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As singles we often second guess the decisions we have to make - and sometimes we even refuse to make a decision because we don't have clear direction. I am happy to bring you this article by Stephen Mohr that will help you "Handle Seasons of Change".

 How to Handle Seasons of Change!

By Rev. Stephen L.G. Mohr

We as a society have almost become obsessive with our need to move. Sometimes the solution to our problem is as easy as following God's plan to - Stay Put!

"I am tired of these silly neighbors, it's too hard to get along with them - let's move." "I am so sick and tired of my relationship with my family, I have to get out of here." "I am tired of always going to this restaurant, let's try something different." Or, "This church is not 'doing it' for me anymore, let's go to a different church next week."

Many of the stresses in life seem to end with a solution of moving. Whether it be physically from a home, or as simple as where we eat lunch or changing our focus of attention.

The sad thing for Christians is that this mentality in our society has gotten a hold of us as a church. It seems that Christians are very quick to feel the need for change in the church, the pastor, or even something as petty as the color of the carpet. I would venture to say that as you read this collection of thoughts you are saying to yourself "Yes, I have been there!"

Here is some help when you are facing seasons of change.

1. Stay Put

Stay where you are . . . wait for God's plan. Luke 21:19

2. Stay Clean

Keep your life pure . . … free from sin. 1 Cor. 7:21-23

3. Stay Busy

Involve yourself. Galations 6:9, 10

4. Stay Joyful

Be Positive. Phil. 4:4 - Psalm 34:1

5. Stay Humble

Depend on God. Eph. 4:2 - James 4:10

6. Stay in the word

God's word gives us strength. Psalm 19:7-11

7. Stay on your knees

Talk to God, tell Him your frustrations. Psalm 5:1-3

8. Stay a servant

Ready for the masters voice . . . willing. Luke 12:35-40

9. Stay True

Make your way firm, do not stray . Proverbs 4:25-27

10. Don't look back

Don't dwell on yesterday, look to future Luke 9:57-62

 

The following scripture is taken from Jesus' conversation with his disciples about the end times, and the coming persecution. He explains that many terrible things will happen to those who call themselves Christians.

Notice what He says to do when bad or even
uncomfortable things happen.

"There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. . . "
Luke 21:11

"All men will hate you because of me.
But not a hair of your head will perish.
By standing firm you will gain life."
Luke 21: 17-19

Stand firm? You have to be crazy! When the going gets tough . . .. most people go. Jesus says stand firm, hold your ground. God will deliver you. It seems that some Christians think that by moving maybe they will get God's attention. Not true. God knows where you are, He knows your address.

In Philippians 4:1, the apostle Paul is encouraged to see the stability and perseverance of the Christians in Philippi. Even though there were arguments, they came to agree.

"I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to
agree with each other in the Lord." Philippians 4:2

The church as a body needed to be united, standing in one accord. Not doing something rash like leaving, changing churches, or grumbling. They stood firm, knowing that God was in control of the situation. Their role was to be a part of the "Fellowship of Believers". Stay put, stand firm, don't do anything rash.

There are many other scriptures that encourage us as believers to stand still, or stay put while God works.

I encourage you to take this brief moment and talk to God about your plan to stay put, stand, and bloom where He has put you!


Stephen Mohr is an ordained minister on staff at Stone Church, Assembly of God, in Yakima, WA where he lives with his wife Diana, and 2 year old daughter Amanda. You may contact him at: mohrman@nwinfo.net

 

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