HOW TO HANDLE CHANGE, Dr. Steve With – 8/23/2015

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How to Deal with Change, Dr. With  8/23/15

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7 Points from the Bible

Ready for more Joy in your Faith and a Greater Sense of God at Work in your life? Follow these points from His Word!

1. Notice that you are in Change & that Change is Inevitable

18 And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18

  a. Change is a part of Life for a Christ Followers

b. Might seem like a no-brainer, but it takes some practice

to become aware of change instead of denying it.

c. Don’t try to Run and Hide .

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” K. K. Clark

2. Face the Fact that Change can be Beyond your Control

3 As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. 4 He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul!  Why are you persecuting me?” 5 “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! 6 Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”  Acts 9:3-6

  a. Get past “Why me?” “But I don’t want to!” & ”It isn’t fair!”

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11

  

b. Gather  your Fears and  Worries together, and Give

them to the Lord. (you might do this with a friend or pastor)

22 Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. Psalm 55:22 

3. Figure out when to Accept and when to Reject the Change. 

17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17

Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever. Keri Russell

Take time to pray, thing, talk to others. Think about the change.

4. Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude. 

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Ephesians 3:20

  a. Welcome change as an opportunity from God to grow Us.

b. Give Gory and Gratitude for what He does.

5. Fix  your Thoughts and Focus with each Change.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Philippians 4:8

  a. Ask Yourself:

    i. How can I have a positive attitude?

ii. How do I choose to have godly thoughts?

iii. How can I get a Friend to help me in this?

iv. How do I see God working in this?

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw

6. Pray for Clarity  in Understanding the Change

4 Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Psalm 25:4

    a. The Lord wants to be in this With You

b. Remember Change is often Difficult

9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 2 Corinthians 7:9

7. Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals to help you Grow through Change.     

  a. Smart goal setting helps you decide how to make the

change happen and to recognize your successes.

S – Specific

M – Measurable

A – Attainable

R – Realistic

T – Timely

14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14 (ESV)

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