I’m thinking about how the Lord allows processes in our lives to show us the beauty and pain of change. Although there is pain in the process there is also beauty. We get to a place of searching and excavating-this is the place of pain, then a place of acceptance and then a place of deliverance. As we are delivered we begin to walk into Freedom, a place of Beauty. Ephesians 2:10 talks about us being God’s handiwork, His workmanship, recreated (born anew) that we may do good works, which He prepared for us, that we should walk in them. Freedom is a place to be explored; it is Change. Change is a place that can bring about new challenges of its own but you are free from yesterday’s things.
What are those challenges that Change brings? When you choose to live right, Be like Christ and live in oneness with Him and the Father you sign up for dying to yourself to please Him. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 says, Furthermore, brethren, we beg and admonish you in [virtue of our union with] the Lord Jesus, that [you follow the instructions which] you learned from us about how you ought to walk so as to please and gratify God, as indeed you are doing, [and] that you do so even more and more abundantly [attaining yet greater perfection in living this life]. Paul used strong words here, “I beg you” because he knew we would run into some objections, obstacles, hindrances in our Walk.
Why is change important? I believe it’s because we must grow into Eternity’s Perfection. Every change gets us closer to the reality of our true identity in Christ. It’s like an awakening. We awaken to Truth, we Awaken to God’s true intent for us; we awaken to “Christ-likeness” from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), from strength to strength (Psalm 84:7). As we find that Freedom place in Christ through Transformation, we are able to embrace the abundant life that John 10:10 talks about:
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). –Jesus Christ of Nazareth, our Lord, our Savior
May we all find Beauty today in His Abundant Life...get there.
Luke 9: 23 and 29 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me... "Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray."
Last night Xaris asked me, "Mom do you know why I pray with my hands folded together?" She explained to me that her prayers go into her hands and as she releases her hands the prayers fly up to the heavens and into God's heart. Micah went on to explain that his prayers are between his hands like a laser! As he prays his prayers shoot out like the Laser in the Light Saber from Star Wars! Kids have a wonderful imagination that empowers them to believe!
God's ultimate Goal for us is that our mind is Renewed, transformed into the image of His son Jesus Christ. Did you ever wonder what that might look like? I believe Jesus wanted us to have a visual of a Renewed Mind.
In Luke 9 we read about the Transfiguration of Jesus. about 8 days before the account of the Transfiguration, Jesus talks to His disciples about "Taking up your cross daily and following Him". On the Mount as Jesus prayed the appearance of His face was altered and His robes became white and glistened! (Lk. 9:29)
Could it be that Jesus was showing Peter, James and John what a Renewed Mind looks like in the Spirit?
It is a daily occurrence, a picking up of the cross that happens as we pray and meditate on the Word of God; a transformation happens that cleanses from the inside out. our countenance changes, our attitude changes and we become the Re-presenters of Christ here on Earth; that is we present Christ again. God said, "Here is my Son, Hear Him!" When we represent Christ on Earth renewed and transformed we become Sons and Daughters and God says to the world before us, "Here is my Son/Daughter, Hear them!"
The world can recognize the God in us, if we are renewed, transformed, transfigured! We will shine with glistening white robes and our face (attitude) will change.
May you find the exuberant Joy of the Lord today as you commune with Him.
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