I Really Want to Change...So Help Me God
For readers who are truly serious about allowing the power of God to transform their lives, I Really Want To Change... So, Help Me God is a practical guide on how to do it. Always direct and to the point,...
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For readers who are truly serious about allowing the power of God to transform their lives, I Really Want To Change... So, Help Me God is a practical guide on how to do it. Always direct and to the point, James MacDonald is a practical pastor with a heart for seeing lives completely changed by the truth of the gospel. This book will help you become the person God desires you to be.
Are you truly serious about allowing the power of God to transform your life? If you are, then prepare yourself for an incredible, life-changing experience. Change is difficult, but it's made even harder without practical guidance on how to do it. You will find that guidance in Lord, Change Me. James MacDonald is serious about the business of change according to God's Word. While many tell us that we should change and be more like Christ, MacDonald actually teaches us how to do it. Lord, Change Me is split into three sections as the model for approaching change:
The Preparation for Change: choosing the right method and partnering with God to select the areas in need of change in your life. The Process of Change: exploring the biblical method of saying 'no' to sinful patterns and 'yes' to the things God desires for you. The Power to Change: explaining how to experience the power of God personally and continuously. This is a book about a different you. There are no warm fuzzies within these pages. Rather, MacDonald is a direct, to-the-point pastor with a heart for seeing lives completely transformed by the truth of the Gospel. If you're serious about changing your life, this book is just what you need.
James MacDonald is founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Northwest Chicago, Illinois. He holds degrees from London Baptist Bible College (B.A.), Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (M.A.), and Phoenix Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He has written many books inlcuding Lord, Change My Attitude...Before It's Too Late and Gripped by the Greatness of God. Pastor MacDonald's teaching can be heard on radio all across North America. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children and reside in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
- <div><p>foreword  / 9<br>acknowledgments  / 11<br>an Invitation  / 13<br>introduction: How To Make The Most Of This Book  / 17<br><br>part 1: the Preparation For Change<br>1. Take Out The Garbage  / 25<br>2. Sign Me Up  / 43<br>3. Let's Get Specific  / 61<br><br>part 2: the Process Of Change<br>4. Step One: Repentance  / 79<br>5. Step Two: Now I Can Choose  / 99<br>6. I'm Dead To That  / 119<br>7. Lord, I'm Yours  / 135<br><br>part 3: the Power To Change<br>8. The Power Source  / 155<br>9. The Power Of Faith  / 175<br>10. The Power Of Biblical Friendships  / 197</p></div>
"Take out the garbage!" It was never a gentle command at my house growing up. Instead, it was a harsh order, barked at high volume, designed to produce an action that everyone loathed. Amazingly in a family of four boys, each child usually remembered somehow having taken his turn at the dreaded task just the previous week. To this day I loathe taking out the garbage. Why? Simply because nothing was in those bags that I wanted to save, just gross food remains and wrappers and things that--well, garbage. In this chapter we have to take out some garbage, and you may not like it. It's going to be somewhat negative. The reason for the negativity is really quite simple: I believe and have observed that the number one reason we don't change is because at some time in the past we have attempted to change, then failed, and in the process have been deeply hurt. After trying that a few times, we give up. We conclude that the only pain worse that needing to change is trying to change and failing. Now I need to let you know: When we pursue God's plan for change, it always works. If you've tried to change and failed, it's because you've tried to change according an unbiblical method. That's the garbage we need to take out: faulty change methods! We need to uncover the faulty change methods, and then we need to sweep them off the table and into the trash so that we can once and-for-all focus exclusively on God's program for change. It's ugly work, but it's gotta get done if we're gonna change. I've heard someone say, "If I keep doing what I've always done, I'm going to keep getting what I've always gotten." That's right, isn't it? We're going to look at three faulty psychological methods for change and three faulty spiritual methods for change-the things we've always done. We'll see how they're just trash, worthless. Are you with me? Let's do it together. Let's take out the trash!