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April 30, 2017, 5:00 AM

Do you view yourself as a work in progress or do you desire instant change? 


Do you view yourself as a work in progress or do you desire instant change?  I loved Saturday morning cartoons when I was a kid. Thundercats, He-Man, and Snorks, man they just don’t make them like they used to.   There was one show I really loved.  Do you remember the show Transformers? For those of us who grew up in the eighties Transformers was “part of a complete breakfast.”  

 

I can remember sitting with my T.V. tray in front of our giant console T.V., watching this incredible, action-packed program. As I crunched down on some Mr. T cereal, as Optimus Prime shifted from a robot to a cab over truck then back to a robot. There were no glitches, no mistakes, just fluid and instantaneous transformation.  Don’t you just love the idea of immediate change? I can think of many areas in my own life where this would be more than welcomed.  I definitely would appreciate a complete change in my diet and physical activity happening overnight.  But in reality, it’s a process that will take time, discipline, and a whole lot of grace.  The same is true in our walk with God.

We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

 

The transformation of who we are now, to who God longs for us to be in Christ is a process. I can thankfully say today, though I’m not fully where I need to be, I’m not where I was. I’ve learned I need daily quiet times with God. I need to have a diligent prayer life both where I talk and listen to God.  My time spent with God comes more naturally now, though it didn’t always. I thought that if I followed Christ it would make everything easy.  Boy was I wrong; I had some deep struggles that were difficult to overcome. I tried and tried and tried to make them go away on my own, and nothing worked. By trying to change instantaneously on my own, I was leaving God out of the equation. It’s like I was saying, “thanks for that whole salvation thing, but I got it from here.”

 

After exhausting myself to the point of giving up, I came back to the Lord and accepted His grace. It was no longer something I believed I had to work for. I accepted it fully and freely and finally understood I was a work in progress. His grace allowed me to remain in His presence so that His love could seep into my heart, and that is when the real change began. The more time I spend with God, the more aware I become of not only His presence with me but His presence in me.  And though I still have a long way to go, I’m thankful for what He’s done so far.  How do you receive God’s grace? Is it something you believe you have to work for or do you receive it freely?

 

This is my Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of Your grace that is given so freely. Lord help me receive it so I no longer feel the need to work for Your acceptance. Jesus You love me just as I am, and by the power of that same love, I am conformed more and more into Your image. God help me understand that this is a process. It is not something that happens overnight, yet a continuation until the day You call me home. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


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