June is Black Music Month! To celebrate, each of our EmpowerMoments will be based on Black music for the entire month. This includes Black songwriters, producers or performers. Stay tuned as we use various genres of Black music to tell our stories and exemplify the beauty of God’s love! Happy Black Music Month! Dance as if no one is watching!
I always find it interesting when I hear people tell other folks around them that they’ve changed. It’s almost as if we should be avoiding change like the plague. When did changing get such a bad rep? After all, as Christians, aren’t we called to be transformed and changed? (See 2 Corinthians 5:17)
Can you reflect on the previous 12 months and say that something about you has changed for the better? Has your attitude and disposition become more positive? Do you have more faith? Have you told less lies? Have you been a more loving wife? Have you become more patient with your children? Are you a better steward of your finances? What about you is evident that you are changing?
As you ponder that question, let’s visit one of the greatest stories of change in the Bible as witnessed in the life of the Apostle Paul. His change was so dramatic that his name even changed. Paul started off as Saul, a persecutor of the Christian Church, but was changed…
Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath and was eager to kill the Lord’s followers. (Acts 9:1)
He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting! Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” (Acts 9:4-6)
So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days. And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is indeed the Son of God! (Acts 9:17-20)
If someone who desired and plotted to annihilate the Christian church can be changed and used, surely God has the power to remake you and me!
I think that we often get discouraged because we don’t see growth in every area of our lives immediately, but that’s a trick of the enemy. He likes to make us think that since we aren’t what we ought to be, then we should just give up. No, the key to encouraging yourself is celebrating your progress. Maybe your attitude isn’t always the best, but you don’t curse out the cashier when she screws up your order anymore. Maybe you still have little spats with your husband, but you’ve learned the true definition of submission and apply it in your home. Celebrate how far God has brought you and you will have the motivation you need to continue to press on. Although trite, the colloquialism, “Not what I should be, but thank God I ain’t what I used to be” is our anthem! The word changing indicates that we are going through an iterative process and must be continually remolded and remodeled. Our spin on the Potter’s Wheel is never-ending.
In today’s theme song, Whitney Houston says, “I’m changing, but I need your hand.” Understand that you cannot and will not change on your own. You must have the help of our Father in heaven and the great thing is that He has promised to help, if you only ask for His assistance.
As stated before, Saul was transformed to Paul. I like to think of it as going from Sin to Praise. Remembering how far you’ve come and all of the sin that He has brought (or is bringing) you out of is reason for praise! Even though you are not everything that you desire to be, I dare you to stand up and thank God as you proudly proclaim, “I’m changing!”
Thank You for inspiring and helping me to change. I need Your hand during this process of change in my life. I pray that if there is any area of my life that needs to be changed, that I haven’t submitted to You, that You give me the desire to change it. My ultimate goal is to be more like You every day, so please help me with that constant transformation. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to continue changing! Strive to become the woman that God predestined you to be. When people tell you that you’ve changed, smile and say, “Yes! With His help, I’m changing!”
Reflect on how much He’s changed you as you listen to the late Whitney Houston’s “I’m Changing”
Mrs. Kristen Harris is a wife, mother, entrepreneur and dedicated servant. She is extremely passionate about women’s spiritual advancement, hence the founding of EmpowerMoments. As an avid reader, Kristen enjoys reading the Bible and other non-fiction pieces. Her driving inspiration is when God says to her: “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) She currently resides outside of Chicago, Illinois with her wonderful husband and two lovely daughters where she is an active member of New Life Covenant Church.