Many of us, when confronted by difficulties, struggle to maintain the victory -- of spirit over flesh…faith over fear…and the truth of God -- over the lies of the enemy of our soul. Sound familiar?
Here are three strategies, that I learned while here studying at Without Walls, under Pastor Paula White, in Tampa, Florida. These three keys will bring about daily spiritual renewal and transformation through the power of God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit:
#1: Stop Dwelling on Past Failures and Injuries. Failure is a part of life. When you fail, the most important thing is to pick yourself up and choose to move forward. At the same time, recognize that those around you have shortcomings and will fail, and possibly cause you pain, from time to time as well. Don’t get stuck in moments of failure – yours or theirs. Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:3: “And why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye, yet pay no attention to the log that is in your own eye”? Ask God to forgive – and help you forgive --what needs to be forgiven, and ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight on how to move forward. KEY: Forgiveness is a spiritual necessity to unlocking your own blessings allowing them to flow freely. Whatever and whomever you are holding in unforgiveness I implore you to stop right now and forgive them, and ask God to forgive them too, in Jesus name. The moment you do you will begin to feel the weight of that past failure or injury lighten allowing you to move freer and more victoriously.
#2: Remain Open to Change. Everything in life changes. Only through learning how to navigate transition will you be able to bend – and not break – when upheaval, loss, and change occurs in your life. Don't be afraid of change. Accept change as good. Ask God to help you “change your mind” about change…read God’s Word to learn how Jesus counseled His followers on the changes it would be necessary to make to achieve their destiny and enter God’s kingdom…and listen for the counsel of the Holy Spirit as you prepare for the new opportunities change will reveal!
Use these strategies to achieve the daily renewal, transformation, and freedom through Christ and the Holy Spirit that God intends for you. Your best is yet to come!