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How to Get Started

How to get started when you want change. Keys to victorious faith. Inspirational Blog. Sandra HerseyIf I asked ten people if they wanted to change or improve. I would received ten nods.

IF then asked those ten people precisely what they wanted. I would received ten stares.

Everyone wants to change. Everyone, however, does not  know what they want to change. The desire is there, but it’s vague. It’s a feeling and not a fact.

If you are serious about doing more with your life, you have to – have to – get clear about what you want. The answers may not come easily, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

It will take work. It will take focused thought, effort, and investigation. But lying on the other side of that work will be a life that makes you happier and more fulfilled than ever before.

Get clear about what you want – super specific – and you’ll be one of the rare few who do more than desire. You’ll pursue and achieve.

Do we really know what we want? In each area of our lives; spiritually, physically, financially, relationally – do we really really know? Today I am challenging myself and you to take some time and write down what we really want in each area of our lives. Writing it down is the first step! You can read more about writing it down here.

Take the first step in getting started and that my friend is getting started! Start!

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Seasons of Change

Sandra Hersey Key To Victorious FaithJust like we have seasonal changes in the natural we also have seasons of change in our walk with God. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Though seasons in our life change – God’s truth remains; His Word will not pass away. When God speaks it is sealed in Heaven; we can be sure of it, we can depend on Him!

One of the greatest obstacles Christians face is when they do not recognize the season they are in.

If a Christian is in a spiritual winter season and becomes nervous because there does not seem to be any fruit appearing in their life, they may commit to new ministries in order to force themselves to produce fruit. No matter how hard they try, they won’t produce fruit until God produces it in them. But what is worse is sometimes they blame God for the lack of fruit! I can not tell you how many times I’ve heard “I did everything right but God did not come through.”
God does not fail; we fail to recognize our seasons and we fail to work with God in what He is doing in our life.

Just like the natural seasons we go through; we go through spiritual seasons as well.

During our Spiritual Springtime we are to look for the leading of God in new activities and ventures into new opportunities. In our Spiritual Summer we need to take the time for spiritual development and fruit bearing. During our Spiritual Fall we may be feeling a need to return to the basics of our relationship with God, or a new commitment to the spiritual disciplines of fasting, praying, solitude, individual worship, and devotion; things which in themselves seem to produce little fruit but are essential for our Christian walk. Lastly, there is winter – Spiritual Winter is the most uncomfortable time for many Christians. In our society we tend to value people based on how much they produce. This “work equals value” culture is not godly and it is wrong to applaud people who are over committed as much as it is wrong to applaud people who are under committed.

God values people – not works and we should too. Spiritual winter is like the Sabbath rest. God instructed people to keep the rest holy to God and reflect on the things which God had done for them. God says in Leviticus 23:27 we must “deny” (NIV) or “afflict” (KJV) ourselves when observing the Sabbath. What should we deny? Whatever keeps our minds from reflecting on God’s good deeds and keeping a holy attitude before Him.

As you work unto the Lord and most importantly once you work or rest according to the season you are currently in, you will maximize your spiritual growth and your production of spiritual fruit. Some may feel they do not know how to hear God concerning the season they are in, however, John 2:20 plainly declares ALL believers have an anointing from God which provides them with insight of God’s will for their lives. Our responsibility is to spend time in prayer and even fasting to seek Him for His will in the season we are in.

What Spiritual Season are you in right now? Seek Him and act accordingly.

Change; A Story of Transformation

Changing is hard but necessary. Here is why

Change; we talk about it, have books and seminars on how to do it, we all say we want it, however we all fear it. Change is almost a concept in our lives instead of an action. We want change but we fear change. Change will twist us and turn us inside out; right out of our comfort zones, all the while bringing about pain in the process. However, change will also bring great joy, peace, and rewards once we have gone through the process and come out differently on the other side.

Moses was a man who had undergone great change; we can read his amazing story of transformation throughout the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. We are able to witness facts which point to Moses being a born leader; just because he was always ready to jump in and react. Reaction was Moses favorite action. He was always drawn to do what was right, but this drawing was not refined or fine tuned and resulted in trouble when he took it upon himself to discipline Pharaoh’s taskmaster; which resulted in taking his life. He reacted when two kinsmen were fighting and he felt the need to referee. Even when he came upon the burning bush he felt the need to go and investigate. Amazingly as we watch Moses over the years we still see a leader, however we see a new leader emerge; he did not stop reacting; he learned how to react correctly. God had used two million people and a desert to help refine and change Moses’ character into the leader God had wanted.

We like Moses must learn to react with the proper instincts which are consistent to God’s will. We must allow the Holy Spirit to develop in us habits which are in obedience to God’s way of reacting. How do we do this? By consistently being obedient to God, spending time with Him daily, learning His voice, and growing in His Word. As we allow the Holy Spirit to develop us we will be able to handle stressful and trying situations with confidence; not in ourselves but in our Father.

I used to ask God to show me how to change and yet this is correct to ask in once sense; however now my prayer is how should I use my abilities and strengths to do God’s will? Remember God did not give Moses new abilities and new strengths; instead God took Moses characteristics and molded them, in order to use Moses for His purpose. God always wanted to use Moses to do His will yet Moses always complained he was not the one with the ability. I know so many times I am not the one with the ability to do what God asks me to do, however, I must remember that my Creator made me with the abilities and strengths He was going to need to complete the task; just as He did Moses. My responsibility is to grow in those giftings and allow the Holy Spirit to work in me and out of me what the Father is requesting.

He has already gifted you and I; we are to allow Him to teach us how to react correctly and allow Him to refine His craftsmanship. Knowing this will make a difference in our understanding of God’s purpose for our life and we will no longer have to worry about not being the perfect candidate for the job God has for us to complete.

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