Confrontation and Transformation. Two extremely important components to God’s plan in our lives. God always reveals His plans for us to bring us to the place where we are willing to see ourselves for who we are, including all the parts we don’t want to see, so that He can transform us into the image of Jesus and accomplish His purposes through us. Things happen TO me, So that things can happen IN me, so that things can happen THROUGH me.
Our circumstance that each one of us face are tools which God uses to draw out of us the areas in our lives that need to be shown to us, and so that He can change us. If we are unwilling to see ourselves as we are, we won’t change because we won’t see the need to. People all around the world have the same response when confronted with change. “Well I’m a good person…” If we don’t see the need for change, we cannot make the changes necessary, and if we don’t make the changes or allow God to make the changes in us we will miss out on the purpose we were created to fulfill. So God allows circumstances in our lives to draw out of us the things we are often so good at hiding.
There are two things necessary in our lives for this process to accomplish what God desires in us. We each face different circumstances, and many of them can be extremely difficult to deal with, but we all need two things if God is going to be able to use the circumstances to accomplish His purpose.
The first is a humble heart. Without humility we will be unwilling to see the areas of our lives that need to be addressed. Without humility we will be focused completely on getting what we feel we deserve. Humility allows us to see things differently and be willing to set aside our plans and purposes. Humility allows us to be willing to see the need for change and to accept the work of God in our lives, even when we are not always able to comprehend or understand what He is doing. It is a humble heart that will allow God to confront us and change us. Saul was proud and didn’t respond to the dealings of God, but every time God dealt with David he responded with humility and God was able to do amazing things in and through him.
If you think you know better than God you will won’t respond to His work in your life. Denying the changes in your life does not make them any less important or necessary to our growth. Denial is not a river in Egypt. If we insist on denying the reality of our lives we will never see the possibility of our future.
Humility also releases the hand of God in our lives. If we want to struggle and fight on our own God is willing to let us, but He would prefer if we allowed Him to mold and form us. James 4:6 NKJV“God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” God offers us His grace if we are willing to be humble. Grace is “the transforming power of God, doing in you what you cannot do for yourself.” God’s power working in your life, accomplishing God’s plan. Without grace we would all be lost. If we are willing to humble our hearts, God is able to accomplish great things in our lives, and through our lives.
Second we need a close relationship with God. It is our relationship with Jesus that draws us into God’s plan for our lives, and it is what sustains us as we move forward into God’s purposes. It is our relationship with God that allows us to
- feel and be secure in the love and safety of the hands of God regardless of our circumstances
- allow God to deal with us knowing He is doing it for our benefit and not His.
- allow God the freedom to work out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
No relationship = No change
Are we keeping our relationship with God current? Jesus said in John 15:5 NLV “I am the Vine and you are the branches. Get your life from Me. Then I will live in you and you will give much fruit. You can do nothing without Me.” It is our relationship with God that allows His life to flow in us, and it is His life in us that allows the changes to happen.
Every move and promise of God in our lives always leads us to the cross of Calvary.
We always return to face our reality and our choice is whether we take up our cross and follow or turn away to our own path.
- God always brings confrontation for a season to bring transformation for a reason.
- Things happen TO me, So that things can happen IN me, so that things can happen THROUGH me
There is always a divine purpose to the struggles we have.
What will make the difference will be our focus.
Are we looking at our circumstances or the One who will see us through our circumstances. It is a humble heart and a relationship with God that allows us to focus not on the problem but on the one who will see us past the problems.
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God.” Hebrews 12:2 MSG