Winter 2018

38 | WINTER 2018 ON A MISSION A lot of people like to think of the New Year as a do-over, a fresh start. I have no problem with that, but my question is why wait? “I’m going to lose 20lbs and start working out.” “I’m going to focus on getting out of debt in the new year.” “I’m going to...” You finish that one. It doesn’t matter if it’s January 1st or Septem- ber 9th, any day can be a fresh start, a do-over. It comes down to this; when we’re entirely ready to have God remove our defects and put us on the right path, He is ready. The question is, are we ready? Most of us have made numerous attempts at change and experienced some levels of success. Believe it or not I once weighted over 450lbs, but diets alone didn’t work for me. Person- ally, I had to go to ex- treme measures, and I did, because I was ready. Numerous surgeries later, here I am. Throughout my life I have fought many demons, some are dead and buried, some are dying, some are still fighting, but the promise from God is my sins and defects can die if I let God do the killing. When it comes to dealing with defects of character, we’ve all met with deep frustration. The by MARK HALL, Care Pastor Ginghamsburg Church There’s a reason for this. These character defects must be removed and not improved. The inner defects are the real issues behind the over-eat- ing, over-drinking, over-spending, sexual impuri- ty, laziness, etc. But it’s impossible, you say! “I love to eat, I can control it a little, but I’ll always be an over-eat- er.” “I drink too much, I lack motivation, I love to party and get crazy. Hey, it’s who I am and I can’t change. I can do better, but I can’t change, right?” Wrong. The illustra- tions given in the Bible say otherwise. The Bible says our sins and charac- ter defects must be removed, not improved. They are literally put to death just as Je- sus was, with the promise of new life to follow. If this weren’t possible God would not ask it of us. The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 6:6 that: “Our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.” And in Galatians 5:24 Paul says: “Those who belong to Christ to Change Power