by Ernest Easley

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God's Promise for Change - Part 2 (6 of 18)
Series: The If's, Ands and Buts of the Bible
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 5:17-21
February 12, 2012

If you were in the blended worship gathering this morning .. from 2 Corinthians 5 .. you heard about God's Wonderful Promise for Change. It's in verse 17 where we find that this promise for change is one of God's conditional promises.
In other words … people can change and people do change which means anybody can change including you and me! God can change anybody. He's promised us. But that promise for change is conditional.
You say, "Ernest, what's the condition I need to meet before God can change me?" I think I'll let the Apostle Paul answer that .. which he does here in 2 Corinthians 5.17 where we read that " …. IF anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
Now look up here for minute because I want to make sure I have your undivided attention because I don't want you to miss what I'm about to say because it could be life changing.
In our flesh we say, "I want to change!" In our flesh we say, "I have to change!" In our flesh we say, "I must change." And yet .. in our flesh we CANNOT change.
You talk about frustration! The person who says, "I want to change .. I have to change .. I must change" will try and fail and then try and fail and then try and fail time after time … month after month .. year after year until they finally through up their hands with disgust and defeat and say, "I cannot change. I've tried to change and failed. It's no use. I am what I am."
Well .. you are what you are .. IN THE FLESH. As long as you're "in the flesh" you will not .. you cannot .. you shall not experience genuine, lasting, fulfilling change in your life. The flesh cannot produce lasting change .. only Christ can! Rather than trying to change in the flesh .. start trusting for change IN CHRIST. That's wh ...

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