Change around you responds to change within you. When you change, circumstances around you change also. You have been waiting for things to change, but no! They have been waiting for you to change.
Romans 8:19-21 says “For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the
manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not
willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
Of course, this scripture speaks of when Christ comes back but before He comes back, here and now, as we change from glory to glory by beholding Christ as in a mirror, we come to the place of realization of who we are in Christ, what we have and what we can do in Christ and situations around us also respond to that change.
How therefore do you get to that place of revelation where you realise who you are in Christ, what you have and what you can do in Christ? It is by prayer.
Paul prayed for the Ephesian Church in Ephesians 1:15-18 that the eyes of their understanding will be opened to see and know what is available to them in Christ.
The prayer that turns things around is not the prayer of “Father! Turn it! Father, Turn it! Father, Turn it!” No. It is the prayer of “Father, open the eyes of my heart to see what you have done for me in Christ. What I am, what I have and what I can do in Christ.” When you pray like that and start becoming more like Christ, that situation around you starts to change.
You don’t pray for things to turn. You pray for your eyes to be open to see what has already been done.
When somebody is always angry, the issue is not the anger. There is something that person is not doing that is manifesting as anger problem. If you start doing that thing, the anger problem will walk away by itself.
If I don’t want to fulfill the lusts of the flesh, I have to walk in the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). How do we walk in the spirit?
Romans 8:5 says “For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but
they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.”
If I am walking in the Spirit, it means therefore that I have set my mind on the things of the Spirit. If I am walking in the flesh, it means therefore that I have set my mind on the things of the flesh.
To walk in the Spirit, what do I need to do? Set my mind on the things of the Spirit, (Col. 3:1-5). What Paul says to seek here are the things listed in Ephesians 1:3-14. The things Paul says to set your mind on are your new spiritual realities.
To set your mind means to intensively interest your mind in them. Set your mind on your new spiritual realities in Christ.
Christ is your life. Remember we have said that the Christian life is not lived from the outside-in but from the inside-out. It is not trying to be like Christ. It is Christ living His Life through you. Religion thinks of Christianity from the outside-in but true Christianity is lived from the inside-out.
I am ‘in Christ.’ Christ is my life. I have the same operating system like Christ. That operating system is called Eternal Life.
Remember, we have said salvation is not God making bad people good. If that was the case, then Cornelius did not need salvation (Acts 10). Cornelius was a great and good guy. He prayed, fasted, gave and even saw visions but he was a spiritually dead man.
Salvation is God giving life to dead men.
Bishop Wale Ajayi