Change Me

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.  And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good.  As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me.  For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.  For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.  Romans 7:15-20

I do not have the power to change anyone.  Myself included.  Whenever I start to think that I need to make changes or that I need to change something about myself, I forget that it’s not me who makes the changes in me.  If I am truly working the first step and living a life of surrender, then the understanding is there that God makes the changes in me.  If I could change on my own, why would I need God?  Why would I need a sponsor?  Why would I need friends and accountability partners?  When I get into the self reliance of believing that I can change myself then I start to put myself on the same level as God.  By surrendering to God, I am allowing Him to make changes in me.  Just as a river flows over stones and shapes them, so too am I changed by the flow of the Holy Spirit.

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.  Corinthians 15:10

God, change me and make of me what you will.   You streams of living water flow over me and shape who I am.  Help me to be more like your Son Jesus.  Your love washes over me and I am restored.  Not to what I once was, but to what you intended me to be.

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