Monday, 6 October 2014

Transformation through words

Recently, God has been stirring my heart and causing me to think about the way in which we think about stuff that happens, people and our feelings. I reckon it is common to think that sometimes it is easier to do or say things to honour God but when it comes to the thinking, that is often far more difficult. People can't see our thoughts and they are much easier to hide and pretend like they never happened in the first place. Thoughts can be beautiful but also destructive, uplifting but nagging. They can sometimes be controlled but often out of reach.

Do I think in a way that honours God?  

A lot of our battles and struggles come from the way we view things, think about them and think about them even more. Often spending more time soaking in our own thoughts than in His powerful and transforming word. Only His word has the power to shape us into becoming more Christ-like and the truths from His word can completely set us free from the lies and thoughts we feed ourselves with. I want my life to reflect that 'freeness'.

There are many different areas of life that we want to honour God more in, right? In fact, all of them. When I became a Christian, God changed my heart to want to glorify Him in all I do and since then reminds me that this is what is important to me. Not because of me but because of Him. My thoughts constantly fail God, my words and my actions too. But through looking at who God is and focusing in on Him, it is impossible not to love Him and want to be transformed.
I think there are a few different ways to try and see more of this in our lives.

Firstly by getting stuck into His word, learning more about Him and soaking in it.

In Ephesians 5v1-2 It says this... 'Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.'

I want that. I want to be able to show people who Jesus is and how incredible the love of God is by walking in His love because He has loved us first. To have an aroma of Christ.

 Secondly, by allowing God to transform us.

Romans 12v2
‘And do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and pleasing and perfect.’

So to allow God to transform us - starting with our minds, what we think, what we spend time dwelling on – all of which is affecting what we say and do and where our hearts are. But this is also a choice – a choice of allowing a transformation by the love of Jesus. We can allow this to happen but we can also close ourselves off to this. Choosing to have Christ in us in everything about us, not just what we do.
His love never changes but it has the power to change us.

Finally, by being assured by what is to come.

1 John 3:2-3
‘Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.’
The assurance that we are all a work in progress and one day we will be like Him, that what we are now isn’t what we will be.

I’m learning to be open and vulnerable before God to allow Him and the truth that He speaks to transform me, starting with my heart and mind, to live in freedom. To not just let His truth wash over me but to sink into my being, to let what is said really transform the way I think.

Nai x

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