Devotionals
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July 6, 2017, 5:00 AM

We must learn to surrender to the Truth in order to be shaped by God. 


I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

 

In moments of weakness, we’ve all wondered if change is indeed possible. Can something awkward ever become a normal reaction? Instead of displaying anger, can we exhibit patience? Rather than thinking judgmental thoughts, will we respond with compassion? Can forgiveness conquer where bitterness reigned?  The prospects of change can be both exhilarating and frightening, sometimes simultaneously. If we allow God to form us into His image, we will be tested, challenged, and pushed to extremes. Numerous twists and turns will greet us along the way. Sometimes the view from the top of the hill where transformation resides will appear too steep and daunting.

 

It’s in those moments, we need to keep pushing, embrace the transformation process and enjoy the ride. Transformation is the process by which our lives become an increasingly accurate expression of our true identity in Christ. God shaping and forming us is an expression of His love. We are being shaped into His image. This goes deeper than behavior modification. God isn’t interested in mindless obedience. He is after our heart. It’s not about changing our behavior. It’s about capturing and changing our heart, stepping into our new identity and growing deeper in our faith with Him.  The reality is we can obey all the rules and still miss the point.

 

Discipline helps us to know what to do until we understand why we do it. Transformation requires submission to the truth over time. We are changed by what we believe. Many of us spend our days clueless about what we believe and allow unchecked desires to run wild. If we want to be transformed, it starts with our mind and engaging in the process of awareness and alignment. It begins by examining what we believe, why we believe it and how those beliefs are impacting our actions and worldview. Then we take those beliefs and compare them to what God’s Word says.  We must learn to surrender to the Truth in order to be shaped by God.  Allowing what we experience to sink deeper begins by positioning ourselves to focus and depend on God’s work in our heart and life.

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, rather than growing restless when change doesn’t come easily, help me to stay engaged in the process. May I exhibit perseverance while trusting You with every step that I take. Give me the courage to walk in faith, knowing what Your ultimate goal is – my heart reflecting Your own. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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