God is replacing my shortcomings and
worldly virtues with His character.
2 Corinthians 3:15-18 (NASB)
But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 4:1-10 (NLT)
And so, since God in His mercy has given us this wonderful ministry, we never give up. We reject all shameful and underhanded methods. We do not try to trick anyone, and we do not distort the Word of God. We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know that.
If the Good News we preach is veiled from anyone, it is a sign they are perishing. Satan, the god of this evil world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe, so they are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News that is shining upon them. They don’t understand the message we preach about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.
We don’t go around preaching about ourselves; we preach Christ Jesus, the Lord. All we say about ourselves is that we are servants because of what Jesus has done for us. For God, who said, “Let there be light in this darkness,” has made us understand that this light is the brightness of the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
But this precious treasure—this light and power that now shine within us—is held in perishable containers, that is our weak bodies. So that everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and not our own.
We are pressed on from every side, but we are not crushed or broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going. Through suffering, these bodies of ours constantly share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
All of us who have invited Jesus to be in our heart are in the ministry of reconciliation, no exceptions. The most powerful and important message we will ever preach to the world around us is not what we say or even what we do. Our message that carries the power and truth of God that has credibility is the way we live. This is the proof the cause and effect world we live in can understand and accept.
When we do the best we can to live according to the truths of God we are learning we are not on our own. God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, partners with us enabling us to do what we cannot do on our own. When we are convicted of an action, a habit or an attitude from the Holy Spirit we don’t “suck it up” and change whatever God has revealed about ourself to us in our own strength and will.
Instead, as God’s precious treasure, we surrender the mindset we have, asking God to change our heart. We do this so that God’s nature and heart can be released in us and we are not bound in a legalistic interpretation in our own understanding of trying to fix what God is revealing in us. As we earnestly seek God’s perspective and heart we are growing in the willingness to let go of whatever we have been holding onto that does not reflect or honor our God. In this process God transforms us.
If we are striving to accomplish a change of mindset on our own, we lose. This is like arm wrestling ourself. We can win and lose at the same time. In our own strength all we have succeeded doing is changing what others see on the outside, temporarily. When trying to change on our own, it can only be done from the outside to the inside. The result is when we come into a struggle or a stressful challenge our unchanged inner self will always show back up. When this happens we get to start all over again.
However, as God changes our heart, the true beliefs we hold in our heart, true transformation, changing from the inside out occurs and we will start responding better and better when stressed instead of reverting and reacting with our old habits and behaviors. It is always easy to be our best when things are going our way.
The truth of transformation is in our adversities. Our circumstances are what they are. We live in a fallen world where stuff happens that we have no control over. It is how and with whom we go through our adversities with that testifies to the presence of our Living God being with us.
What is the Holy Spirit saying to me…?
How does today’s message apply to my life?…my beliefs?