If you let him, God will turn your life upside-down. Or rather, right-side up. He will work a great thing in you.
He will not leave you where you are, but will sweep away the trash of selfishness and the litter of small concerns to fill you with a consuming love for him. God will transform you, change you, reorient you to himself. He will leave you marveling at grace and in awe of truth.
Further, he will remake you in his image, revealed in Christ, by the power of his Spirit, with all the might of heaven at your disposal. And he will give you the greatest mission of all, to work at his side that this image might be reproduced in others.
Satan would blind you to God’s goodness, but if you let him, God will break through your blindness and give you the sharpest vision of himself.
Make this your prayer and your goal today.
“At that time the deaf will be able to hear words read from a scroll, and the eyes of the blind will be able to see through deep darkness” Isaiah 29.18.
Focus question: Where is God working in my life? How is he effecting the promised transformation? What do I need to do to allow his transforming power in me?
READ: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things” Php 4.8.
THINK: The worldly mind is pessimistic, thinks the worst, expects the bad to happen. The redeemed mind thinks on what is good, for it has as a reference God’s goodness in the present and his promise for the future. In Christ, God’s peace guards the mind, v. 7. Continue reading
One’s intentions are not always clear to everyone. God’s motivations, also, are not always understood by people. So we need to study carefully the word of God. Continue reading
Without knowing how a sudden lurch in life or an unexpected situation could contribute to a happy ending, at least the Christian trusts that God’s project looks to his well-being and the blessing of all.
Think of how we regard as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and you have seen the Lord’s purpose, that the Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
James 5:11 NET
Many versions translate the phrase about the Lord’s purpose this way: “You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end” (NLT). Recent translations, however, consider the word “end” (Greek: telos) as an indication of purpose rather than a reference to the end of Job’s history. Actually, the two senses of the word merge here. Continue reading
How can I repay the Lord for all his acts of kindness to me?
Psalm 116:12 NET
The author of this psalm knew it was impossible to repay God. But his question is not entirely rhetorical. He knew also that he was not absolved from responding to this goodness of the Lord. Continue reading