Today: There are two questions that come to mind:
- Can a leopard change its own spots?
- Does God ask you to get out of your comfort zone?
Can a leopard change its own spots?
A Leopard cannot change its own spots. A leopard is what a leopard is! Puppet pretending to be what he is not! Conversion on the other hand, is a GOD thing, The Holy Spirit can change a person!
There are many passages in the Scripture that are an encouragement to us:
Ezekiel 11:19-20 God’s promise to the nation has it’s fulfilment in the Lord Jesus. “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them. I will remove the heart of stone from their flesh and give them a heart of flesh, that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.”
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert”.
We have the testimony of the Apostle Paul himself as he instructs the church:-
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Colossians 3:9-10 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Romans 6:1-23 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptised into Christ Jesus were baptised into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his….
- With God’s intervention, God’s help, God’s GRACE all people can be transformed.
- Change is in God’s hands and in our hearts desires!
Does God ask you to get out of your comfort zone?
What a terrible question?
Why did I say terrible? Well if you are like me, and I have a suspicion that very few of us like to be put outside our comfort zones! I do not like it at all.
- My experience has been that God often calls us to step outside our comfort zone. Physically and Spiritually.
- The constant challenge of Scripture to me is that of my faith being stretched! Trust, Trust, Believe, Believe this is a constant song in my heart and mind.
We are not disobedient Christians if we find it difficult or terrible.
- We are disobedient when we close our hearts and minds and do not do what we believe God wants us to do! He will never tell us to do anything immoral or wrong!
- God calls us to get out of our comfort zone
Ananias was a man of prayer, one who loved god, a true believer, he was a resident of Damascus, he was also concerned and perhaps frightened for his and the safety of his family. He knew that there were threats of violence against the Christians, he had heard of Paul, and maybe Paul was the subject of his prayers; God keep this guy away from us.
- God strike him down, I don’t know what he prayed all I can do is imagine if I was he.
- Meanwhile Paul is in his friend’s house at Straight Street, afraid and licking his wounds, his whole life has just been turned upside down!
- He knew that we was disobedient to God, yet he thought that he was justified! The Lord Jesus intervened.
- How could I have got it so wrong? May have been one of the questions that plagued him
I believe that the Lord Jesus does intervene in our lives!
When we are right and when we are wrong. When we are right, to affirm and encourage us, when we are wrong to correct and redirect us.
Ananias was a man of prayer; he loved the Lord, and in his prayer, he hears the voice of God!
10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. 11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. 12 his hands on him to restore his sight.” In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place
Talk about being taken out of your comfort zone!
13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”
What can one say?
Can a leopard change its own spots?
- ONLY WHEN GOD IS IN IT!
- Nothing is impossible for HIM,
- All people are redeemable!
- God had His hand on Ananias’s life.
- God had his hand on Paul’s life, and God had a wonderful plan for his life. 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 name.”
- God has His hand on your life! He has a wonderful plan for your life.
Ananias was obedient to God’s call, how obedient are we?