Tim Cole: You can’t change without Him
You may say, “I can’t change. I can’t walk out of what I’m in. I can’t make a difference in my life no matter how hard I try. I’ve tried and tried, and I always end up falling back.”
One step is all you need. One step toward Jesus. Surrender to Jesus, His arms of love, the reality of His power. That is the one step that will change everything for you. The only thing that will change your life forever. The following steps will be filled with His power instead of your weakness. Filled with His healing love instead of condemnation. Filled with faith instead of doubt. Filled with victory instead of defeat. Filled with God’s supernatural strength instead of crippling frustration. You won’t be alone anymore. You will be empowered by His presence.
If you fall, He will lift you up and enable you to stand. The chains you haven’t been able to break will begin to fall off in the presence of His Almightiness. One step.
No matter what steps you take, remember to take the one step first. There are 12-step programs, resident programs, and counselors. There are many good steps out there to choose from. I do recommend a Christian counselor. They will share biblical principles that will change your life. Thank God for reform and rehab, but without Jesus, they are just band aids. What we need is a cure.
A friend shared a dream with me. He had worsening problems with drinking. He was struggling. In his dream he saw himself waking up on the shore of a big lake. He was gasping for breath. He knew he had been to the brink of death and come back. It woke him up and he got into a rehab program. When I was listening to his testimony of recovery I noticed one thing missing. Jesus. No mention of Jesus. Without Jesus, our changes are temporary.
Jesus said, “He whom the Son of God sets free is free indeed.” Jesus forgives, strengthens, heals and delivers. He makes us whole. He gives us a new life that never ends.
That one step is the foundation of a lasting recovery. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Jesus is the main thing.
Jesus came to Martha and Mary’s house. Martha was busy and burdened with many things. Mary was found sitting at Jesus’ feet, hanging on every Word He said. Martha asked Jesus to make Mary come help in the kitchen. Jesus said, “The one thing that is important and needed more than anything else, Mary has found, and it shall not be taken away from her.”
The changes we need, the power to live a new life, is found in looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. The work God has begun in us He will continue until the day Jesus comes again. Jesus didn’t bring us this far to leave us. He didn’t teach us to swim to let us drown. He didn’t build His home in us to move away. He didn’t lift us up to let us down. Jesus changes us from the inside out.
Jesus on the inside, working on the outside, oh what a change in my life.