can be taken out of the message of salvation. However it was once said if we do not
learn from our mistakes they are sure to be repeated.
Yeshua came to change things back to God’s way of thinking and doing things.
[Proverbs 3:5] All of mankind have gone astray and try to change things to suit
themselves. [Isaiah 53:6] It is said in a marriage that each partner tries to change the
other to his or her way of thinking. That may be fine on earth but is it fine in heaven?
Things down here should be done God’s way. As we know, a lot of marriages have
trouble because of this push for change. However the good news is God does not
change, He is the same yesterday today and forever and that is very good news.
It is time for us to realise that it is we who must change to live as God commands
not as we want. No, God is not a tyrant but someone who knows our every need and
knows what the end is from the beginning. [Isaiah 46:10] He knows our going out and
our coming in. He knows all and wants only the best for His “Bride”. The real fact
is, it is us who need to change for us to be the person He wants us to be as His Bride.
The question is what have we been doing about this since we bowed our knee to Him
and said ‘Yeshua is Lord’? I have often asked the question are we the same person
today as we were 12 months ago? Has there been any change in our thinking towards
God? Has there been any change to our relationship with people? Has there been a
greater desire to see change in oneself? Or are we happy just floating along as we
have always done?
Remember the saying: If we always do what we always did we will always have what
we have always got.
We start our walk with the Lord with great enthusiasm and we are full of excitement
for the future, but things happen along the way and we get tired. God never gets tired
and is always there to build up and strengthen us to ensure we continue to the end,
[Psalm 62:2] to claim the prize. [1 Corinthians 9:24] All we have to do is keep our
eyes firmly fixed on Him and not the things of the world. One day these things will
pass away and Yeshua told us to build up treasure in Heaven and not on earth where it
can be destroyed. [Matthew 6:19]
This life is learning to have faith in God and the future He has promised. In the words
of C. S. Lewis, faith is like diving off a high board into a pool; you know that the
water is going to catch you. It is faith in an unchanging God that brings growth, a
growth that is needed if we are to please God. [Hebrews 11:6]
I am reminded of the vision of General Booth the founder of the Salvation Army.
He saw the man bring all his wealth to the foot of the Lord and when he presented it
to the Lord, it was touched by fire and was burnt up with nothing left. This is not to
say people with money will suffer the same fate but it does say what will happen if
we put our faith in the wealth we have or have not got instead of faith in the Lord. [1
It is the little things that show the Lord that we have changed, the things that make
a change in this world to show the Kingdom to come to this world. Is it change for
changes sake? Definitely not! It is change for our sake to come fully into the presence
of God. As I have said before, it is said that God loves you where you are but He
does not want to you stay in such a state. He wants His future bride to be ready and
waiting for His return. We can have all the words, we can have all the songs, we can
even have the right prayers but if our heart is not right then we need to do something.
How do we know if our heart is wrong? How do we know whether we have the right
thinking? There is of course only one way and that is put our heart and thoughts
up against the Word of God and they will be shown to be either treasure or chaff.
[Deuteronomy 32:2] It is time to get serious with our actions towards God the Father
who sent His Son to show us the way to change in this life in preparation for the next.
[1 Timothy 4:8]