Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, “Today is going to be different, only to realize that by lunch you have fallen back into those same old ways of relating to people and those same old bad habits. You feel like there’s a tug of war going on inside of you. You feel like your life could be summed up in one word – disappointment. I have tried everything from prayer, to resolutions, to self-help tapes and even hypnosis. But you end up frustrated because you can’t seem to stop making the same mistakes?
Have you ever felt that way? The truth is good intentions are never good enough to change us. It takes more than just desire to change. If desire was all you needed to change I’d wear size medium shirts and size 32 waist pants right now but it takes more than desire and it takes more than good intentions to change.
We get stuck in a cycle that goes like this: Good intentions – Failure – Guilt – Good intentions – Failure – Guilt – Good intentions – Failure – Guilt … and round and round and round the Merry-Go-Round we go! We can all relate when Paul talks about this in Romans 7: “I don’t understand myself at all for I really want to do what is right but I don’t do it. Instead I do the very things I hate.” He says, “All the things I want to do I end up not doing and all the things I know are wrong I end up doing. I’m a mess”
If you’ve ever felt that way then you are going to be very thankful you found this blog this week. This week I am going to share with you a plan that will help you defeat those stubborn, persistent, lifelong temptations that keep dragging you down. Those struggles that no matter how much you’ve tried to stop, no matter how much you’ve tried to change they just keep coming back and coming back. And you’ve struggled with them all your life.
The Bible gives us the pathway to freedom but before we look at this five point plan I am going to ask you to prepare the ground of your heart to receive them. Sometimes we get so used to the Merry-Go-Round that we would rather stay in the cycle than risk what is outside the carnival of pain and slavery. So today’s assignment is to:
- Ask yourself if where you are is where you want to spend the rest of your life. Most people won’t risk change unless the pain of the present is greater than the fear of change.
- Pray that God would empower you to act on what you learn. The power for change comes from the same One who supplies the power for salvation… God. You say yes and He says let’s go!
- If you know of someone who is trapped in the cycle mentioned above, direct them to this blog this week. Friends who care share (Hey, that’s pretty good. I may have to share that again!).