Today I'm continuing my teaching that I've entitled effortless change and I tell you, I am very excited about this. This has literally changed my life and I believe that it has the potential of changing every one of your lives. You know when I travel to our meetings, we always advertise our Bible college and one of the ways that I do this... I'll say how many of you know that there's more? How many of you realize that you need to change... That something in your life needs to change? And it's not unusual to get 80% to 90% of the people to raise their hands and say man, I know that there's more, and then I'll say alright, how many of you are willing to do something different?
And immediately there is less people responding... That people resist change and then I'll tell them that I think it was Einstein that said it's a definition of insanity to do the same things and expect different results and yet there's people who are praying for change, but they aren't going to do anything different. They like the security. They may be in a job that they aren't satisfied with. They get up and it's miserable to go to work. They talk about blue Monday and then thank God it's Friday... And they're excited to get off work. They aren't enjoying what they do but they're afraid to change because they're afraid that they may not get something else and stuff and so people resist this change and yet I'm telling you that you've got to do something to change and what I'm trying to get across is that the number one thing to affect spiritual and physical change in your life is to get into the Word of God and change the way you think, the way you see yourself, the way you relate to God. And if you will do that, if you will go to the effort of just getting into the Word of God, then God's word will change your thinking and therefore as a man thinks in his heart, that's the way that your life will be.
Proverbs, chapter 23, verse 7. Man, it's that simple! And let me just mention this. You know, I am really excited about this living commentary. There was many years ago I put out a study Bible and we called it life for today and it took me around an hour to two hours to do every verse because I put references with it... Greek and Hebrew words defined. I wrote commentary and I organized all of the Gospels into a chronological way of studying through it, and it was just a huge process and when I started on television in 2000, I actually ran out of time to be able to spend that much time developing this hard copy of the scriptures, but I kept studying and what I did I had a computer program and I would just write my own footnotes and I would write my own notes for my own benefit.
You know like there's one scripture that says those that curse their father or mother, that the birds of the air will pluck out their eyes and I remember one of the notes that I wrote... This is before I ever realized I would ever publish these things. I said oh God, have mercy on my kids because they've said some bad things! And so anyway, it was those kind of things and I would just write these notes and then after about six or seven years I had accumulated thousands and thousands of these notes that were just powerful and I went to my computer department, and I said, is there a way to take what we had in this life for today Bible and combine it with my own personal Bible study that I have on this computer and so they put together something we call the living commentary and I encourage you to please take advantage of that. It could change your life.
Let me use today... Today's going to be my last day to teach on the first teaching in this series on effortless change, transformed by the word, and I want to just go over and there's a lot of places that I could use. Maybe I'll refer to more than one, but I want to specifically look at Gideon and the way that God used Gideon and this is an illustration of what I've been talking about. I've been trying to say that change doesn't come by you just praying and asking God to do something and God changes your circumstances, but change actually comes through you. It doesn't happen to you from the outside. It comes from the inside out... godly change... And you have to first of all change the way that you see yourself before you can change the circumstances that you live in. It starts with a heart attitude as a man thinks in his heart, so is he. And so here it is illustrated in the life of Gideon.