Understanding Change

By April 26, 2012 Sermon Notes

Luke 10:29-37(NIV)
29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbour?”30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him.

35 The next day he took out two denarii[a] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’
36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

In life there are situations that you cannot get yourself out of, no matter how much you pray and fast.  You need someone to open a door for you and help you.

• We need a helper on our journeys in life even with the Lord by our side.

• Where you are traveling and journeying is a dangerous road, and you are growing in the Lord and in your destiny.  You need your neighbour.

• Are you walking with armour bearers or pall bearers?
The company you keep needs to know who you are CHANGED..
There are some of us that are walking alone in a dangerous road and don’t even know it.
There are thieves out here (and even in the church) who will rob you of your destiny.

John 10:7-10 (NIV)
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.[a] They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (more abundantly)

There is life inside of CHANGED PEOPLE
• The reason why He lets your enemies get closer to you is because this makes your anointing fresher.
• The thief messed up. He stripped, wounded and left you ..but he left them half dead.
• If you have half left, you are still alive and can use what you have.

God will send someone that you would never expect.

The folks that you help are not always the ones who will help you.

Help is on the way and you don’t have to go to it. Just stand still and know he is God

The Samaritan picked the man up . . . someone is coming to pick you up and they are putting their agenda aside.

They will put you on what they are riding on, favor, and take you to the place of peace.


Understanding change
Stage 1 – Loss to Safety
In Stage 1 you admit to yourself that regardless of whether or not you perceive the change to be good or ‘bad”, there will be a sense of loss of what “was.”

Stage 2 – Doubt to Reality
In this stage, you doubt the facts, doubt your doubts and struggle to find information about the change that you believe is valid. Resentment, scepticism and blame cloud your thinking.

Stage 3 – Discomfort to Motivation
You will recognize Stage 3 by the discomfort it brings. The change and all it means has now become clear and starts to settle in. Frustration and lethargy rule until possibility takes over.

The Danger Zone
The Danger Zone represents the pivotal place where you make the choice either to move on to Stage 4 and discover the possibilities the change has presented, or to choose fear and return to Stage 1.

Stage 4 – Discovery to Perspective
Stage 4 represents the “light at the end of the tunnel”.  Perspective, anticipation, and a willingness to make decisions give a new sense of control and hope. You are optimistic about a good outcome because you have choices.

Stage 5 – Understanding
In Stage 5, you understand the change and are more confident, you think positively, and your behaviour is much more productive. Good thing.

Stage 6 – Integration
By this time, you have regained your ability and willingness to be flexible. You have insight into the ramifications, consequences, and rewards of the change — past, present, and future.
You begin to make these changes a part of your life.