“…“Make me into the woman you want me to be,” I wrote the Lord in prayer. “ Change me, grow me, refine me, purify me, conform me to yourself, oh how I need you Lord! Please finish what you started in me. You’ve done so much already, but I need so very much more. Oh help me, Lord! AMEN!”
When we turn from our sins, believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and in His death and resurrection, turning to God and His ways, we receive His forgiveness and the promise of everlasting life, His Holy Spirit comes to live inside us, and we are born again spiritually. The Lord wipes away all our sin and cleanses us and gives us a new beginning. And that is exactly what this is. A new beginning. For the rest of our lives on this earth, we learn to live according to God’s ways for Him instead of according to the world’s ways for self. We are to be led by the Spirit of God, to read the Bible and live by it, and our minds are renewed by His Spirit as we study the Bible and learn to apply it to our lives. The Lord calls us “a new creation”, we are to walk in the “newness of life”, and we undergo a lifelong transformation by God who prepares us for eternity with Him and uses us on this earth to love, serve, and glorify Him and to help build His Kingdom of followers.
I used to greatly resist and rebel against the Lord growing me in His image and conforming me to Himself, but at long last I have surrendered to this vitally important process and am so thankful to the Lord He didn’t leave me where I was nor does He leave me where I am. He is constantly changing and growing me and making me more like Himself and drawing me closer to Himself and using me more and more to bear fruit through me to bring Him joy, honor, and praise and to help others to find and follow Him just as He wants to do the same in us all.
Friend, have you surrendered yourself wholly to Jesus Christ as Lord? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit of God and led by Him? Do you yield yourself to the Lord daily? Do you study the Bible regularly? Are you submitted to the Lordship and sovereignty of Christ and His work in and through you? Or do you have some surrendering to do?
Let us surrender all to the Lord! Let us be totally devoted to Him and His ways! Let us be thankful that even though the refining and growing process comes with its pains and challenges as we must learn to die to self and live for Him, oh how beautiful it is to watch the Lord at work in and through us as He finishes the work He began in us and as we find ourselves closer and closer to the most wonderful beautiful sweet blessed loving powerful amazingly awesome blessing in the universe – THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! AMEN!
Lord, please Lord, grow us all! Don’t let us stay as we are! Cause us to be fully yielded to you, oh Lord! Conform us to yourself, oh God! Help us to be strong in you in the process! Remind us of your amazing love for us even in the times when the growth is so very hard, dear God! Your will be done, oh Lord, AMEN!
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6