my job. I am asking You to change me. Lord, change me. I can’t do it alone. Please forgive me for blaming others and for trying to change in my own strength apart from You. Change me. I’m asking in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
[Read 1 Corinthians 9-16]
1 Corinthians 15:58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.