Accepting sudden change (Part 1)

If you are ready to achieve success in any area of your life,you must be open to change, willing to let go of old lifestyles

The Bible

Bible verse for today: 1 Chronicles 4:10 "Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request." (NIV)

As humans most things in life are easier said than done, almost everyone is guilty of paying lip service to things they want to do which is why a small percentage of people on earth can claim to be successful.

If you are ready to achieve success in any area of your life,you must be open to change, willing to let go of old lifestyles and try to stay calm even when things aren't going as planned with a firm belief that God is and will always be in control.

The Word for Today devotional by United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) says:

Think how foolish it is to pray for success, and resist the changes needed to bring it about. However, we do that, don’t we? Let’s face it; it’s easier to settle for the status quo than to face the ‘what ifs’ that accompany progress. Some of us even think it’s selfish and unspiritual to pray for success. Not Jabez! Listen to his prayer: ‘…Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!’ So God granted him what he requested. Consider this list of ‘changes’ you may be resisting: leaving an unfulfilling job, starting a business, or letting go of an unprofitable one, learning to use a computer, abandoning a toxic relationship, letting go of an unaffordable home, car, or lifestyle, establishing a responsible spending plan.

All these changes are normal; they’re part of daily life. However, panic sets in when the change is unexpected. That’s when we discover the difference between what we say and what we truly believe. ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose’ (Romans 8:28 NKJV). The keywords in this Scripture are ‘all things’ and ‘good’ and ‘purpose’. Since you are ‘in Christ’, nothing can get to you without first coming through Him. In ‘all things’, including things you don’t like, God has a ‘purpose’, and He’s working for your ‘good’. You’ll look back and say, ‘If I hadn’t gone through that, I wouldn’t be experiencing the blessing of God I enjoy today.’

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