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Life is a Journey
……… a Journey involves Change
…………………… embrace Change in your Life
If I were to I take the three statements listed above and build them into the 3 sides of a triangle, it would illustrate the connection of these concepts. There really is no beginning or end to the cycle. There can be no Life without a Journey; there can be no Journey without a Change; there can be no Change without Life.
The cycle of Life-Journey-Change has both natural and supernatural applications.
Master Key Verse : For in Him, we live and move and have our being. – Acts 17:28 (NIV)
For in Him we live and move and are being transformed into His likeness Acts 17:28(LB)
We understand “live” (life) and “move” (journey), but what about ‘have our being’? “Being” is one’s fundamental nature – the fulfillment of possibilities. “Being” is also a present tense verb signifying continual changes. From this, I conclude that “being transformed into His likeness” (change) is the fulfillment of possibilities for us.
Life-Journey-Change is a sequence that we can see portrayed in both our physical and spiritual lives. Let’s see how these three words are fulfilled in God’s Plan, Promise and Purpose for us.
God’s Plan for You
Life begins when conception takes place in a mother’s womb.
*For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and willfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.. – Ps. 139:13-16
Journey is walking out the gift of life given to you.
*The Lord, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success – Gen. 24:40 (spoken by Abraham to his servant as he was sent out to find a wife for Isaac)
*“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord. – Jer. 29:11-14
Change occurs as you allow God to conform you into His likeness.
*And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Rom. 8:28
God’s Promise to You
Life that God offers goes beyond your present life on earth.
*For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Rom. 6:23
Journey can now be walked out in the light with Jesus Christ and other believers.
*If we walk in the light, as Jesus is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. – John 1:7
Change causes you to become a new creation.
*Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! – II Cor.5:17
God’s Purpose for You
Life will offer you more than anything you have previously experienced.
*I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly. – John 10:10 NKJV
Journey will be directed by God as you listen to him.
*Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you say, “This is the way, walk in it.” – Is. 30:21 NKJV
Change occurs so that now you live by faith rather than sight and Jesus Christ lives in you.
*I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Gal. 12:20
Example of Saul/Paul
Let’s take time to see how the cycle of Life-Journey-Change evolved in the life of a man named Saul who later became known as Paul. His story is found in the book of Acts.
Early Life – This man began his life known as Saul who persecuted the early Christians.
Saul’s first mission was to destroy the early church. Going from house to house, he dragged off men and women and put them in prison. – Acts 8:3
Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged tot the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. – Acts 9:1,2
Journey – He traveled from Jerusalem to Damascus, approximately 175 miles.
Based on Acts 9:2,3
Change – He had a personal encounter with Jesus on the Road to Damascus that resulted not only in a name change from Saul to Paul, but his Life’s purpose changed from persecuting Christians to proclaiming the news of Jesus Christ to Jews and Gentiles so thy might become Christians.
See Acts 9:3-28
New Life – Saul becomes known as Paul which is symbolic of a new life with a new name. His life is now lived for Christ rather than for himself.
*Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit… – Acts 13:9
*For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. – Phil 1:21
Journey – He makes three missionary journeys during his lifetime.
*Recorded in Acts 13:1-14:28; 15:36-18:22; 18:23-21:16
Change – The lives of many people were changed and churches of new believers were established because of not only Paul’s three missionary journeys, but also because of letters he wrote to these churches. Lives today, including ours, are continuing to be changed as we read the scriptures and allow God to work in our lives.
*Paul’s life changed when he encountered Jesus on his journey to Damascus and embraced the change Jesus presented for his life. Your life also will be changed as you personally encounter and embrace Jesus on the journey he has planned for you.
Master key Verse: For in Him, we live and move and have our being. – Acts 17:28
What is happening in your life?
Where are you going on your journey?
How do you feel about change?
As you reflect upon the questions in the previous paragraph, please answer these questions from both physical and spiritual perspectives. A physical change and response often occurs before there can be a spiritual change and blessing. Our Life-Journey-Change experience of moving into a new home was a physical time of change for us, but I must say this Life-Journey-Change experience has also presented me with the opportunity for spiritual change. The Bible studies I will share over the next 8 weeks are the result of spiritual growth and blessing for me.
If we will allow our lives to be a journey of following in Christ’s footsteps, we can be changed into His likeness. God desires for the changes a person encounters during one’s earthly life to prepare him/her to live with Him eternally. Jesus came to live and die on earth so that when we die we can live with Him eternally. Jesus’ earthly life showed us the path for our Life-Journey-Change and His heavenly life gives us the power with which to live life and walk the journey in order to be changed into His likeness for evermore!