Navigating Change By Position
When change is required or requested, we could refuse to make the change in disobedience, we could make change happen in our own strength, or we could lean on God and navigate change through a surrendered, obedient faith.
The opposite of faith is self-sufficiency, or pride, that refuses to yield to God, but leans on our own desires, abilities, and strengths. It is also a rebellion, or refusal, to trust and obey God. Faith is about surrendering control, allowing God to be our God, or the Lord of our life. Lordship isn’t just a one-time thing; lordship means we are taking up our cross daily to follow Him.
Change could be a new season, some sort of shift in life, or a move.
Change could be an instruction to do something differently that would cause a new result.
Change could be a breakthrough to receive a promise God gave.
Since faith is reliance, it’s going to take a surrender in order to navigate a new season, something different, or a breakthrough. When we are surrendered to the Lord, we are:
· Flexible. I choose to let go of my way, and willing to try something new. I can bend.
· Adaptable. Whatever the new thing is, I am able to adjust myself to make it work.
· Teachable. New seasons bring new methods, new culture, new tools. We can learn.
From a position of surrender, we put action to God’s instruction. Faith with works is dead, or faith without action is useless or dormant. We activate our faith by obedience.
The obedience of faith requires trust in God’s love. This trust believes that God loves us and would never lie to us, manipulate us, and withhold His promises from us. This trust believes that God is able to do what He says He can do and willing to do what He says He will do. When I believe in God, then I can lean on God. If I truly rely on God, then I’ll act on it. I’ll obey.
In navigating change, we may not have the whole picture up front. We may just have a promise with one step of action. When Peter walked on the water, it started with a step. When Moses went to cross the Red Sea, he just lifted up his rod. When Jesus fed a multitude, He asked His disciples to bring whatever they could find. We have to act on what we know, even if what we know is just the start of our journey of faith. Do what you know to do.
If you come to a place where you think you missed it, go back to the last thing God told you.
If you come to a crossroads, ask God for direction and wait on Him. Faith will not act on its own.
If God says go, go, and He’ll lead you as you go. In your spirit, you can tell whether you are on the right track or not. Just keep following that inward voice.
Abraham is known as the father of faith. God told Abraham to get up and start heading in a direction. Abraham didn’t know where he was going, but he made a large decision when he obeyed God. He left home. He had a wife, servants, and possessions he was leading away from home. He was responsible for those people, and he didn’t have the full vision yet. God asked Abraham to believe Him for something impossible- for the love of his life to have a child after menopause.
Was Abraham perfect? No. When he traveled, he was fearful of the men who would harm him in order to have his wife, a beautiful woman. He lied and said she was family, allowing her to go into the arms of a strange man. God had to stop it. There was a time when Abraham also laughed at the promise of God, thinking it wouldn’t come to pass. Then there was the whole Hagar incident, when Abraham tried to fulfill God’s promise another way than through Sarah.
Abraham wasn’t perfect, but was Abraham surrendered? Yes. Absolutely. We see his faith surrendered in obedience when God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac. Finally, a promise was fulfilled when Isaac was born, then God tested Abraham by asking him to take his son’s life. The testing wasn’t to tempt Abraham to murder his own child. The test was to believe God for His provision. In Hebrews we see that Abraham believed God would raise Isaac from the dead. We know God provided a ram, Abraham naming that place “The Lord will Provide.” The testing was a prophetic work, symbolizing the mission of the Messiah, God’s unique Son, to be sacrificed on our behalf.
Abraham believed God, yielded to the Word of God, and acted on his faith. Romans 4 says that his faith was accounted for righteousness. He wasn’t righteous because he was perfect. He wasn’t righteous because he earned the position. Abraham stood before God as righteous because He surrendered and obeyed (Romans 4).
If you ever feel like you can’t receive from God because of your imperfections, or even your failures, be encouraged today. You can receive from God, not based on your performance, but based on your obedient surrender. If you failed at surrender or obedience in the past, here is the good news – God is ALWAYS on our side, cheering us on. He will NEVER LEAVE us. He will NEVER FORSAKE us. The moment we mention His name, His presence will fill the room. The second we turn from relying on our strength and abandon ourselves into His arms, He is there to catch us and hold us tight. His love is based on who He is, which is good news, because we don’t deserve it. His miracles are based on His Promise, and we receive, not by our performance, but by our surrendered obedience. His navigation, transformation, and multiplication is for His glory and His pleasure, not just a fulfillment of our desire.
Through purpose, prayer, passion, and position, God will navigate us through change, taking us from one level of glory to another.