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We all experience transition at some point in our lives
It could be moving to a new town or job or having to suddenly homeschool your children. Sometimes things are put in our life, where we must make tough choices, or we lose someone close to us. No matter what is happening, transitions can be tough to manage. The key, no matter what is happening in our life, is to say “Yes, Lord. I may not see the good or even the outcome, but I say Yes to You.” God wants you to prosper. He wants you to overcome. He wants you to win every time and even in a time of frustration, all His promises are Yes, and that’s why it’s so important to live a yes life in the time of transition. There are four ways we can position ourselves to become a yes person.
Key Passage: 2 Corinthians 1:20
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
#1 – Feed your spirit with the word of God
We normally eat three times a day, think of how food fuels our body. No matter how busy we are, we still manage to work food into our schedule. Think of how spiritually strong you would be if you feasted on God’s word that much. Feeding on the Word once or twice a week is not enough. We would never try to live on one or two meals a week. For the Word to do its work in your life, you need a consistent diet every day. He is telling us to work it into our lives. Don’t compartmentalize the Word and limit it just to church or one brief daily devotional time.
“This Book of the Law (God’s Word) shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:8 NKJV
God gives us the secret to success in this verse. He wants us to succeed at whatever we do.
Q: How often do you feast on God’s word? How might your life change if you read, listened to, or meditated on His word three times a day? What could you accomplish?
#2 – Watch who and what you listen to
Not every book on the shelf is a good book to read. They put an intriguing title on the cover to draw your attention. But once inside it’s not always the best content. People can be that way too. The Bible cautions us about who we spend our time with, people can either lift us up or tear us down. We should always try to gravitate to those who seek God in their life when we are in a time of transition. Why? Because we can be easily swayed by someone else’s voice and stop hearing the voice of God. Our focus should be on Jesus and seeing joy, abundant joy, even during turmoil. Say yes to joy and no to negative thoughts.
Q: At this time of transition in the church, who are you listening to? What are they saying? Does it line up with the Word of God?
#3 – Guard your heart and mind
“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 NKJV
When you act on what you believe you’re going to see the outcome of that belief. Start by believing what God says about you in His word.
- You are loved (1 John 3:1)
- You are forgiven (1 John 1:9)
- You are redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)
- You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- You are holy (Hebrews 10:10)
- You are set apart (Romans 8:30-39)
- You are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19-20)
- You are made with a purpose (1 Peter 2:9; 4:10).
Q: Look over the above list. Which do you believe? What do you struggle with believing? Why do you think that is?
#4 – Spend time in His presence
Coming into God’s presence is always worth it. The enemy tries to keep us away because He knows how powerful people who spend time in God’s presence really become. God wants to pour Himself into you. He wants you to win. He wants you to succeed, to truly walk in your purpose. In His presence, we are reminded how loved we are, how precious we are. And, especially, we are reminded how there’s nothing God wouldn’t do to keep us safe in Him and that He is all-powerful to keep that promise.
Stand up and say, “I am living a yes life because God is on my side. None of these things will move me. I live in victory and in the promises that God gives. Amen.”
Q: Are you in a time of transition right now? If so, where is your focus? What adjustments do you need to take to have a faith-filled attitude?