One of the top questions I'm often asked as a Pastor is, "Why can't I change?" The person asking that question will often say, "I want to change. But I don't know how to change, and I don't know if I have the power to change." We go to seminars and conferences looking for something that is going to zap our lives and change us by instantly giving us self-discipline. Or we go on diets or join health clubs or take up some exercise regiment, planning to make some significant health changes in our lives. But then we fall back into the same old bad habits and ways. We read self-help books, but the problem with self-help books is that they tell us what to do but they can't give us the power to do it. They say things like, "Get rid of all your bad habits, be positive, not negative." But how? Where can we get the power to change? How can we break out of the mold or rut or dysfunction that we find ourselves in?
The good news is that the Lord can and wants to give us the power to change what needs to be changed in our lives. The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:19-20, "I pray you will begin to understand how incredibly great His power is to help those who believe Him . . . the same power that raised Christ from the dead." Paul was telling us that God has the same power that resurrected Jesus from the grave to change our lives, circumstances and relationships. That's what we're going to be learning about in our IT'S TIME TO CHANGE sermon and LIfe Group series that begins this coming Sunday. We're going to be learning about God's power that's available to change the most difficult person we know - ourselves.