Prayer Email archive:
(04/06/2001) true change
|Hello prayer warriors,
1. Prayer note: true change
I've been recently talking about perspective. I've had
a breakthrough in my life just by changing my
perspective. God has really ministered to me through
the prayer emails.
If we have been looking at our lives with the wrong
perspective, we need to come before God and repent.
The wrong perspective will rob us of our lives and of
What is repentance? Repentance comes from the Greek
word "metanoia" which means a change of mind. My
pastor recently said true change is effortless. I have
been pondering on what that meant. I think I've
There is a difference between us trying to change and
us allowing God to change us.
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles;
they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk,
and not faint.
I used to think that renewing my strength is coming
before God and letting God make me stronger, take
whatever little strength that is within me and take it
to another level. I just got a revelation when my
pastor expounded this passage.
The word renew also means to exchange. When the eagle
grows older, his feathers become worn out, his beak
cracks, his claws become blunt. The eagle will then
fly to a high ground and fast. Slowly, the eagle will
shed off his old feathers and receive brand new
feathers. It was an exchange, not renewing of old
feathers but an exchange.
The same when I come before God and I wait upon Him. I
need to surrender my strength in order to receive His.
That's how true change comes about. It is yielding
yourself and your will to God.
If you find it difficult to forgive, you find it
difficult to overcome depression, or you find it
difficult to overcome a habitual sin, come before God.
Decide first that you want to change (that is what
repentance is ... changing our minds). Yield to Him.
God cannot change us against our will. We change our
minds by first saying "yes, I want to forgive, yes, I
want to overcome". We confess His Words. We change our
minds and cause our minds to submit to the truth of
the Word of God.
When that happens, we will experience the true change.
It will become effortless. It is that moment in time,
when our minds are yielded to God and that point in
time when we repent. The reason why it is effortless
is because you are no longer using your own strength,
but allowing God to exchange His strength with yours.
One of my friends recently gave up smoking and he told
me that it was effortless. He has tried to stop
smoking by smoking a little lesser each day, by using
his own strength but it did not work. One day, he came
before God and DECIDED that he wanted to quit and
asked God to help him. It was after that point in time
when he changed his mind and decided that he really
wanted to stop that things changed. It was not a
gradual change but an immediate change. He lost the
desire to smoke.
Another friend have been struggling with an emotional
problem and one day, just by revelation and yielding
herself to God, she said that she was able to
overcome. It was a point in time, not a life-long
process of using your own strength, but that point in
time when you yield yourself to God, decide that you
want to change your mind and asked God to help you. It
starts with a decision to change our minds. Until you
decide, you will never repent. Once you have decided,
wait on God for God to help you and you will
experience real change, not on your own strength, but
with God's strength.
2. New prayer requests:
i. Marriage restoration -- guest
ii. Shining Light thru Christ -- lems
iii. For a lady with cancer -- gmles
iv. Pray for me -- rdaugherty
v. Finding a new job -- bbbarber
vi. prayer request -- rangerd
vii. kayleigh kotze -- flo
3. Prayer update:
i. update on sister's pregnancy -- aschnadelbach
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|Friday, April 06, 2001 10:49:34 AM waihun|
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