His Process of Change
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.
—2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV).
The grace of Jesus is sufficient for all you need—for whatever you face—for any weakness or problem that appears impossible! His grace empowers the Holy Spirit to overcome any human weakness. His grace loves you right where you are and sees potential that you can never see with human sight. The grace of Jesus imparts a spiritual understanding of the most profound kind and transforms the way you think in the spirit of your mind. As you change from your human perspective to understanding His spiritual truth, you are in the process of healing. And He is with you each step of the way.
"Not only will God and His grace be with you in every step of the healing process, but God will be pleased with you at every step of the process," David Seamands writes in Healing of Damaged Emotions. “Grace is not a commodity but our Lord Himself coming to us in His graciousness. A loving gracious God accepts us as we are, offers Himself lovingly to us right here and now, not when we shape up.”
“God is as pleased with you in this process as loving parents when their child starts to walk,” Seamands continues. "Those are exciting days in a home, especially with the first child–the child stumbles, knocks over the furniture. But do the parents scold him, tell him how displeased they are because he isn't doing a perfect job? Does Dad shout 'You ought to do better than that, kid?’ Does Mother chime in with, 'That sure was a stupid step you took; no wonder you fell and hurt yourself?’ Do you see how we so often have made God into a neurotic parent? If Jesus were preaching His Sermon on the mount, He might paraphrase this idea. 'If you being evil, know how to do that well when teaching your child to walk, how much more will the heavenly Father be pleased with every step in your healing process?' God will be pleased with you every step of the way."
Did you get what Seamands said? God is pleased with you in your process of spiritual growth. As a child, you learned to see yourself through your parents' eyes and reached to meet their expectations. As you grew, you learned your identity from the relationships you had with other people. You reflected what other people thought of you. Now God wants you to reflect who He says you are—not who you have perceived yourself to be or who others think you should be. Jesus doesn’t want you to see yourself as weak or imperfect. He wants you to see yourself as He sees you—strong and perfected by His grace!
Do you strive to live up to what you feel God wants from you? The Holy Spirit ALONE empowers you to live a holy life! He imparts power where you feel weak. God attempts to breathe His grace into your strife! You can never live up to the impossible expectations that you or others have placed on you! Jesus washes away those expectations, and promises you His healing! He knows change is a process, and He is with you in it! That is the living breathing grace of His presence.
Don’t turn the process of change into anger when you fail, but praise Him that He is with you each step of the way! Never despair when you climb two steps, and slide back one! Remember, transformation is a process!
Here is your promise. "Let perseverance finish its work," James writes, "so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:4, NIV). The grace of Jesus will destroy the false reflections that have defined who you are, and you will see His revealed truth of who you really are—the new person that He created the moment you asked Him into your heart!
© 2019 Lynn Lacher