Transformation – Part 1

Ten Steps To Change

1. Realize you need to change.

  • The first step in dealing with sin is to realize that you are being tempted and that you need to change.
  • Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. Ps 139:23-24
    • Search- chaqar- to penetrate, to examine intimately.
      • Go beyond the surface.
    • Try- bachan- to test, investigate, put on trial.
      • Try your actions against the Word of God.

2. Make a decision to change.

  • People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy. Prov 28:13
  • A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance. Prov 28:13 TLB
    • Admitting our faults and deciding to change is the road to prosperity.
  • Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4
    • God will help you change if you make change a desire of your heart.
  • “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,” Deut 30:19
    • Our decision to change enables us to do everything necessary to accomplish change. It is a decision.

3. Prayer and confession.

  • Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16
    • When we pray, we are asking for God’s help to overcome.
    • Only God has the power to help us overcome.
  • But all things become visible when they are exposed by the light, for everything that becomes visible is light. Eph 5:13
    • Confession to him and others brings sin into the light so that God can deal with it.

4. Spend time with God.

  • After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray. Mark 6:46
    • If Jesus needed to get alone and pray, then so do we.
    • The people or things that we spend the most time with has the most influence on us.
    • Do we spend more time with the media, recreation or God?

5. Fasting. Food is your #1 desire.

  • Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 And He said to them, “Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. 21[” But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Matt 17:19-21
    • Temptation is something our flesh desires, but that God says is off limits. It is a desire that comes easily to us.
    • Food is our strongest desire.
    • When we are able to make our #1 desire (desire for food) submit to the will of God, then it is easier to make other desires submit to Him.

6. Memorize scriptures.

  • And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” 4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” Matt 4:3-4
    • Jesus quoted Scripture. We need to also.
  • For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Heb 4:12
    • The Word of God is alive and powerful.
    • It exposes the darkness of temptation in our lives.
    • The Bible neutralizes the power of temptation, sin and the enemy when we speak it.

7. Deny any activity that leads to the habit.

  • Then Delilah pouted, “How can you say you love me when you don’t confide in me? You’ve made fun of me three times now, and you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong!” 16 So day after day she nagged him until he couldn’t stand it any longer. 17 Finally, Samson told her his secret. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.” Judg 16:15-17
    • In areas of weakness in our lives, we must remove the environments where the temptation exists.
    • If we are tempted at certain times, places, in certain relationships or during certain activities we must remove them.
  • “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 ” If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell. Matt 5:29-30
    • It is better to lose something we enjoy if it spares us the pain and separation sin causes.

8. Fellowship with other Christians.

  • and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, 25 not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. Heb 10:24-25
    • We are a part of a body and we need each other.
    • It is encouraging to be around others who are going after God with all of their heart and have dealt with and overcome some of the very things we are going through.
  • Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world. 1 Peter 5:8-9
    • God comforts us with the knowledge that others are fighting against the enemy also.

9. Find an accountability partner.

  • but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. 2 Cor 4:2
    • People can represent God to us and motivate us to change.

10. Your attitude can’t be casual, but vigilant.

  • Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent. Rev 3:19
    • Zealous- zeloo- to have warmth of feeling for or against. From: zeo- to be hot, boil if a liquid, glow if a solid. There are no victories at discount prices. -General Dwight Eisenhower.


Let’s Begin to Take Steps That Will produce Real Change In Our Lives!

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