Seasons Of Change- Part 2
June 28, 2020
- Last week we discussed the best ways to respond to change, particularly changes that are and unwelcomed.
- There are also changes that are welcomed at one level, but also unwelcomed because we are not for them.
- In the last series, we discussed responding to change by clinging to the unchangeable: .
- In this series, we’re looking at how another important response to change is to changes ourselves.
- To make changes that create good for the long term, we must make changes that are .
- That means that when there’s a call to change, we must give consideration to all the ways we are in the world.
- For Christians, this means we approach changes with our , souls and bodies. (I Thessalonians 5:23)
- God wants all three parts of us to be change .
- Change in this context will always be richer, fuller and more than any other kind of change.
- What this means is that three things need to remain at the forefront of our consciousness: pray, , do.
- However, even this simple formula for change requires something far more fundamental, as the changes currently taking place in our world signal something .
- In the realm of physics, cosmic refers to things that encompass the entire .
- However, when I use the term, I don’t just mean it physically, I mean it spiritually—that is, everything under God’s domain (Colossians 1:12-17).
- There is an world ruled by Jesus and one ruled by Satan that are clashing with each other.
- What we’re currently seeing in our physical world is a of clash between invisible worlds (Hebrews 11:3).
- Jesus tells us what to look for as the of this clash draws near (Matthew 24:3-7 NKJV))
- Whether or not we can know for certain that the current global crisis is a specific precursor to the end, it should still be a signal to us that it is time to make some significant personal changes.
- There is a clear Scriptural in which natural disasters, large-scale global events, and socio-economic dishevel become invitations for people to turn to God.
- Amos 4:6-14
© Joshua D. Smith, Ph.D., 2020