I am amazed at how great and how good God has been to us. He has not changed, but we have. We have obtained mercy, been brought into His kingdom, and been transformed. When we meet Jesus, everything changes: our lifestyle and our destiny.
You may find yourself involved in different activities from those you did before. Your vocabulary might change. What you spend your money on changes.
You change, but He remains the same.
You have different thoughts and different feelings. Your health might change, your view on old age and children and different cultures changes in the light of an encounter with Jesus.
Your friends start changing or you change friends. The way you look might change. What you read, what you watch changes. It’s supposed to. You change what you laugh at and value in life.
Jesus’ very nature causes change, yet He remains the same.
He changes us on a continual basis, but He does not ever change. God has a way of changing your life.
What is it about the power of God and His nature that changes us? What is the change agent? Is it that you are brought from the temporal to the eternal? It is His nature to cause things to be different when He meets it. The change is always good. Every change He makes is good. The end is always better than the beginning.
The process might hurt, but in the end, the change is always good. He changed Abram to Abraham. He changed Joseph from a slave to royalty. He changed Esther from a teen-aged orphan to a queen. He changed David from a shepherd boy to a giant killer and a king. He changed Gideon from a cowardly man from nowhere to a leader who delivered Israel. He changed a stuttering vagabond runaway to a man who spoke to kings and delivered Israel.
A demon infested woman was delivered by Jesus and He was not changed. Jesus had more than 12 men around. He also had a bunch of ex-demon infested women following Him around too. He is the same One who found me drunk and confused and changed me!
God changes you, but He doesn’t change.
God never says, ‘Oops.’ You will never shock or surprise God. He will never sweat the small stuff and it’s ALL small stuff to Him. Jesus remains the same. He’s never without an answer or without a plan. There is nothing that can relieve Him from being God and in total control.
If He did it before, He can do it now. Just because the devil is making more noise, God is not less powerful. Jesus changed a simple fisherman into a leader of the church. He changed a man who was a murderer of Christians into the Apostle Paul. Over half the New Testament was written by a former terrorist. He did it back then, He can do it today!
If He did it for me, He can do it for YOU!
Numbers 23 has the story of Balaam and Balak. King Balak paid a prophet, Balaam, to curse God’s people.
Balaam couldn’t curse the people because God wouldn’t let him.
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
If it’s blessed by God, you can’t curse it. If it’s cursed by God, you can’t make it blessed.
Psalm 119:160 “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”
Before things got started, God had something to finish.
It is in God’s nature to change, but remain the same. God will change you without changing Himself. The values He holds will not change. People will change, but God will not change.
Psalm 102:26-27 “They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”
Jesus won’t change. Clothes go out of style, but Jesus will never go out of style. He will never change. Jesus will be with you always and He will never change.
Mat 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”
If everybody on planet Earth stopped believing God, He would still be there. If everybody stopped believing His Word, it would still be true.
I Peter 1:24-25 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”
We can’t go back in time. We grow and decay a little bit every day. All flesh will wither away. But the Word of the Lord endures forever.
God will not stoop down to some level He was not at before. He is still so holy that evil cannot taint Him. He is still true and no lie can contradict Him.
God’s Word cannot be altered. If the church will be built on the foundation of the Word, she will endure forever. If your life is firmly founded on the unchanging Word of God, you will endure.
God’s Word is still relevant today. ‘If God is for us, who can be against us?’
God’s Word never changes. He is still a provider, still a healer. He is still able. He is a giver.
James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”
God doesn’t change! If He was a giver yesterday, He is still a giver today. His love endures forever. Sin is still sin and holiness is still holiness. It is still good for a man to lay down his life for his friends. It is still good to fight the good fight.
Remember when you first met Jesus. Remember how everything changed. Remember how wonderful it was to be in His Presence. Remember how much you loved to read His Word.
Remind yourself that God hasn’t changed. Though you’ve been in the church for a while and your excitement level has come down, He hasn’t changed! He is still worthy! God has in His very nature an unchangeableness. He changes us, but He remains the same.
God is still the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
If something from the temple, something holy, touches something common, the holy things becomes common. When something pure, like pure water, has mud put in it, the water is no longer pure. But, if you bring something to the altar, the altar does the changing. Jesus alone can make something dirty, clean. He can make something impure, pure.
What saves your soul does not get tainted. Jesus still has the same power and ability to cleanse and change lives. The healing agent of Jesus has not lost its ability. The values of holiness have not lost their levels of holiness because the world has changed.
Sometimes, you gotta say to the storm, ‘Peace be still, God is still the God of the storm.’
God knows what’s going on in the world and He is not changed by it. The rules that God has set still apply.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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