HOUSE TO HOUSE, by Larry Kreider states on page 141:
The only thing that is constant on this earth is the Word of God and change.
Our lives are in a constant state of fluctuation. I don’t believe we can be stagnant or remain stationary; in one place. If we’re not moving forward then we are backsliding.
We know that one of the principle doctrines of the New Testament is the doctrine of Regeneration. 2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
This regeneration is not just a onetime event but an ongoing process. 2Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Also, Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (NKJV)
And of course I’ve told you many times about Romans 8:29, “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” (NKJV)
We, as humans, don’t like change. We are creatures of habit. We love routine. Routine means familiarity which brings a certain amount of security to us.
Change on the other hand, invokes a sense of the unknown and we just naturally do not like the unknown.
Most of us probably know people who have become “set in their ways”. It is doubtful that they became that way intentionally. They probably allowed routine to take over the control of their lives.
We cannot allow ourselves to become old wineskins (Matthew 9:17). Old wineskins become useless because they grow stiff, hard and brittle. We must stay teachable, pliable, moldable, and usable by the Holy Spirit.
It is imperative that we be open to change!
Again — We cannot allow ourselves to become old wineskins. We must stay teachable, pliable, moldable, and usable by the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus told the disciples to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, He was referring to their traditions which were undermining the Word of God. We can get so bogged down by tradition that we refuse to allow change to occur.
We have to be discerning of where God is leading.
We must have a paradigm shift. We must be prepared to move away from the status quo and embrace change.
God has entrusted me to shepherd and teach you. I endeavor to be like Paul and declare to you what I believe is the whole counsel of God.
I love you guys and I want nothing but God’s best for you. That best will come as we purpose in our hearts to embrace change, remain teachable, and submit ourselves as clay in the hands of the Potter.
Pastor Bob Haught