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Delivered By
Bob Petersen
Delivered On
March 3, 2019

Grace for Change


1 John 3:7-10 NIV "Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God."


  • God has been revealing our value to Him.
    • God told me that this must because He needs to show us strong truth to change us.
  • There must be change or there is no growth.
    • There is no change without the recognition of the need to change through dysfunction.


  • The law came before grace.
  • Many today have only known grace.
  • Grace cannot flow like it needs to forward us without the backgrounding of obedience to the law.
  • Many are using grace as a covering for disobedience or doing wrong.
    • It’s supposed to be used for us to have another chance while we’re learning how to overcome the area that’s tripping us up.
    • Instead, we’re just making excuses for not overcoming and blaming it on someone else, our wounding or something from our past.
    • The devil does not care about your wounding, past or anything.
  • We are to be overcoming every enemy by not agreeing with them in our actions.


1 Peter 4:17 NAS "It is time for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God?"


  • We have a misconception that disobedience can go on forever and God’s grace will reset us.
    • This is true with forgiveness but not qualifying to position in God’s kingdom.


  • Jesus healed a man, found him later and told him in John 5:14 NKJV "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you."


  • Paul had a weakness where he had trouble overcoming and after praying God told him in.
    • 2 Corinthians 12:9 NAS "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness."
    • This is what grace is for.
    • This grace was to perfect him in power where he was once weak.


  • We had an outpouring in the 80’s but God’s people just used it to affirm who was the greatest instead of changing them.
  • We need an outpouring of power now to change our weaknesses.


  Let’s look some who’s disobedience and lack of change affected them very negatively:

  • Adam & Eve
  • Those under 40 in the wilderness
  • Eli the priest
  • King Saul
  • Judas
  • Ananias and Sapphira
  • 5 Foolish Virgins
  • Servant that buried his talent
  • Wedding guests with excuses
  • Lukewarm in Revelations
  • Those who take the mark of the beast


Why is it so hard for people to change?

  1. Refusal to Recognize Failure
  2. Need for Change Destabilizes Them
    1. By definition, change is a departure from the past.
      1. Those people associated with the last version, the one that didn’t work or the one that’s being superseded and are likely to be defensive about it.
    2. The thought comes in, “If I’m wrong in this area, what if everything is wrong.”
  3. Ego
    1. Some simply don’t want to admit being wrong.
    2. Some need to have an image of being on top of things.
  4. Perceived Loss of Control
    1. The belief that admitting to change gives other control over us.
  5. Loss of Brain Reward
    1. Our brain adjusts to receive reward chemicals by know tasks. When the task changes our brain must change to begin rewarding again.
    2. Our basal ganglia in the ancestral or primitive brain are responsible for “wiring” habits. This cluster of nerve cell bodies is involved in functions such as automatic or routine behaviors (e.g., habits) that are familiar and make us feel good.
    3. In a way our inertia works against us.
  6. "More Work"
    1. Change is often more work.