There are a lot of things I can do now that I couldn’t do before. There are things I would have never dreamed of being able to do before but now they are second nature. God has changed me and He keeps changing me as I lean on Him and I rely on Him. His Word is a lamp unto my feet and it is showing me the way. It is molding me, sharpening me and teaching me. God and His Word have revolutionized my life in ways that are just out of this world. Looking back I can see the hand of God in my life and I am experiencing the fruit of this labor of love. I worked at becoming who I am now but the deeper truth is that the Lord is doing a good work in me. He is the change in me. He is the shift in my thinking. He is the alteration in my heart that gives me hope. My heart used to be filled with fear until He altered it and He became the anchor of my heart. I can’t believe all that the Lord has done and all that He is doing but as I get to know Him better, it all makes sense. God works in us when we let Him in and the work is amazing. He gives us the ability to be more like Him and to grow beautifully. Today I want to encourage you to give God control of the areas of your life that you have been holding on to. The change and the growth come when we let go and we let God do what He does best.
Many people are trying to improve their lives by focusing on self-improvement and they search high and low for places where they can find the power to change. They want to change for the better and they are ready to try anything. I have always been interested in self-improvement and I have missed the mark many times. My problem was that I was trying to be someone the Lord didn’t want me to be. I was trying hard to be more like the world and to fit into the world’s expectations. There was a lot of inner work going on and it put distance between me and God but it got me closer to that “worldly ideal” that didn’t help me. I felt empty and I didn’t enjoy myself. I had known God for some time and I discovered that I didn’t need more of the world in me; I needed more of Jesus in me. I turned to the Word of God. A friend had suggested that I went back to the basics of my faith and it started with the Word of God. As the world became a bigger part of my life, so did the Lord. His presence in me made a difference. He became the difference. He was the light that others could see. I didn’t do it so people could see me glowing. I did it so that people could see Him shining.
God does a good work in us when His Word is in our hearts. When we allow His Word to influence our thinking, something pretty miraculous happens. The seed of the Word of truth is planted in our minds and our faith gets stronger. The work of the Word of God in us is a work that is ongoing and that we shouldn’t ignore. The Word of God will never do anything in our lives if we leave our Bible on a shelf and we never open it. The Spirit of God can bring back verses to our minds and remind us of what matters but there is a need for continued fellowship with the Word. It has to be part of our family. It shouldn’t be an acquaintance. You will notice that His work is taking place. It is the Lord that is at work in you like the Bible says. His Spirit will open your eyes to what He is preparing in your heart and to how He is restructuring you and blessing you in powerful ways. Believe that He is doing something. Be confident that He who began a good work in your will carry it on to completion. He is not letting you grow alone. He is by your side and helping you along. Marvel at the work of the Lord in you. Enjoy His attention to detail and His love for every part of your life. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 2:10