There is a little something that happens every day that reminds me that I am becoming a better person. I am literally transforming and I am so pleased with the change. I notice most in my internal responses to life. Instead of flopping thoughts around and wasting time imagining the worst, I am more cautious about making sure my perspective is right. It’s been so refreshing to find that wow, some things that were not a challenge to let go are now a nonissue. God is good. Something on the inside, working on the outside, oh what a change in my life! (This is a song!)
How are you changing? Are you stopping to take notice and praise God for the change? Are you celebrating the hurdles you’re clearing, by the help of the Lord? I hope so. Some things have annoyed our development for so long that when we can adjust to being deficient. We can slowly believe that this is a thorn in our flesh and try to make peace with it. Then, the Father makes us to triumph over it. He makes us more than a conqueror over it. And we finally see in practice that change has come. God is kind.
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.2 Corinthians 3:16-18 ESV
Transformation happens when we turn to the Lord.
I want us all to be encouraged and convinced that the things we bring to the Lord about ourselves do not fall on deaf ears. He hears us and in many different ways He works in us the will and the to do of His good pleasure. We turn to Him in moments of conviction and clarity, when we realize our error and confusion. His word enters our lives with light, and that light offers us new life. We stop hoping for freedom and realize that we are free in Christ and finally, free in life. It is a wonderful feeling.
As we turn to the Lord and look upon His glory, we start to look like him. One degree at a time, we are transformed in His glory. This is not our doing, but the doing is of the Lord. We only turn to Him. Isn’t that something? This is not an exchange of works for the work is finished.
Can we agree from today forward not to judge ourselves too harshly for our displeasing parts? Can we just agree to turn to the Lord? Dear Ones, He is working us all out. And, He’s doing a great job!
One more thing that I found is that seeing freedom in practice — overcoming a flaw or error — encourages faith. It’s like a blind spot is removed that has kept us from believing in God’s perfect love and the power of His righteousness in our lives. Good changes are happening in us, Beloved. Let’s embrace them. Let’s embrace the freedom we have longed for in our hearts. And let’s rejoice.
Dr. Shaunta Scroggins is the founder of The Bereans’ Commentary.
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