September 2020: Change
Wow!! What a whirlwind this month has been.
Out here, we have experienced hurricanes and their aftermath, flooding, and changes to the postal services. This has been the hardest month to date to get the bible study to you, but we thank God for technology.
Rest assured we are all safe and doing well, but it has been rough indeed. However, God is faithful and keeps all his people safe from harms way.
Last month, we talked about prayer and what a timely analysis of the Word. Prayers are so important to the climate of our individual and collective worlds. I hope you found that bible study impactful and I hope you received the prayers our ministry shared with you.
Let’s focus on: Change
This month, and specifically today (9/27/2020), is Yom Kippur. You may not know a lot about Jewish traditions, but it is considered the highest holy day on God’s calendar. It is important for us to know about this as Jews believe there are certain things that take place in the Spirit realm because of this day (Leviticus 16:29 and Leviticus 23:27)
Because Christianity is rooted in Judaism before the cross, there are lots of beliefs and overlap between the two. The reverence and importance of Yom Kippur is strict fasting and praying as it’s referred to as the Feast of Atonement. Thank God for the cross because Jesus on the Cross replaces our need for a priest and sacrifice on our behalf. Because of the cross, things changed permanently and eternally for us. We are grateful today for the cross, and we’re grateful for the change that it brought about on our behalf.
One thing the trials of this month have taught me is that I can only change what I can control. We are powerless to change other people. We are powerless to change God’s Word. It is what it is. It says what it says and He instituted His Kingdom and system well before us. But the most powerful change you can ever make is within you.
This month I took a long, hard look at what’s on the inside of me, what’s in my heart and what’s in my mind and what’s in my control. Answer the following questions to really transform your life. Ask yourself the following questions and invite God in to help answer the questions:
1. What do I have control to change?
2. What needs to change in my mind?
3. What needs to change in my heart?
4. What needs to change in my habits?
5. What will become of the change?
a. And what will become of me if I remain the same?
Take a moment to review these verses and let them help you transform:
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change