Spiritual family, this is such a great question for you to ponder. How many of you can see the difference in how you are now and how you were when God first got your attention? I know I can see the differences, and they are definitely appreciated. I used to be a loud, brash woman (okay, so maybe the loudness is still there, but in a good way!) who pushed forward with her agenda no matter who got hurt or was in the way. God has helped me learn through the years what it means to love my neighbor, to be and do what is best for them regardless of how it might temporarily or permanently negatively impact my life. He has created a kinder me. I am a woman transformed.
Throughout scripture, you will see that our God’s love is a transforming power. He turned the Apostle John from a loudmouth into a spiritually yielded and blessed follower who teaches us all about spiritual love and relationship. John was a man transformed. He turned Moses from an insecure speaker (he had a speech impediment) into one who was the instrument that set the people free from Egyptian slavery and led them towards the promised land. Moses was a man transformed. He set the Apostle Paul free from sincere misunderstandings about Him and personally taught him about Himself and His way of life and love. Paul was a man transformed.
Whatever is holding you back from being totally His, be it anger, sexual issues, self pity (that’s another post, but some people love being victims more than they love being God’s), unforgiveness or anything else that God helps you see is a barrier between who you are and who He wants you to be, give it to God and ask Him to transform you. When it’s right for you, He will.
Brothers and sisters, the great God who helped me forgive my abuser and later blessed me with praying her home to Him at the end of her physical story can work the same changes and, yes, miracles, in your life. He loves you so much, and His love is a transforming power.
John 10:10 (NIV)
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Luke 4:18-19 (NIV)
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
May God’s transforming love touch your life and set you spiritually free. Be blessed.
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