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CHANGE

By Ashish Raichur, Pastor
All Peoples Church & World Outreach

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CHANGE

Printed and Distributed by All Peoples Church & World Outreach, Bangalore, INDIA 

First Edition Printed August 2005

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CHANGE–A NECESSARY PROCESS

Change! All around us, things are constantly changing. We see social, political, economic and a host of other changes taking place around the world. Things do not always remain the way they are. “There is one thing constant in the world today and that is change!” goes a common saying. The word ‘change’ denotes either an event or a process that causes things to be different from what they currently are.

Change is important for the Christian too! Our Christian life began with repentance, which essentially is a change of heart and mind, from sin and Satan, towards the living God. At that very moment, God changed us on the inside. We became born-again! We became new creatures in Christ. In an instant, God did a creative work in our spirits that brought us out of darkness into the light, from being in bondage to Satan to being free in Christ. The Christian life is a continuous process of change. God has predestined us, “To be conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:29). It is through a continuous process of change that we are transformed from the kind of people we are to being fully Christ-like. We are looking forward to that great day of change–when the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with the sound of a trumpet, and in the twinkling of an eye, we will all be changed (1 Corinthians 15:51,52). Mortals will put on immortality. “We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:2).

Our life in Christ began with an instant of change and it culminates with another instantaneous event of change. However, between these two points is a continuous process of change. This book dwells on that subject and is primarily motivational and intended to stir us up to be actively involved in this continuous process of change. We will also consider areas in our lives that need to be subject to the process of change.

 2 Corinthians 3:18
[*“But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed (changed) into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” *].

If our focus is on the Lord, then it is an inevitable consequence that we will be changed into His likeness. In fact, the closer we draw to Him and the more we gaze into His glory, the more we begin to recognize areas of our lives that need to be changed. The verse above tells us that we are “being changed” (note the present continuous tense implying that action is in progress). As we are being changed, we are progressing from glory to glory. Change therefore, is a necessary process to move from one realm to the next. This is what brings about the spiritual growth or progress. There can be no spiritual growth without change, because growth itself is a process of change. We believe that it is not God’s desire that any of His children remain in the same condition spiritually over an extended period of time. Rather, He desires that we keep moving forward. God does not want us to become stagnant.

Not only is change necessary when it comes to our spiritual lives, but it must be evident in every aspect of our daily existence. We must welcome change in our personality, behavior, intellect, skills, capabilities, finances, plans, goals and the like. There must be a determined and intelligent striving to move on “from glory to glory” in every area of our life. After all, God is interested in every detail of our life on Earth–education, career, family, profession and ministry. In each of these areas, there are always higher and better things to work towards.

For instance, if you are a successful doctor, you can strive to become better. Perhaps you could think of new ways through which you could help bring medicine to those who do not have the access or the means for treatment. You could think of doing things, which were not necessarily part of your plan before. As a student, you can strive to improve your knowledge and performance. As a homemaker, you could seek to improve the quality of care and comfort you provide for your family. As a minister, you could seek to improve your homiletics and hermeneutics. However, each of these will be possible only if we are willing for ‘change.’ In the following chapters, we will consider some of the areas of change.

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CHANGE IN OUR MOTIVES AND DESIRES

 Psalm 51:10
”Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast (right) spirit within me”.

Our inner motives and desires are extremely important. We need to realize that even the most spiritual and well-meaning Christian can have a wrong motive or desire in a certain matter. None of us are automatically insulated against such evil. Instead, we are to constantly be on guard against these. The Lord admonishes, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23). The responsibility to protect our heart from becoming captive to wrong motives lies with us. There is nothing wrong if we search our own hearts and recognize that there are indeed such motives and desires. This is important and the first step towards change. The Scriptures repeatedly tell us to examine ourselves.

1 Corinthians 11:28 
[*“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” *]

1 Corinthians 11:31 
[*“For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.” *]

2 Corinthians 13:5 
[*“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.” *]

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Having recognized wrong motives and desires, we need to confess them and ask the Lord to change us. Pray as David did, “Lord create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.” Personally, in our own lives as we minister to people, we have to constantly guard ourselves against wrong motives in so many different areas. We need to ask ourselves, “Why am I doing this? What is my motive? What is my earnest desire?” For example, if we are invited to minister at a certain place, we should ask the Lord to prepare our hearts and give us a pure motive in going there. We have to guard our hearts from focusing on the offering that they may give to our ministry. As we desire supernatural demonstrations of God’s love and power, we have to guard our hearts from an ulterior motive of wanting to be recognized as a ‘very anointed servant of God.’ As we seek to grow in ministry, we need to guard our hearts from desiring this just to promote our own ‘ministry’ or ‘kingdom.’ We have to constantly remind ourselves that this is ‘God’s work,’ not ‘our work’ and that this is ‘God’s Kingdom,’ not ‘our kingdom.’

I have emphasized the importance of watchfulness in the ministry because our motives and desires determine and influence many things in our lives. Above all, God sees beyond our outer expressions. “For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). God desires truth in the inner man (Psalm 51:6). Keep a constant watch on your motives and desires. If they are not right, go to the Lord and ask Him C-H-A-N-G-E to you!!

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CHANGE IN OUR THINKING, ATTITUDES, SPEECH AND CONDUCT

Romans 12:2 
[* “And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind … .” *]

Ephesians 4:23
[* “And be renewed in the spirit (attitude) of your mind” “And be renewed in the spirit (attitude) of your mind.” *]

1 Timothy 4:12
[*“Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” *]

The Lord wants to see a change in our thinking and attitudes. The “renewing of our mind” (Romans 12:2) indicates that there has to be a change in our perspectives, attitudes and the way we think. There are many dimensions to this. We need to change from thinking ‘worldly thoughts’ or having attitudes that are ‘worldly’ and take on the very thoughts and attitudes of God. We need to get rid of thinking ’low’ and raise our standards to think in harmony with the Word and from the standpoint of faith. Some of us need to get rid of our pessimism, that negative ‘can’t-be-done’ approach and begin to see the great possibilities available through simple faith in God. Some of us are so entrenched in the ‘old way’ of doing things that we are unwilling to accept the ‘fresh and new’ that the Lord Himself wants to do. Our religious customs and traditions have so bound us in our thinking that we assume that God can do it no other way except in the way we have been taught.

Some others have dreams that are so small, aspirations that are so low, visions that are so dim that they need to see a change in these areas. We need to dream big, aspire to accomplish much for God and have visions that will make a difference in the world. Some of us–because of experiences of failure, defeat, discouragement or calamity–have fallen into a state of apathy, of hopelessness or even despair. There seems to be no drive, no motivation, no striving for progress and increase. God can change all that if we are only willing to give Him a little bit of our cooperation!! Some may be just plain lazy, so laid back about things, so lackadaisical. We need a drastic change in our attitudes!! Some are perpetual procrastinators and they need to change that. Some are planners and talkers but just won’t put their “hands to the plough.” This needs change too. Some are bound in fear, pride, bitterness, or other character traits that are not pleasing to God, and He wants to see that changed. God wants to lift us up to higher levels in our speech and conduct. Our speech and conduct should be of that befitting a believer.

Personally, in our own lives as we become aware of thoughts or attitudes that are not right, we need to go to the Lord, acknowledge them before Him and pray that He will change us. Even after many years of walking with the Lord, we will still recognize areas in our lives that need to be changed. Can you recognize attitudes and thought patterns in your own life that you want to bring to God and say, “Lord I need to see this changed in my life?”

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OPEN FOR UNEXPECTED CHANGES

John 3:8
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit”

Being born of the Spirit ushers us into a life where everything cannot be fully explained. Some things just have to be yielded to and experienced. The Lord Jesus paralleled the new birth brought about by the Spirit to the wind which blows where it wants. We only experience it. We do not know its exact origin or destination. So also, many of the works of the Spirit cannot be fully explained. We only experience and know what He has executed. The Lord at times may orchestrate events and circumstances in our lives, which to us is totally unexpected. We have no prior knowledge that we would encounter such things. They were not a part of our plan. Nevertheless, the wisest thing to do is to yield to the Lord and ‘go where the wind blows.’ It is so very important to learn to be open to unexpected changes, which the Lord brings into our lives. These can be turning points in our lives.

Changes in Our Ministry

Both Amy (my wife) and I can recount so many instances of how God used unexpected changes to lead us into what He had in store for us. Around 1995, my father had been on a business trip to the U.S. He decided to stop by for one night and visit me at New Brunswick, NJ, where I lived. He came in on a Saturday and was to leave the following evening. My father had always wanted to visit an African-American church since he desired to experience their singing and style of worship. There was an African-American church nearby and so we stopped there on Sunday morning. I had never seen or experienced that kind of vibrant, spontaneous singing ever before. It was very loud, almost deafening, and it seemed like the building would come down. At least it appeared that way to me. Up until that time, I had been working and having close fellowship with Korean-American brothers and sisters at the University. We enjoyed freedom in praise, yet it was nothing like what I witnessed there. A thousand thoughts ran through my mind then. I knew deep within me that such freedom in worship was right. I had always wanted to be free to express praise and worship to the Lord. But compared to what was happening at this African-American church, I seemed stiffer than a brick wall. Later that day when I was alone, I seemed to be so confused. One part of me said, “Lord I do not want to go back there. I can never be like them. And I can’t tolerate the volume.” Another part of me said, “Lord I really want what they have–that kind of freedom to worship you.” Well, to summarize, I did go back there and when Amy joined me, we went back together. Within a short time, I was given opportunities to minister and we did so every Wednesday night at that church. We were able to meet such wonderful African-American brothers and sisters there. We also met Manuel and Tania, a Spanish-speaking couple who were visiting. Later, we were invited to minister at the Hispanic church, which they were planting. Soon after, we began to share much more in the life of the Hispanic church. Manuel and Tania spent time with us on a weekly basis to study the Word. Amy helped in the music ministry at the Hispanic church and with their help we made our way to Ecuador for a time of ministry in November 1996! Look at all that came about as a chain reaction to my father’s one-night stop in New Brunswick!! Unexpected? Most surely!! Did we plan it? Surely not!! We just learnt to go where the Wind of the Spirit was blowing. Never did we imagine that we would be ministering to the African-American or Hispanic communities. Wherever He wishes to blow, we will go!! Be ready and open for the unexpected changes that God wants to bring into your life.

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CHANGE–NECESSARY FOR PROGRESS AND INCREASE

John 12:24
[* “Most assuredly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain”*].

We are ‘changed’ from glory to glory. Therefore, to move from the level of glory we experience today to the next, we must first be changed. Things that are keeping us stagnant and hindering us from progressing–be it our motives, attitudes, conduct, or speech–must be changed. We’ve got to arise and acknowledge these things for what they are and with God’s help, we’ve got to see them changed. We can consider where we are today as being symbolized by that single “grain of wheat.” If we want to move into that state where we increase into “much grain,” then we must first “fall into the ground,” “die” and then “produce much grain.” This symbolizes the process of change in us. We must first fall to the ground and that requires humility. It requires humility on our part to accept the fact that we need to be changed. We must die to self. This can be a painful process at times. Then we will be raised into the next level of glory, thus experiencing progress and increase.

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THE SPIRIT OF CHANGE

Genesis 1:1-3
[* “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light”*].

The Spirit of the Lord changes us from glory to glory. The Holy Spirit is the agent of change. The Earth was formless, empty and dark. But yet the Spirit of God was moving on the face of the waters. God spoke the Words, “Let there be light” and the mighty Holy Spirit of God brought light in the midst of darkness. It is very significant that the Spirit of God was brooding upon the face of this formless, dark and empty Earth at the time when God was ready to speak those creative and restorative words. We are convinced that the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of change. He is the one who brings change and transformation. He did it on a very large scale when the face of the Earth was restored (Genesis 1). Then, how much more can we expect Him to work on us by infusing us with the glory of God and transforming us, so that we too can be good in His sight. He works in us only to the extent that we are yielded to Him. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit. Present yourself to Him and ask Him to change you. Ask Him to help you deal with those areas in your life that need to be changed.

The Word of God Causes Change

In the creative and restorative work of God, not only did the Holy Spirit move upon the Earth but the Word of God was also spoke over the darkness and emptiness (Genesis 1). Even so, the Spirit and the Word together bring about changes in our lives. Expose your heart and mind to the Word of God. Read and meditate on it yourself and the Word of God will begin to release its transforming power into your life.

Open your heart to the Holy Spirit. Present yourself to Him and ask Him to change you. Ask Him to help you deal with those areas in your life that need to be changed.

A PRAYER

Lord, Change Me!

Dear Father, I come to you in the name of Jesus. Lord, there are things in my life, which I see, that need to be changed. Lord, change me by the power of your Word and by your Spirit. I want to move on from where I am to where you want me to be. I want to become all that you want me to become. I want to receive all that you have in store for me. Lord, change my heart and my mind. Change my motives, my attitudes, my speech and conduct. Help me to get rid of the things that hinder me from progressing and increasing in the things of God. Amen.

PARTNER WITH ALL PEOPLES CHURCH

All Peoples Church ministers beyond its own borders as a local church by reaching out all across India, especially North India, with a special focus on (A) Strengthening leaders, (B) Equipping young people for ministry and © Building up the Body of Christ. Several training seminars for young people and Christian Leaders conferences are held throughout the year. In addition, several thousands of copies of publications are distributed free of cost in English and several other Indian languages with the purpose of building up believers in the Word and in the Spirit.

We invite you to partner with us financially by sending either a one-time gift or a monthly financial gift. Any amount that you can send to help us in this work across our nation will be greatly appreciated.

You can send your gift by cheque / bank draft payable to “All Peoples Church, Bangalore” to our office address. Else you can remit your contribution directly by bank transfer using our bank account details.

Account Name: All Peoples Church 

Account Number: 0057213809, 

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Bank: Citibank N.A., 506-507, Level 5, Prestige Meridian 2, # 30, M.G. Road, Bangalore 560 001

[_ Kindly note: All Peoples Church does not have FCRA permit and hence can only accept bank contributions from Indian citizens. When making your contribution, if desired, you can indicate the specific APC ministry area where you would like your contribution to be used. _]

Also, please remember to pray for us and our ministry whenever you can. 

Thank You and God Bless!

FREE PUBLICATIONS & RESOURCES

Free Publications & Resources from All Peoples Church

A Church in Revival 

Ancient Landmarks 

A Real Place Called Heaven 

A Time for Every Purpose 

Being Spiritually Minded and Earthly Wise 

Biblical Attitude Towards Work 

Breaking Personal and Generational Bondages 

Change 

Code of Honor 

Divine Order in the Citywide Church 

Divine Favor 

Don’t Compromise Your Calling 

Don’t Lose Hope 

Equipping the Saints 

Foundations (Track 1) 

Fulfilling God’s Purpose for Your Life 

Giving Birth to the Purposes of God 

God Is a Good God 

God’s Word 

How to Help Your Pastor Integrity 

Kingdom Builders (2nd Edition) 

Laying the Axe to the Root 

Living Life Without Strife 

Ministering Healing and Deliverance 

Open Heavens 

Our Redemption 

Revivals, Visitations and Moves of God 

Shhh! No Gossip! 

The Conquest of the Mind 

The House of God 

The Kingdom of God 

The Night Seasons of Life 

The Power of Commitment 

The Presence of God 

The Refiner’s Fire 

The Redemptive Heart of God 

The Spirit of Wisdom, Revelation and Power The Wonderful Benefits of speaking in Tongues 

Timeless Principles for the Workplace 

Understanding the Prophetic 

We Are Different 

Who We Are in Christ 

Women in the Workplace 

Work—Its Original Design 

Marriage and Family 

Free e-Books 
PDF versions of all the above publications are available for free download from our church website at www.apcwo.org/publications. Many of these publications are also available in other languages. To request your free printed copy of these publications, please contact us via email or post.

Free Sermon Audio & Video
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BIBLE COLLEGE & MINISTRY TRAINING CENTER

[_ All Peoples Church – Bible College & Ministry Training Center (APC-BC&MTC) was launched in August 2005 to equip, train and release faithful and able men and women into the nation of India and other nations ] [_—] _ to impact villages, towns, cities and nations for Jesus Christ._

APC-BC & MTC offers 2 programs:

  • A two-year Bible College program at Bangalore, is for full-time students and provides spiritual and practical ministry training with academic excellence. Students will receive a [*Diploma in Theology & Christian Ministry *](Dip.Th.&CM) on completing the two-year program. Classes are conducted in English. The faculty comprises of both trained and anointed teachers of the Word. All faculty and students have access to APC’s Study Centre and Library
  • Practical Ministry Training in Bangalore or at any of our Outreach churches, is for graduates from the Bible College who desire to undergo practical training. Those completing one year or more, receive a Certificate in Practical Ministry and the duration of involvement is stated.

ABOUT ALL PEOPLES CHURCH

At All Peoples Church (APC), our vision is to be salt and light in the city of Bangalore and a voice to the nation of India and to the nations of the world.

At APC, we are committed to presenting the complete, un-compromised Word of God in the anointing and demonstration of His Holy Spirit. We believe that good music, creative presentations, brilliant apologetics, contemporary ministry techniques, latest technology and so on, can never substitute the God-ordained approach of proclaiming the Word in the power of the Holy Spirit with signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:4,5; Hebrews 2:3,4). Our theme is Jesus, our content is the Word, our method is Holy Spirit power, our passion is people, and our goal is Christ-like maturity.

With our main base in Bangalore, All Peoples Church has several other church locations in India. To get a current listing and contact information of All Peoples Church locations, please visit our website at www.apcwo.org/locations or send an email to [email protected]

DO YOU KNOW THE GOD WHO LOVES YOU?

About 2000 years ago, God came into this world as a man. His name is Jesus. He lived a perfectly sinless life. Since Jesus was God in flesh, everything He said and did revealed God to us. The words He spoke were the very words of God. The things He did were the actions of God. Jesus did many miracles on the Earth. He healed the sick and suffering. He opened blind eyes, unstopped deaf ears, made the lame to walk and healed every kind of sickness and disease. He fed the hungry by miraculously multiplying a few loaves of bread, calmed the storm and did many other wonderful things.

All of these actions reveal to us that God is a good God who wants people to be well, whole, healthy and happy. God wants to meet the needs of people.

So why then would God decide to become a man and step in to our world? Why did Jesus come?

All of us have sinned and done things that are unacceptable before the God who created us. Sin has its consequences. Sin is like a great unsurpassable wall between God and us. Sin separates us from God. It prevents us from knowing and having a meaningful relationship with the One who created us. Therefore, many of us try to fill this void with other things.

Another consequence of our sins is eternal separation from God. In God’s court, the penalty for sin is death. Death is eternal separation from God in hell.

But, the good news is that we can be free from sin and be restored to God. The Bible says, “For the wages [payment] of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23). Jesus paid for the sins of the whole world when He died on the cross. Then, three days later He rose again, showed Himself alive to many and then went back into heaven.

God is a God of love and mercy. He does not wish that any person be lost in hell. And so He came, to provide a way for the entire human race to be free from sin and its lasting consequences. He came to save sinners—to rescue people like you and me from sin and eternal death.

To receive this free forgiveness of sins, the Bible tells us that we have to do just one thing—accept what the Lord Jesus Christ did on the cross and to believe in Him whole-heartedly.

“… through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins” .

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” .

You too can receive forgiveness and cleansing for your sins if you will believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The following is a simple prayer to help you make a decision to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for you on the cross. This prayer will help you express your acceptance of what Jesus has done for you and receive forgiveness and cleansing for your sins. This prayer is only a guideline. You can also pray in your own words.

_ Dear Lord Jesus, today I have understood what You did for me on the cross. You died for me, You shed Your precious blood and paid the penalty for my sins, so that I could be forgiven. The Bible tells me that whoever believes in You will receive forgiveness for their sins. _

_ Today, I make a decision to believe in You and to accept what You did for me, by dying for me on the cross and rising again from the dead. I know I cannot save myself by my own good works, neither can any other human save me. I cannot earn forgiveness for my sins. _

_ Today, I believe in my heart and say with my mouth that You died for me, You paid the penalty for my sins, You rose again from the dead, and by faith in You, I receive forgiveness and cleansing for my sins.. _

Thank You Jesus. Help me to love You, to know You more and to be faithful to You. Amen.

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BACK COVER

Our Christian life began with repentance, which essentially is a change of heart and mind, from sin and Satan, towards the living God. At that very moment, God changed us on the inside. We became born-again! We became new creatures in Christ. In an instant, God did a creative work in our spirits that brought us out of darkness into light, from being in bondage to Satan to being free in Christ. Our life in Christ began with an instant of change and it culminates with another instantaneous event of change. However, between these two points is a continuous process of change. This book dwells on it and is primarily motivational and intended to stir us up to be actively involved in this continuous process of change. 

 Ashish Raichur 


Change

Our Christian life began with repentance, which essentially is a change of heart and mind, from sin and Satan, towards the living God. At that very moment, God changed us on the inside. We became born-again! We became new creatures in Christ. In an instant, God did a creative work in our spirits that brought us out of darkness into light, from being in bondage to Satan to being free in Christ. Our life in Christ began with an instant of change and it culminates with another instantaneous event of change. However, between these two points is a continuous process of change. This book dwells on it and is primarily motivational and intended to stir us up to be actively involved in this continuous process of change.

  • Author: Ashish Raichur
  • Published: 2017-01-09 12:20:25
  • Words: 5228
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