Change is Not Only Possible, It’s Inevitable

“John says the end of the change process is certain: I will be like Jesus when I see him as he is (1 John 3:2). That means changes is not only possible, it’s inevitable!

I used to think that sanctification was a bit like pushing a boulder up a hill. It was hard, slow work, and if you lost concentration you might find yourself back at the bottom. But it’s more like a boulder rolling down a hill. There’s something inevitable about it, because it’s God’s work, and God always succeeds. The sad thing is that often I try to push the boulder back up the hill. I say in effect, ‘Don’t change me yet–I like doing that sin.'”

– Tim Chester, You Can Change, p.55

It Is God Himself Who Sanctifies Us

“It is God himself who sanctifies us (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Other therapies can modify behavior. Drugs can suppress the more extreme symptoms of  some problems. But only God can bring true and lasting change. And that’s because only God can change our hearts.”

– Tim Chester, You Can Change, p.46

Change is About Discovering the Delight of Knowing and Serving God

“…change is about discovering the delight of knowing and serving God. Our job is to stop wallowing around in the dirt and instead to enjoy knowing God, to give up our cheap imitations and enjoy the real thing. All too often we think of holiness as giving up the pleasures of sin for some worthy but drab life. But holiness means recognizing that the pleasures of sin are empty and temporary, while God is inviting us to magnificent, true, full, and rich pleasures that last forever.”

– Tim Chester, You Can Change, p.36

Comfort in the Immutability of God

“Herein is solid comfort. Human nature cannot be relied upon; but God can! However unstable I may be, however fickle my friends may prove, God changes not. If He varied as we do; if He willed one thing today and another tomorrow; if He were controlled by caprice, who could confide in Him? But, all praise to His glorious name, He is ever the same. His purpose is fixed; His will is stable; His word is sure. Here then is a Rock on which we may fix our feet, while the mighty torrent is sweeping away everything around us. The permanence of God’s character guarantees the fulfillment of His promises: ‘For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, says the Lord who has mercy on you’ (Isa. 54:10).”

– Arthur W. Pink, The Attributes of God, p.31