"Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."
(Proverbs 4:23 KJV)
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
(Philippians 4:13 KJV)
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
(2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)
Major changes must occur when we are converted to Christianity and we begin to serve Our Awesome God (Ephesians 4:22-24 KJV). Our old practices and attitudes must be replaced by Christian ones. Christians must learn good practices like Bible study, prayer, love, faith, patience, attending church meetings, giving, teaching others, etc. We must also eliminate bad practices like foul language, uncontrolled temper, gambling, drugs, smoking, drinking, gossip, lying, pornography, sexual promiscuity, etc. Many of these will take some time and you can't successfully do it without God’s help.
If you try alone to change, you'll usually fail and likely become discouraged. Ask for Our Awesome God's help on each change and make prayer a necessity before you make decisions. Confess each sin immediately and ask God to forgive you each time you fall back into it. Keep trying, but be patient with yourself and God and you’ll actually make faster progress.
Our Awesome God will help you to change to His ways and His practices slow enough that you can understand why you are changing and you can see the benefits of changing from bad practices to good. Join a Celebrate Recovery group to encourage you, help you understand, and keep you on "track" with changing your old practice to God's practice and ways. Call Pastor Stevens at Living Word Baptist Church, 469-362-9010 for help finding a CR group near you.
Changing yourself to be more Christ-like is a life time job! God bless you! We encourage and help those who are using Christ as their example. If you are a Christian who has strayed away from Our Awesome God or someone who has never been a Christian or a person who needs to help minister to others, join us at Living Word Baptist Church on Sunday at 9:30 AM, then at10:30 AM for worship and at 6:00 PM we have AWANA for children and Bible Study. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill