Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, January 5th, 2012
Change Is Hard
The old is better.
Luke 5:39 (KJV)
In the New Testament, the majority of Jewish leaders reject the New Covenant Jesus brings to them. They prefer familiar rules and traditions. Even though Jesus offers them healing, freedom, and life, they say, 'The old is better.'

Generations earlier, when Moses brought the Jews out of bondage from Egypt, they said, 'Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians' (Exodus 14:12).

Clearly, change is hard.

Patrick Henry, a hero of the American Revolution, said, 'I know not what others may choose but, as for me, give me liberty or give me death.' He spoke well, proving his readiness for change, for a new and better life. Consequently, God freed America from an 18th-century giant called England.

Similarly, we must embrace the freedom Jesus gives us and step into a new life. From where we stand, it's hard to see what lies beyond the familiar. Even more, Jesus calls for radical change; we must cast away our old bodies, which become rigid with dead-end habits, and put on a new body.

As fitness expert Bob Harper says, 'You're only as young as your spine is flexible.'

As life expert Jesus Christ says, 'Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again' ' (John 3:7). Babies are new, flexible, eager, excited, and all about growing. Similarly, the Holy Spirit of God expects us to be new, flexible, eager, excited, and all about growing.

Let us as God's children choose to cast off bad habits, bury dead traditions, and step out of musty places. The old is not better. Satan may disguise prison walls and cover his chains with gold, but it's still bondage.

Some Christians today settle for rooms with a limited view. Don't settle.

Our God is a God of majestic views. Step into the panoramic freedom found through the Eyes of Jesus.

Yes, change is hard. But a life of captivity is harder.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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