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Practicing Biblical Change

Why doesn’t the “New Year’s Resolution” approach to change ever seem to work? Even for the most committed Christian this kind of “promise to change” never seems to last. Too often we find ourselves falling back into old sinful habits and doing the very things we swore we’d never do again. The problem isn’t your ability to make the changes that are pleasing to God, but your approach to it.

Many believers don’t understand that biblical change is a two faceted process that requires us to not just stop an unwanted behavior, but also to start a new one in its place. In the scriptures we’re told to not only “Put off” a particular sin, but also to “Put on” what God says to do instead.

A good example of how to approach change that’s according to scripture and acceptable to God is found in Ephesians 4:22-24.

“(22) that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, (23) and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, (24) and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”

By putting off the old patterns of sin and putting on the new practices of who God’s called and created you to be, your mind is continually being renewed and the changes you desire become the new habit.

Keep in mind that change is a process so don’t become discouraged if you fail at times. It’s important to understand that change for a Christian isn’t about becoming someone you’re not but being who you now are as a new creation in Christ. When it comes to approaching change, you have encouragement from God, that who He exhorts you to be, He also enables you to be as well!


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