by Rick Warren — December 10, 2022
From Building Character
“Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”
Ephesians 3:20 (TLB)
For the last few days we’ve looked together at how to achieve real change in your life. Real change requires knowing God’s truth, cleaning your spiritual house, and honest community. And, like anything to do with spiritual growth, real change requires faith.
In other words, you have to believe that you can change, with God’s help.
How does God help you to change? There are two primary ways. He can transform you by his Spirit living in you and with his Word, the Bible.
Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes” (TLB).
What is the biggest thing you want to change in your life? No matter how big it is, it’s not too big for God.
Maybe you’ve tried and failed to make the change on your own. That’s because you never were meant to change alone. You change with God’s power. And how do you get God’s power? Through faith. God supplies his power in response to your faith in him.
Philippians 4:13 is a familiar verse, but the Amplified Bible says it in a way you may not have heard before: “I can do all things [which he has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything . . . through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]”
With the power of Jesus Christ, you can do anything God has called you to do. His power was infused in you when you became his follower.
If you want to change, then you need a can-do attitude—not a big ego about what you can do but a big faith in what God is able to accomplish in and through you.
Jesus said in Matthew 9:29, “According to your faith let it be done to you” (NIV).
You get to choose how much you change. You get to choose how much God blesses your life. You get to believe in faith that God can help you make the hard changes.