It’s extremely interesting to me that we serve a God who is as old as time itself, but who is always into new things. He said, “I am the Lord and I do not change.”1
And yet, He’s also the God who says such things as, “Look I make all things new.”2 “The old life is gone. The new life has begun.”3 He gives us a new song to sing,4 a new day,5 new strength6 and a new name.7
When I read about a God who never changes, it many times brings up my fifth grade teacher, Mrs. Y. She had routines for everything. The mantra was we don’t do it that way, whenever, as children do, we decided to do it differently. God is nothing like a Mrs. Y or Mr. Z at the high school who REALLY wanted you to be in class on time or you’d be in detention after school.
To tell Mrs. Y or Mr. Z that they couldn’t follow their rules would totally disorient them. As a matter of fact, I don’t think they’d ever get over the change.
Our God who never changes, though is into new things. That seems like a conundrum, but the idea of a God stuck in His ways, not rolling with the tide is just totally untrue.
A truer picture would be that God is so far ahead of us it would make our head spin just to think about it. Listen to some of things He told Isaiah.
“I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”8
“Now I will tell you new things, secrets you have not yet heard. They are brand new, not things from the past. So you cannot say, ‘We knew that all the time!’ Yes, I will tell you of things that are entirely new, things you never heard of before.”9
So how can God initiate change when He Himself does not change.
Let me ask you this, does Someone who is perfect need to change Himself? No, He only changes others to become like Him.
Paul says, “You will be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with Him! For God has re-created you all over again in His perfect righteousness, and you now belong to Him in the realm of true holiness.”10
This is not hard to understand. We become like Christ when we totally live in union with Him. We have various Christian phrases for this: Spiritled, Christ-centered, living the crucified life, denying one’s self. All of these are saying the same thing—we’ve got to change folks.
God is so into change for us that He sent His Son who was so far beyond where we are it would be like us becoming a piece of paper. That would really cramp our style. Well, hey, it cramped Jesus’ style. too. But He did it to show us, living in union with the Holy Spirit while living in a human body is more than just probable, it is possible.
Still we can’t do it by ourselves. We need Him. We need the Spirit of the One who raised Christ11 from the dead to give life to our mortal bodies.
Part of this is overcoming the “body” difficulties that plague us, even the unhealthy way we eat whatever we want, whenever we want giving no thought to what we are doing to our bodies, the temple of the Holy Spirit, the container of our soul and spirit. God only gave us one body and although man is trying to make spare parts, they are not like the genuine.
I’ve learned for years, I wasn’t Spiritled, I was body-led. Whatever my body wanted to do—eat, not move, sleep, watch tv, read, lounge around, eat some more—I would do. My soul followed along willingly. The soul will go with whichever is stronger in us. If our body is screaming loudest, it will go with that. If our spirit is totally connected to God’s Spirit and understanding His ways, it will go with our spirit.
It’s not easy to reverse the process. I know because it took me years to do it. I’ve shared my story with many of you in my memoir, Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds. Recently, I put together four short video courses that delve deeper into the issues presented in Sweet Grace. There are four videos with study guides and action steps to help you understand how God helps us overcome temptation, gives us power when we feel powerless, why surrender is so important and how sweetness for your soul is really the key to everything. If you loved Sweet Grace, you will adore these video short courses. Get one or all four at a discount on the Videos page.
Today, I’m learning more each day about what it means to allow my spirit activated by God’s Spirit to be the One in charge of my life. I’d love to hear how that works for you.
1 Malachi 3:6
2 Revelation 21:5 NLT
3 2 Cor 5:17 NLT
4 Psalm 33:3 NLT
5 Eccelesiastes 11;7 NLT
6 Isaiah 40:31 NLT
7 Isaiah 62:2 NLT
8 Isaiah 43:19 NLT
9 Isaiah 48:6-8 NLT
10 Ephesians 4:24 TPT
11 Romans 8:11 NLT