Changing Lanes

Here it is...the inevitable blog about change.

You know, the one that's supposed to make you feel that change is the most spiritual thing you can do even though we all know that change is the last thing you want to do. So let's dispense with the presupposed stereotypes and call this what it is...a wake up call to not only acknowledge change, but to also deal with it.

Let's be honest, if you're a leader then change is inevitable; and if you spend your leadership running from change then you are in essence running from that same process that God uses to expand your influence as a leader. He uses change to bring you through something you normally wouldn't follow Him through in order to answer the prayers you prayed long ago. This will, in turn, force you into the valley of utter dependence on Him so that your mountaintops will be places of power in your life.

Unfortunately, not everyone sees it this way. There’s a world of people, some of them leaders,  who would rather see you stay exactly where you are at right now. They will get angry because you are making changes to grow. They will tell you to stay in your lane, don’t disrupt the status quo, and play the same game everyone else is playing. When this happens, it’s easy to cave to the pressure when everyone around you is doing all that is within their power to put you back into a place of powerlessness; whether they realize it or not. I mean, let’s face it, staying in the same lane is comfortable, easy, and safe. As a result, we become afraid of what might happen if we step out of what’s familiar. When this happens, fear happens,.

This absolutely, positively, cannot be allowed to happen.

You must not seek God out of a place fear and insecurity; instead, seek God out of a place of power, love, and self-control. One of the most self-sabotaging things we can do is believe the lie fed to us by the Enemy of our souls that the anointing we were called to occupy is not for us to lay claim to any longer. This creates in us a culture of fear and a spirit that was never a part of God’s original design for our lives. We proceed to send up prayers with a spirit of fear; a spirit that God doesn’t honor or recognize or create in us. We disarm ourselves. It is here that a refusal of fear and doubt is in order as perfect love is taken on. This changes our prayers of fear into prayers of love infused with power and purpose.

Look, there comes a time when change in your life is demanded. A time where you don’t need confirmation because you have a conviction from God about what you should do. As we make this a pattern for our lives we will begin to feel that drift of change into the other lane. It’s at that time that God will call you to do something foreign to even some of the most devoted Christians. He will call you to time of fasting conveniences. A literal letting go of the easy for the sake of embracing the hard road ahead.

The vision is now and God’s plan starts with you changing lanes. You can’t live off of yesterday’s experiences, promises, anointing, and callings. A new season awaits. Who you are now and who you were created to be is separated by a little white-dotted line that's begging to be crossed. It separates the lane of living a full life from the lane of enduring a mere existence.

The space in between is called change...merge now.