Change Starts Inside Us – Word of the Week

Edition #35

Week 45

Ephesians 3:16-21
“God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

Living an incredible, abundant life starts on the inside.

We tend to concern ourselves with fixing external things in our lives, and we want God to intervene to help us. We pray, “God fix my body, my family, my spouse, my business….” It’s as though we want Him to take over, but in most cases, the miraculous manifests in our lives from the inside out.

As it says in today’s verses, God works “within us,” deeply and gently. The more that we engage in this inner work, the more we experience the supernatural (the miraculous).

As we read God’s Word to discover the truth, we start to challenge old beliefs and plant new ones into our hearts. As these new beliefs gain strength, our lives begin to change from the inside out.

I’m not saying that we can’t pray and ask God to intervene in the difficult situations of our lives. He is a miracle working God. But we also need to be willing to work to solve problems in our lives in a practical way, asking Him for His wisdom to guide us. However, if we want to move toward walking in more of God’s promises in our everyday lives, we need to realise something important.

Many of the changes that happen in our lives take place inside of us before they ever manifest themselves in our external world.

This word of the week is brought to you from Devoted with Leon.

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New Start Every Day – Word of the Week

Edition #35

Week 35

Lamentations 3:22-23
“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

We can live the incredible, abundant life God has planned for us. But to do so, we need to let go of the past hurts and disappointments in our lives.

Sometimes the pain we’ve experienced runs deep, and if we allow it, it can cause us to live like we’re defeated before we even get started. We fall for the lie that says, “Because you’ve failed before, you’re going to fail again and again.”

The truth is, making mistakes is part of being human. We all do it. Yes, it hurts. Yes, we want to avoid it…but when we stay focused on what we’ve learned from our setbacks and we meditate on what God says about our future, those mistakes just propel us forward.

The Bible teaches that you are given a new life through Jesus Christ. When you entered God’s family by deciding to believe in Jesus, you became a new person. In other words, you got a new start!

But we don’t just get a new start when we begin a relationship with God. Today’s verse says that God’s love and compassion is new every morning. First John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness,” and Psalm 103:12 says “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

No matter how many times we mess up, God is willing to give us a new start. Put your past behind you and look to the future, because with God, it’s incredibly bright!

This Word of the Week is brought to you from Devoted with Leon.