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Confronting Change with Courage

Worldwide change is all around us. Life as we have known it is suddenly unavailable. Questions abound and the answers like our world just keep changing.  What would happen if we quit asking, “Why?” and somehow learned to embrace the change?

Trying to understand God by evaluating my circumstances, I am dismissing the truths God teaches us about Himself and judging Him rather than the circumstances.  By encouraging us to ask God why things are what they are, Satan seeks to malign God’s character and weaken our faith.

From the Garden till the end of time described in the book of Revelation, God’s enemy, Satan, is seeking to convince humans that our creator is not good. Change is one of those places where we become the most vulnerable. Little everyday changes wear on us. Big life changers like bad health, the death of a loved one, or even a lost job, are breeding grounds for doubt. The lies of the enemy feed those doubts and cause them to grow.

We are told to put on the armor of God in Ephesians 6. We are not told to fight. We are told to stand. We are told to pray. How can we pray without faith in the God to whom we pray? How can we stand firm if our feet are sinking in the mire of doubting God’s goodness?

God gives us His Word to help us stand firm and pray with strength against the enemy. That firm faith and powerful prayer life are built upon the truths of God’s Word. Faith is, after all, taking God at His Word and obeying it.

When life changes knock us down will we let them hold us to the ground as we wrestle with deciding how God can possibly be good while letting this happen to us. We have a choice. If we truly believe that the Word of God is the infallible truth that God has revealed by His Spirit to us, then we don’t need to wrestle in the mud with change. We can lift it up through the power of prayer, stand firm dressed in the armor of God and having done all to stand we will stand firm, holding change up as a banner over us of love. God never promised us easy but He did promise us peace. He said, “ I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering,  but take courage –I have conquered the world..” John 16:33 (NET)

In Philippians 4:6-7 (NET) we are promised, “Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds[e] in Christ Jesus.”

Change comes to us all. We don’t’ get to choose when it will come or if it will come. We do get to choose what we believe when it comes. Don’t let the enemy rob you or your children of the inheritance that we have in Christ. We have the blessed assurance of God’s Word:

Romans 8:28 (NET BIBLE) “And we know that all things work together* for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose”

Philippians 4:19 (NET BIBLE) “And my God will supply your every need* according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NET BIBLE) “No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others. And God is faithful*: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.”

*emphasis mine

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Suzi Ciliberti

Suzi Ciliberti works for Christar, a Missions Agency that plants churches among least-reached Asians worldwide. She served in Japan for two years as a single missionary and another nine with her husband and two children, then the family returned to the states. She and her husband have been serving in the US Mobilization Center since 2000. As a part of the Member Care Department, Suzi is consultant to families with children. She has been working as a children’s teacher since she was 17 and began her training under Child Evangelism Fellowship. She has taught in the church, as a school teacher for two years in a Christian elementary school, and as a speaker for adults training to work with children. She has also trained children, who are a part of families that work overseas, in their identity in Christ. She brings 44 years of teaching experience to her work. She loves creative writing as well as teaching and has found great fulfillment in combining the two as she blogs for Heartprints. She finds it a great privilege and joy to serve the Lord and His people. One of her favorite verses is Deuteronomy 4:10b, "Gather the people to Me, and I will let them hear My words, that they may learn to fear Me all the days they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children."

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