Updated: Dec 1, 2020
In John 15:5, Jesus says, I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
I love this scripture because it reminds me that God doesn’t expect me to change on my own. He is the power source and gives us the grace and strength we need to do what’s right and make changes in our lives.
Here’s how we cooperate with Him, doing what we can do to bring about change:
We hear the truth in God’s Word and we’re convicted by it. It’s the Word that shows us who we are and reveals the sin in our lives. We have to realize what we’re doing wrong before we can know what needs to change and how.
Then we repent of our sin. Being repentant means we’re sincerely sorry and willing to turn away from it.
The next step is to study the Word in the area we need change. For example, if I have a problem with anger, I need to study scriptures about anger and forgiveness. Use the Word like medicine and take it into your heart and mind. There is power in God’s Word to bring change to our souls!
God Will Reward You
Change is a process, and it’s often a lengthy one. It usually doesn’t happen overnight, but if we’re determined to trust God and obey His Word, He will be faithful to give us the grace and strength we need to do what we can do and experience the changes He has for us.
The key is for us to focus on God and the good things. Don’t get stuck in your past, mourning for things you can’t change or get back.
Remember that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6 NKJV). He is a God of justice and recompense, and He wants to give you a twofold blessing for your trouble (see Isaiah 61:7-8).
God loves you! Seek Him diligently and experience the righteousness, peace and joy He wants you to have today.