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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Transformed by His Grace

"So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you" (Romans 12:1-2, MSG).

I place my life in the hands of my Savior who unselfishly died on the Cross for me so I could receive His righteousness. The moment I believed by faith in Him is the moment my spirit became His, and His Spirit became mine. As this day unfolds, I embrace all He has for me. I face this day with the anticipation of His guidance, and also with the promise of His strength. I wish to be renewed in my mind and open to everything He desires to pour into my life. Like a sponge, I want to absorb Him so that I might grow spiritually mature in my understanding of His grace.

Without the spiritual understanding of His grace, my life has little faith to believe in His truth. At the mercy of my feelings and emotions, I will be like a ship on the sea with no anchor to hold it securely. Subject to every circumstance that arises, I will find myself tossed in the storms of life with no lasting peace. My mind will become so self-absorbed that worry and fear claim me. My ears will become attuned to the accuser's voice instead of the encouraging voice of the Holy Spirit. However, if I learn Jesus’s truth about my identity in Him, and if I allow that truth to mold my thoughts, I will be renewed by the mind of Christ. I will know I am changed from the inside out.

The Word of God transforms my understanding and shapes me with its truth. When I know who I am in Jesus, the Holy Spirit rescues me from a natural mindset and gives me the spiritual revelation to believe His Word. My mind is changed by His grace. I understand each lesson He teaches, and I grow daily in His grace. His peace anchors me safely through the storms that come. His joy springs up like a fountain offering a fresh perspective. I trust His power to carry me above any circumstance or temptation. God brings out His best in me. 

The Holy Spirit is the potter, and I am the clay He shapes. If I allow Him to develop spiritual maturity in me, I will readily recognize His will, and with overflowing joy, respond in His power and not my own strength. My life is His to create and transform to His desire. Praise God I am not my own! I am His!

© 2019 Lynn Lacher

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