When Changing is Hard to Do

But I say, walk by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.  Galatians 5:16

God’s command to walk by the Spirit comes both as a welcome relief and as a frustrating reality.  If you’re struggling with a particular sin, you catch a breath of fresh air.  Finally, there’s an answer.  You no longer have to get drunk.  You can live without the prescription pills.  You can go an entire day without gossiping about someone.  You can be free.

The frustrating reality:  change is hard.  You’re 40 years old and you’ve spent 20 of those years doing this sin.  How do you stop?  What can you do?

This week, every day, I’ll post steps.  These are practical and theological.  They involve changing how you act and think.

Today’s step is simple.  Reread Galatians 5:16-25.  Choose one of those verses and memorize it.  Write it on a card, put it in a prominent place (Hannah, my 17-year-old, likes to write on her mirror!).  Ask God to make that verse a reality in your life.

Change is hard…and it is a process.  Later this week, I’ll recommend another sermon on the topic by a great preacher that will offer some welcome relief as you begin to change.  I’m pumped about what God is going to do in your life!