You Can Change by UCB.

You Can Change

The UCB Word for Today – 29 Sept Apr 2017

‘We are the clay, and you are the potter.’
Isaiah 64:8 NLT

Ever watched a lump of clay being transformed into something beautiful? If the potter wasn’t shaping it, the clay wouldn’t change. Isaiah says, ‘We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand.’ With God shaping us, we’re transformed into something even more beautiful than we were before. The things that we struggle with, our worries, phobias, habits and temptations, can all be left behind when we let God start to shape us.
We might feel that we can’t change, that we’re going to be trapped by the things we struggle with forever. But that’s not true. There’s hope and a promise of freedom for us, because God works with us to create a beautiful life. In Jeremiah 18, God paints the picture of a potter who, when the pot didn’t go quite right, reshaped it into something else. That’s what God does with us too.
When we feel broken or have lost our way, He takes us and reshapes us. All we have to do is place our lives in His hands. Trying to change ourselves only leads to stress because when it doesn’t work, and we go backwards, we can feel like we’ve failed. God wants to help us change permanently, He wants to gently mould and transform us.
When we stop trying to change ourselves and surrender to God, true and lasting change can take place. And He won’t give up helping us to change, the Bible says: ‘he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 1:6 NIV).

What Now?

Think about some of the things in your life that you feel are holding back. Spend some time handing them over to God to make something beautiful from them.

 

Beautiful Transformation

‘We are the clay, and you are the potter.’
Isaiah 64:8 NLT

Ever watch a lump of clay being transformed into something beautiful? The clay can’t change itself; the power to do that lies in the hands of the potter. Isaiah says, ‘We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are all formed by your hand.’

That means you don’t have to live the rest of your life with your phobias and hang-ups; God can change you. Even if you’ve been a worrier all your life, you don’t have to worry for the rest of your life. So, what if you were born in poverty or prejudice? You don’t have to die that way.

Where did you get the idea that you can’t change? What’s the source of comments such as ‘It’s just my nature to worry,’ or ‘I’ll always be pessimistic; I’m just that way,’ or ‘I come from a family of alcoholics and addicts so I’ll never be free’?

Would you make the same statement about your physical body? ‘It’s just my nature to have a broken leg. I can’t do anything about it.’ Of course not. If your body malfunctions, you seek help.

Shouldn’t you do the same with your sinful appetites, sour attitudes, and selfish tirades? What the world sees as rubbish, God sees as treasure. And like the potter, He can take you, mould you, and make you into a vessel of honour (see 2 Timothy 2:21).

All you have to do is place your life in His hands. We sing, ‘Have Thine own way, Lord, have Thine own way. Thou art the potter, I am the clay.’ When you stop trying to change yourself and surrender to God, true and lasting change takes place.

 

 

The above post ‘You can change  is from  The UCB Word for Today – 29 Sept 2017. For the online daily Bible readings The Word For Today, please see UCB below: 

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Speaker-Author-Radio Host (Ex New Age Spiritualist). Laura educates people on the dangers of the New Age, Occult, New World Order, etc. She is the founder of ministry A Spiritual Quest. See her TV shows, blog, articles, etc, on http://OurSpiritualQuest.com
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