From the first time I gave my life to God, there has been one overarching work of His that has fascinated me: His ability and willingness to transform His people. While different metaphors are used throughout Scripture to illustrate this principle, I’ve found that the process is something that is discovered one piece at a time, requiring the development of patience and perseverance. Perhaps that is why wisdom is compared to precious jewels and gold, no?
The first step lies in repentance before God. However, the lie the enemy wants us to believe is that we must become clean before we approach God. The Holy Spirit alone can change our hearts to even desire repentance.
Ephesians 2: 10 {NASB} “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
Philippians 3: 21 {NASB} “Who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.”
The next step is focus. It is a well-established rule of human behavior that we become like that on which we concentrate. I believe this was the message to the Children of Israel in Numbers 21. Once again, they were trusting in worldly resources and their own self-effort rather than trusting God who had brought them out of Egypt and through the wilderness, providing for them time and again. To punish them for their unbelief, God sent deadly fiery serpents among them. Many of them were bitten and died. The people repented to Moses and asked for his intercession with God for them. God had Moses make and set up a bronze serpent on a standard for the people to look on and be healed. Only those who gazed at the bronze serpent were saved.
To me, this story is more than a foreshadowing of Christ’s sacrifice for us. It is the standard for our transformation today. If we want God’s results, we need to look to God’s provision on the cross. We need to stop looking at our wounds from sin and start looking at God’s answer and provision on the cross. Every time we work for our renovations, He rests in us; every time we rest in Him, He works in us. What we do while we are waiting for God to fulfill our prayers is important. Patiently wait. Keep believing in Him, His promises, His love, His provision, and that without anger. Persevere.
Meditate on His Word so that it works its way into the very core of your being.
Psalm 1: 1-3 {NASB} “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does he prospers.”
Psalm 119:10-11 {NASB} “With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your commandments. Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
Faith actions are born out of living faith. Jesus IS our acceptance, our holiness. We are not transformed by effort but by the power of the Holy Spirit through Christ living in us. The only thing He requires is for us to submit ourselves to Him.
~ Denise Chambellan

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  1. This is a hard lesson to learn…realizing that our efforts to transform ourselves are futile and that we must leave it in His hands. At least, it’s been hard for me to learn, but (slowly) learning it I am! Nice blog, Denise! 🙂

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