Time to Change

All of us, probably more than once, have had to stop and rethink what we are doing.  Life has a way of tell us what to do and how to do it.  The problem with that is, life hasn't a clue what it is doing.

Jesus said that He was the way, the truth and THE LIFE.  That He would tell us what to do and how to do it.  The Bible also tells us that the ways of this world and not His ways.  That they would be in conflict with each other for our whole lives.  Bummer, I know.  But that is the way that it is.  So what do you do?

#1 - Accept the fact that your lifestyle (as a Christian) is going to be challenged by this world.  Don't feel guilty about your choices.  I placed this at number one because if you're not willing to do this - the following steps are going to be VERY frustrating. 

#2 - Stop what you are doing now.  Don't feel bad about it - chances are what you are doing is wrong or not just quite right.  Either way, they are leading you down the wrong path.  

#3 - Listen.  Not to people so much as to the Holy Spirit.  What is He telling you right now.  Spend time in the word - spend time in prayer and fasting.  Take the time you need to do what you have to do.  Listen clearly and don't be afraid to test what the Holy Spirit says.  Gideon did so - not because He didn't trust God but because He didn't trust himself. 

#4 - Change your ways.  I've said it before.  If you don't like your results, change your methods.  (Actually Ed Russo told me that one.)  Yes it is very risky.  Yes you might end up ticking some people off.  Yes you need to brace yourself for some resistance.  

Tomorrow I am going to share with you how you need to implement the change without getting