Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Are you comfortable with the way you are living? Are you satisfied with what is going on in your life right now? If you said, "No" to any one of these questions, please continue reading.
Would you like to make a change in your life? Or are you waiting for things to "just happen?" If you said, "Yes" to any one of these questions, please continue reading.
While some minor things might just happen, sometimes you have to jump right in and take charge to make a change.
1. Make Good Choices
If you are not been productive, take charge to make a change by making good choices and wise decisions. Stop relying on what others tell you to do or you convince yourself to do without finding out if it lines up with the word of God. Know that every "good idea" is not a "God idea."
2. Renew Your Mind
Too often people don't make a change in their lives because they are stuck in the past. That's because they say, "I've always done it that way" or "That's the way it always happens to me." Change will never come if you hold onto those beliefs. You must change your mind about things before they will manifest.
Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2)
A transformation will occur in your life only when your mind is renewed. With a renewed mind, you can overcome fears, doubts, and misgivings. With a renewed mind, you can walk in total faith.
3. Don't Imitate Others
The worst thing a person can do is to imitate others. While we are all God's creatures, we are not all alike. God created us all with different personalities, different talents and gifts, and different likes and dislikes. All snowflakes look the same and feel the same when we touch them, but no two snowflakes are exactly alike, and neither are we.
We fail God, others, and ourselves when we don't be ourselves. Therefore, we should be the way God created us to be instead of imitating others.
You can be inspired by others and learn from them, but do not neglect your core values and beliefs. Do not believe someone else is living a better life than you are. While you are imitating others, they might be imitating someone else. Therefore, no one knows who anyone really is because they are all lost in the circle of "people imitating people."
4. Respond to the Changes in Your Life
Keep the right attitude about change. Make change without thinking it is wrong to do so. Change happens to all of God's creatures while He Himself does not change. The seasons change four times a year, and so do the leaves on the trees.
Every 24 hours, the day changes into night. Babies grow up to be toddlers, then toddlers group up to be older as teenagers, young adults, adults, and finally senior citizens. In other words, people were not created to remain the same. We are much better off when we accept those life changes.
5. Have a Good Support System
Don't make the mistake of thinking you must have dozens of people in your support system. A good support system should consist of only a few positive people. You have a support system where everyone gets along not only with you but with one another.
No one wants a support system where people get angry, bicker, and argue. Include those who will help you, give you godly advice, guide you in the right ways, and will genuinely support you. That's why it is called a "support system."
6. Listen to the Voice of God
God speaks to us all the time. It is only those who are attuned to listening to God's voice that will hear it. You might say you have never heard God's voice. If that's what you think, begin to listen because you will hear.
When you hear the voice of God telling you what to do, do it even if you don't understand it. God will steer you in the wrong direction. Remember that God said many times, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." (Deuteronomy 31:8)
"As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Joshua 1:5)
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
7. Rely on the Holy Spirit
It might be challenging to change, but you do not have to do it alone. You can rely on the Holy Spirit to help you make a change in your life when it lines up with the word of God and when you are ready.
During Jesus' ascension back to His Father, He assured His disciples and those witnessing His departure that He would send back the Holy Spirit as another Comforter.
Ten days after Jesus' ascension, the Holy Spirit came on what is known as the Day of Pentecost while Peter was preaching his first sermon (Acts 2). Since that day, the Holy Spirit has come to stay in the hearts of believers. For those who have confessed that Jesus is their savior (Romans 10:9-10), the Holy Spirit leads, guides, and directs them in all things. Therefore, rely on the Holy Spirit to help you make necessary changes in your life.
If you follow the aforementioned suggestions, you will notice little changes that will develop into major changes.
Take charge of your life to make changes in your life.