My heart is filled with the joy of the Lord as I meditate on the word this morning! The Lord, like a skillful craftsman, chisels away at our misguided choices, our character, and our attitude to become more heavenly minded, and more useful for the kingdom.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Romans 12:2 NLT
Thank God he does not condemn us for our mistakes! But uses us where we are at the understanding we have gained thus far! Thank God he sends mentors and teachers and leaders of wisdom and knowledge to help guide us along the way!
Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
Romans 8:1-2 AMP
Guided grace-filled Transformation.
All things work together for the Glory of God! As we come to him, he unveils our misunderstandings and reveals where we have been believing the lies of this world. Thats what, "His grace is sufficient for me" means! Wherever we are in the journey of discovery of our Savior, he meets us there! He covers the remaining distance with his grace! What a profound act of understanding and love!
but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My loving kindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 AMP
Guided grace-filled Transformation spurred on by Repentance.
Repentance is a glorious gift. As we turn to him declaring, "You are right. I am not. Show me YOUR way. I surrender MY plans for yours. I may not understand what or why, but I trust you. Lead me."
Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things [which are dishonorable—disobedient, sinful], he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified [set apart for a special purpose and], useful to the Master, prepared for every good work. Run away from youthful lusts—pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace with those [believers] who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
2 Timothy 2:21-22 AMP
Guided, ️Methodical, grace-filled Transformation spurred on by Repentance
He drives out all the toxic, septic, poison from our lives little by little, bit by bit, so we can see through the fog of deception, feel the Holy Spirit more profoundly, and hear the voice of God more clearly. As we get stronger we are able to take ahold of the truth with conviction of mind and dedication of spirit!
I will not drive them out before you in a single year, so that the land does not become desolate [due to lack of attention] and the [wild] animals of the field do not become too numerous for you. I will drive them out before you little by little, until you have increased and are strong enough to take possession of the land.
Exodus 23:29-30 AMP
Praise you Father, for your ways are perfect! Amen