The process of change (Character)
We all have things in our flesh that still need to die.
Have you ever heard anyone say, ‘ Jack is so bad tempered he can never change?’. Well the truth about this is that it is a lie. Anyone can change provided the person is willing to change.
One of my famous preachers says ‘ everyone has flesh’, yes this is true however we need to be changing into His image, the image of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ day by day. We should be looking at ourselves as the years go by and say ; what happened to my anger, wow!! l don’t talk like that anymore etc. The list should go on.
Lets look at an example from scripture:
In the book of Acts we read an account about Moses:
Acts 7: 22 – 30
And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.
And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:
For he supposed his brethren would have understood how that God by his hand would deliver them: but they understood not.
And the next day he shewed himself unto them as they strove, and would have set them at one again, saying, Sirs, ye are brethren; why do ye wrong one to another?
But he that did his neighbour wrong thrust him away, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge over us?
Wilt thou kill me, as thou diddest the Egyptian yesterday?
Then fled Moses at this saying, and was a stranger in the land of Madian, where he begat two sons.
And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.
Acts 7: 35 – 36
This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
Remember that the book of Acts is just giving a summary of Moses and includes an account of where he started from.
Lets look at another brief account of Moses in Numbers:
Numbers 12: 1 to 5
1And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
3(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
4And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
5And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
Before the Lord used Moses to deliver the children of Israel he murdered someone.
He then spent 40 years in the Land of Midain before the Lord called him to go and deliver the children of Israel (Acts 7: 30), Moses also spent 40 years in the wilderness with the Israelites (Acts 7: 36).
Something must have happened to Moses during this period, from being a murderer to being described as ‘The meekest man on the face of the earth’. What a description, The bible did not say that Moses was the meekest person in his family, or town, or even country, but in all the face of the earth.
That is a great change considering where he was coming from.
So what happened to Moses? Its called change and change can take time. I am not saying it will take 40 years, but we all have areas in out lives were we need to change.
This is the good news. We don’t have to settle where we are. We have so much working for us if we do want to change.
We have the Word, and His Spirit within us.
So how do l change?
We need to take the mirror of the Word to examine ourselves. Is there anything lacking? Then change is required.
Psalm 19: 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
We need to listen to the Spirit within us and respond to what He says.
We need to look at the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18
18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
We all can change. Change can be a process, as we allow the Lord to work in us we will become better in character and better representatives for Him.