Is it God Who Changes Us or Us Who Changes…Us?

Things ChangeFunny way to word things in the title, but I think the Holy Spirit wants me to let you all know what change actually means and he is leading to me to expound on what change means according to man and according to Him. To begin, let me show you why people can not change themselves-completely; and that it is only through allowing God inside.

The Definition and etymology of “change” may blow your mind.

The word change is a transitive verb meaning it flows. But where to? It flows to the object receiving the action of the verb. So when someone tells me they have changed, immediately my brain asks: “Who/what has changed you or what have you changed?”

What really bugs me a little is that change comes from the Latin word cambiare which actually means to exchange.

What needs to be exchanged? Could it be I am exchanging pride for humility so God can teach me? Hmmm.

Okay, okay, let’s keep this one simple: When we change something, it means we are molding something, shaping it to make different. Like how clay can be molded into masks and then put into the kiln to burn or how we take outfits and alter them to suit our tastes. So, yes  we can effect change in some things. But ourselves?

Dropping a word of encouragement can cause a change in a person- if they accept it and nurture it as they should. Accept? Nurture? I’ll get back to this later because already you think it is something that must be done by you in order to change but there is nothing your hands, or eyes, or legs and toes can do to change yourself…

Some great quotes on change I have read or heard:

Go to the altar to be altered”

“The universe is change : our life is what our thoughts make it”-Marcus Aurelius

“Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the Phoenix”-Christina Baldwin

Change is definitely constant and rebirth is something we cannot do. Instead of the “Which came first the chicken or the egg?” question, we are now wondering: Is it I who changes or did God change me?

Going back to nurturing and accepting. These are keys to unlock the door of change. A stubborn person never receives help, but the one who takes the seed of encouragement and wisdom, has now let in some essence of God but believing in His Son causes powerful change and thus those great testimonies.

Before I go to Scripture…

As I’ve mentioned before, the word change is a transitive verb which means an object is receiving an action. In my spiritual eye I see this as meaning total SURRENDER to the Lord.

So yes, we do have to do something.

We need to let go and let Him in.

Because those nasty habits, addictions and other ungodly behaviors requires God anyway- not you. You are not equipped in the flesh to handle something like that. The battle is his.

If you quit smoking, that means something inside you enabled you to do so.

If you quit snapping at folks and getting angry all the time, something inside you snapped in order for you to stop.

There is no physical program or button that you have pressed to suddenly eat healthier, love better and make better choices.

When folks say, “I gots to get right before going to church.” What in the heck do they mean? If you can get right yourself you don’t need the Lord then.

Some Scriptures about Change.

Romans 12:1-2

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

1 Corinthians 15:51

Ephesians 2:8-9

Titus 3:5

While you search those Scriptures. Think about what repent really means. It means to change your mind about something or to feel contrite about the wrongs(sins) you have done.

And you do that by simply submitting to Christ and then you will find you love Him so much, that your outward habits will naturally(or should I say supernaturally) change anyway.

What do you think? 🙂

God Bless Yall!

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