God Wants To Change Your Life
Scriptures: Romans 8:5-7; 10:8-9
Introduction: The Webster Dictionary defines the word Change as: To alter, to transform or to switch. The Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible words defines Change as: To exchange, change, to transfer, to transform self. God desires to change us from the inside out. He desires to have a relationship with His creation. That is the very reason that He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross so as to restore that broken relationship between God and man. However in order for us to change and become the men and women that God wants us to be we must be willing to change: 1. Our Attitude, 2. Our Heart and 3. Our Mind.
1. Our Attitude:(Frame Of Mind) – Romans 8:5-7 (New King James Version)
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
They that are after the flesh – Those who remain under the guidance of a corrupt nature mind the things of the flesh. They have their thoughts and affections fixed on such things that gratify a corrupt nature; such as on things visible and temporal; on things of the earth, on pleasure, (of sense or imagination,) praise, or riches. But they who are after the Spirit, who are under the guidance of God; mind the things of the Spirit. Such are those who think of, relish, love things invisible, eternal; the things which the Spirit has revealed, which He works in us, moves us to, and promises to give us. The Apostle Paul’s point is that the unbeliever’s nature is to satisfy the cravings of their unredeemed flesh. Whereas those who are spiritually minded are involved in a pursue of holiness, not just in ones actions and words. But in the very thoughts that come into their minds each and everyday.
2. Our Heart: (Mind or seat of emotions) – Romans 10:8-9 (New King James Version)
8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”[a](that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
God has clearly revealed the way of salvation: It is by faith. The message of faith is the way to God. Notice the words “confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord” When one makes such a confession there is a deep personal conviction, without reservation, that Jesus is the master of that persons life. This includes repenting from one’s sins, trusting in Him for salvation and submitting to Him as Lord. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the supreme validation of His ministry. Belief in it is necessary for salvation because it proves that Jesus is who He claims to be and that the Father has accepted His sacrifice in the place of sinners. The walk of faith therefore involves: receiving, believing, following and speaking. A) Receiving: It requires an understanding that none of us meet God’s standards. That is the reason why Jesus died to pay in full the penalty of sin. B) Believing: To believe in God and in His miracle working power. To place your trust in His Word regardless of day to day challenges and circumstances that you may face. C) Following: To imitate the greatest example of all in the Lord Jesus Christ. Accepting the righteous of God in Jesus by faith. D) Speaking: God’s Word reminds us in Romans 10:8-10,17 that if you speak with your month and believe with your heart that Jesus is the risen Savior that you will be saved. Remember that faith comes by hearing the Word of God, and salvation comes through faith.
3. Our Mind: (Memory or Thought) – Romans 8:6-7 (New King James Version)
6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
To be carnally minded is the mental leaning of ones fallen nature which leads to death. It is death when concerning both the present enjoyment and ultimate destiny of ones life. We must come to understand that such a mindset can lead to death from a spiritual sense such as taking poison is to the body. Thus a carnally minded person is one who is spiritually dead in the eyes of God. Their problems go much deeper than just mere acts of disobedience, which are just outward signs or appearances of their fleshly urges. The result being their basic leaning and course towards gratifying themselves regardless of how religious and moral they may appear. Such a person is opposed to God. Even the good deeds that unbelievers perform are not a fulfillment of God’s law, because they’re the result of a heart that’s in rebellion to God. On the other hand, one who is spiritually minded has life and peace. You may ask how? The answer is because the Spirit of God is the guarantee of life. To be at peace with God and to know that your very life is in His hands brings about that peace. But just how do we achieve this? by having a Christ–Centered mindset. When our interests and mindset are placed on the things of the Spirit of God, there is a peace within our lives which surpasses all understanding.
I want you to know that regardless of who you are and where you’ve been in your life; God truly wants to change your life. He desires to change your attitude, your heart and your mind. God wants you to know today that you’re not beyond His loving reach. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Today if you hear His voice harden not your hearts. There is only one answer to a total change of attitude, heart and mind and the answer to that adjustment is Jesus Christ. May God bless you.