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Break the Cycle

3 Feb


In the Old Testament, following the story of the Israelites, we can often see a pattern throughout the journey. The Israelites are notorious for getting comfortable, indulging in sin, losing their battles, then turning back to God for strength and grace. While this result is better than completely turning away from God. This pattern can have its dangers.

Sometimes in today’s world, we can get caught up in similar cycles. It may be a weekly cycle, where we pray in church, receive grace, be refreshed; then by the time Wednesday hits, we are back to our old behaviour. Every week it is repeated. Just like the Israelites did.

While I have no issues with people going back to the cross, praying for grace, for strength and for love from God, the alter is open for everyone! I do have an issue with it. if it stops people from going beyond the cross; from growing in God. I believe this behaviour becomes an instinct we can initiate while remaining comfortable. When we make a mistake, we go back to God, then we repeat it again; without never truly experiencing change, growth or transformation.

Growth comes from learning from what has happened and applying the lessons today in order to grow for tomorrow. If we are continually displaying the same behaviour and never learning, we lack growth. Out of the lack, it is hard for God to lead us to where he wants us to go. God has called us to the process of being transformed by his love and grace.

Ephesians 4:22-24 – To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

God has called us to overcome, to break strongholds, to live in freedom. How can we do this? By being active. We need to do something. We can’t expect God to do it all and he won’t do it all. When we are active, we actively seek God, seek growth and seek change. When we become seekers and doers, we allow ourselves to be transformed by God and living out his calling for our lives. Rather than passively awaiting for what is to come. We cannot attain righteousness without pursuing it!

James 1:22-25 –But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

What are we doing today to help us be transformed and renewed by God? Don’t let the past mistakes, problems or issues cause you to stand idle. Break the cycle today and be a doer of the word.