In the first two books I wrote, and already in the third book being written now, I begin the first chapter with the same exact sentence. The sentence is: “Nothing is impossible for God, not even you.” I want you to know this is a truth that applies to you just as much as it does to me.
What impossible thing do you need to believe for that it might happen? “For with God nothing [is or ever] shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37 AMP).
You might argue back with me on this idea that God can change you. You might even try to hold up the example of your life and how you long to change something but have not been able to, no matter how hard you have tried. However, your argument fails because you are telling me what you can’t do, not what God can’t do.
There’s a whole new life for you when once you’ve given it to God. “Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him” (Romans 12:1-2 CEV).
Then you might try to argue with me that if God can change you, then why hasn’t He done so yet? Because if He can change you, then surely you would have been changed. But this argument fails because it assumes God will force you to do something you do not want to do.
You’d be surprised what God can change in you if you’d just let Him. “I will also put a new spirit in you to change your way of thinking. I will take out the heart of stone from your body and give you a tender, human heart. I will put my Spirit inside you and change you so that you will obey my laws. You will carefully obey my commands” (Ezekiel 36:26-27 ERV).
But then the next argument comes, which is that you do want to change but just can’t do it. This argument fails because we are right back where we started. We are talking about what you cannot do. If you want to be changed, you must let God change you; there is no other way.
God changes the willing. “…let God transform you…” (Romans 12:2 NLT).
The problem we reach is that even if someone finally understands the secret to change, by wanting to change and then letting God do it, they still have to cross the bridge of surrender. This is a bridge in which we must leave behind the right to ourselves and surrender all to God.
God won’t bless that part of your life you have not yet surrendered to Him. “Jesus said to all of his followers, ‘If you truly desire to be my disciple, you must disown your life completely, embrace my ‘cross’ as your own, and surrender to my ways’” (Luke 9:23 TPT).
Then we get to the crux of the problem; it is ourselves. We say we want to change, but we conspire against the forces of heaven standing in the wings waiting for us to let them. Our pride sets in, our flesh stands tall, and the spirit man within only cowers before the flesh that rules him.
We trust in ourselves too much and in God too little, and the results show it. “If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself” (Proverbs 3:4-5 TLB).
Being changed by God is not for wimps because it will wreck every fiber of your flesh being. It takes no effort to surrender, yet it is seemingly the hardest thing we will ever do. Yet once we do, we will find that it was through surrender that we finally found victory.
The greater your surrender to Christ, the greater His victory will be in you. “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20).
The bondage of self is deceiving because, in ourselves, we imagine ourselves free as we are. We think surrendering to the Lord will be the bondage we fear, yet it is the Lord who will set us free from ourselves. Once you are free from self, you will see your old self as the deception you were set free from.
For some things, you need to draw a line, step over it, and then vow never to return. “You certainly heard about him, and as his followers you were taught the truth that is in Jesus. So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to—the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. Your hearts and minds must be made completely new” (Ephesians 4:21-23 GNT).
God can change you in an instant. All you must do is let Him. All of you for all of Him is the trade. You’re getting a better deal in this transaction. It takes one breath to surrender, but it often comes after a lifetime of striving on your own. Let God have you, and then you will have Him.
If you can believe God can change you, then He will. “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes’” (Mark 9:23 NKJV).
Blessings to you,