A Change for Better…
Terry Dashner……………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013
It is said that insanity is doing same thing over and over again, each time expecting a different outcome. You and I know that reality says otherwise. If you expect a different result, you must change your current actions. Change is necessary. It is human; however, it’s not always easy.
Here are basics: in order to change one’s behavior, one must change one’s thinking. And to change one’s thinking, one must change one’s input. You know—garbage in, garbage out. Or in this case, a man’s reality is measured in terms of what he perceives. In other words, think on good things and your behavior will follow. This is certainly a principle in Scripture.
Think on these things…
In fifth chapter of John, Jesus speaks to an invalid of 38 years and says, “Do you want to get well?” The invalid answers question curiously. He says that he has no one to help him into healing waters. Evidently he wanted healing, but his perception of how to get healed lacked a certain reality. Seems he was repeating same actions over and over again, each time hoping something different would happen. Did it? No.
Change of outcome came when he responded to three things. These three things can change anyone.
For one, he heard command of Jesus to walk. He acted on authority of His command and walked. This is important for change. One must hear Word of God and act on it to change for better. Hearing and merely hoping for better won’t do it. One must hear God speak and then immediately respond to it. This is referred to in Bible teaching as “hearing and receiving word.”