There are many things we’d all love to change about ourselves. Sadly, we often try to make these change ourselves, and so fail.
The Christian gospel is about change. The Christian life is a life of continual repentance, that is, putting to death the old way of living so that we can live the new life in Jesus.
Christian change is done by the Holy Spirit in us. All we have to do is trust Him as He works in us killing the sin in our lives and replacing it with His new way of life, so that we can truly live.
The key is knowing who you are.
My prayer is that today from Romans 8 you see your new identity in Jesus. Know who you are – a child of God – and change will follow!
If you want to read more about this, here are some helpful books that see our identity as a child of God as the key to Christian living:
You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power For Our Sinful Behaviour and Negative Emotions. Tim Chester. Inter-Varsity Press, 2008.
Victory Over Darkness: Realising the Power of Your Identity in Christ. Neil T. Anderson. Regal, 2000.
Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long For God Alone. Elyse Fitzpatrick. P and R Publishing, 2000.
How People Change. Timothy S. Lane and Paul D. Tripp. New Growth Press, 2006.
In Christ, Tory.