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1 1 The Power To Change Your Life Study on the Fruit of the Spirit Galatians 5:22-23

2 2 A Story… 3 merchants crossing Arabian Desert Dark, starless night Mysterious voice tell them to stop Stoop, pick up pebbles and put in pocket Told to leave and not to camp nearby Also told that in the morning, they would be both happy and sad In the morning, they checked their pockets and found jewels instead of pebbles Happy they picked up jewels Sad, they had not picked up more when they have the opportunity

3 3 The Power To Change Power in the Bible Power - occurs 57 times in NT Used to describe the resurrection of Jesus Most important thing in life – Paul I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection. Phil. 3:10 Paul want others to know it too …that you may know…the surpassing greatness of his power towards us…which he worked in Christ in raising him from the dead… - Eph. 1:19-20 Greek – dunamis, root for dynamite Same power that raised Jesus from the dead can be used to transform our lives The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change

4 4 Gods power will… Cancel past Nailed to the cross - Col 2:13-14 Remember no more - Jer 31:34 No condemnation in Christ - Rom 8 Forget whats behind, press forward - Phil 3:13-14 Conquer problems Nothing shall separate us from Gods love…more than conquerors - Rom 8:35-37 Boldness to face opposition - Acts 4:29-31 Change personality New life, indwelling Spirit Do you believe in Gods Power? The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change

5 5 A Partnership A spiritual workout Therefore my dear friends, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence, continue to work out (cultivate- mkjv) your salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who works in you, to will and to act according to His good purpose. – Phil. 2:12-13 Gods Part Your Part God provides the power but we must flip the switch The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change

6 6 Gods Part Through His word All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped in every good work Tim. 3:16-17 Through the Holy Spirit You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. Rom 8:9-11 The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change Change is a Partnership Gods Part

7 7 Through circumstances Everything happen for a reason And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. - Rom. 8:28 We can learn if we have the right attitude No difference in source of circumstances Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being. - Prov. 20:30 God whispers to us in our pleasure but shouts to us in our pain. – CS Lewis The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change Change is a Partnership Gods Part

8 8 Your Part Choose your thoughts Be careful how you think Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. - Prov. 4:23 What I Think What I Feel How I Act You are not what you think you are; what you think, you are. Change begins with your thought patterns Renewing of your mind And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. - Rom. 12:2 Adjust your autopilot The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change Change is a Partnership Gods Part Your Part

9 9 Meditating on Gods word Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful, but his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. - Psa. 1:2 Meditation is thought digestion Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom… - Col. 3:16 Think on these things Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,… honest,…just,…pure,…lovely,…of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. - Phil. 4:8 The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change Change is a Partnership Gods Part Your Part

10 10 Your Part Depend on the Holy Spirit The vine and branches I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. – Jn 15:5 Change is an inside job Your prayer life demonstrate your dependence on God Whatever you pray about show you are hooked on God. Whatever you dont pray about is what you are trying to do on your own. Decisions, needs, interests, schedule, problems, people…everything The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change Change is a Partnership Gods Part Your Part

11 11 Your Part Respond wisely to circumstances Cannot control circumstances but we can control how we respond to them Experiences ---> 2 Bs Bitter person Better person Not so much what happen to us but what happens in us Rejoice in our trials Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character and character, hope. - Rom. 5:3-4 The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change Change is a Partnership Gods Part Your Part

12 12 Your Part Josephs case – betrayed by brothers, sold to slavery You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good - Gen. 50:20 Paradox of producing fruit of Spirit The fertilizer factor Learn love by being around difficult people Patience without trials? Peace without storm? The Power To Change Your Life The Power To Change Change is a Partnership Gods Part Your Part

13 13 The Change Begins NOW Desire to change Co-operate with God Read, study and meditate on the Bible Let the Holy Spirit control your life Accept circumstances as part of Gods plan Ask God for help Change takes time One More Night With The Frogs?

14 14 Cultivating The Fruit Of The Spirit Love - Love - Become A More Loving Person Joy Joy - The Choice to Rejoice Peace - Peace - Peaceful Living in an Uptight World Long-suffering - Long-suffering - Developing Your Patience Kindness Kindness - Putting on a Little Kindness Goodness - Goodness - Living the Good Life Faith Faith - The One Who Can Be Counted On Meekness - Meekness - A Gentle Approach Self-Control - Self-Control - Developing Self-Control


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