Prayers that trigger character change (2)
Nicole’s testimony (5)
Wanting to progress in my life with God, I prayed like this after reading Galatians 5:22-23:
“It is written that the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, benevolence, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. So Lord I’d like to bear this fruit for your glory.”
A concrete situation comes along
When all’s well and life is calm it’s easy to pray like this but, I quickly identified my lack of self-control… and the holes in my bag called self-control!
For instance, I spotted that I had developed a dependent behavioral pattern with my cell phone and chocolates… The Lord has nothing against cell phone or chocolates, but the problem is that I’ve fallen into dependency: I was now addicted. I then began to offer prayers that trigger character change.
You who are reading me, you may have a physical, psychological or emotional dependency; you may have an addiction to a substance such as tobacco or alcohol, or a behavioral disorder relating to gambling, the internet, Facebook, etc. Dependencies, addictions, compulsive behavior and excesses of all kinds are often symptoms of an underlying problem. Don’t agree to continue on this path.
The first step that triggers character change
The first step is to RECOGNIZE the excess, the dependency or the addiction. Jesus once said,
“It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick” (Mark 2:17).
Are you healthy? or do you recognize you’ve got a problem?
And, if you recognize or are aware that you may have a serious dysfunction, it is recommended to get help from a professional, and to be accompanied in your process of severing. At the same time, you can implore the Lord who is rich in mercy and grace, a true and faithful friend for all who call upon Him. He wants to liberate you.
To experience small victories regularly
Self-control without frustration, is what we draw from God until we fully obtain the victory over tendencies to excess, substance abuse, and our dependencies and addictions of all kinds. If we actively collaborate with him, the Holy Spirit can operate in us and bring us into liberations and freedom in our daily living. Some may experience instant release, while for others, it will be an ongoing process to freedom.
(for the other steps, see page Resources).
The operation of the Holy Spirit triggers character change
Prayers trigger character change! In fact, the Holy Spirit will gradually reproduce the character traits of Jesus Christ in us. As we engage in this process of transformation, we will manifest here and there the fruit of the Spirit. Consecutively, we will be able to say with the apostle Paul:
“It is no longer I who live, it’s Christ who lives in me”! What a wonderful expression!
Prayers trigger character change!
God is on your side!
Have beautiful day!