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?
This Twitter quote about writing got me to thinking about the writers, and about us the readers, of Scripture: “I love writing that allows for many things to happen at once…”
When we read the word of God with an open heart and mind, Scripture allows many things to happen at once. Continue reading
The gospel doesn’t just bring out the best in people—it produces in those who believe a new nature. God knows the worst of humanity and overcomes it to transform the willing into the image of Christ. Glory to God for producing this new nature!
God works upon our hearts, our minds, our wills, our consciences. His word affects us deeply. His Spirit changes us into the image of the Son. The Cross brings forgiveness and inner cleansing. God is at work in us. He fills and fulfills. He repairs our brokenness. He reaches the inner person that no other can touch. Praise him, praise him, praise him!
READ: “Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God—what is good and well-pleasing and perfect” Rom 12.2.
THINK: We can change our lives. We do this by rejecting the world’s pressures, in order to transform the mind using the word of God. Everything starts in the mind. In this way, we see how God’s will is good. By this transformation we become living sacrifices for God, v. 1. Continue reading
There are very few people who realise what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace. —Ignatius