Hello everyone, I pray that you are having a fabulous February! The theme for the month of February is "Transformation." January was a great month dealing with Pursuing Purpose, but as we continue in this new year, we have to be willing to transform. There are some ways that we have had for many years that we are tired of and there are areas in our life that we need to build upon: patience, mercy, love, self-control, and many others. We are not perfect, but we serve a perfect God. Everyday that we live, we have an opportunity to grow and mature in various areas of our lives. Our shortcoming and limitations do not disqualify us from purpose; instead, they help position us to come before God seeking his direction, guidance, and hope. This month, be open to transformation. Pray and ask God what areas you need to change and what areas you need him to build in you. Our first topic for this month is "Perfectly, Imperfect."
God gave me this saying years ago. It has stuck with me. At first glance, you would think it was something awful. However, understanding that we are imperfect is good. The only one who is perfect is God. The more we see who we are; the more we realize how much we really need him. As we grow up we learn to love what society deems as flaws or imperfections. Society and entertainment says that a certain body size is beautiful or certain facial features make you beautiful, but overtime you work to learn to love or appreciate that you are different. There was a point in my life where I hated my voice, my lips, and my size whether I was too small or too large. I looked at myself through the lens of the world, and I was unhappy. Then in school, I wanted to do well, and when I fell short f the A, I believed that I was not as smart as others. The educational system had standards that showed if you were average, advanced, or below average. Nevertheless, I learned to love how God made me, and I learned to understand that with hard work in school, I could accomplish anything. What effects have society or other everyday standards had on the way you see yourself? Have you overcome those areas where the enemy desires for you to have low self-esteem because he lies and says that you don't measure up? This is a part of transformation because transformation happens in the mind. Psalm 139:23-24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Now, I want to go deeper.
It is due to comparisons, difficult life experiences (divorce, abuse, bullying, homelessness, poverty), low self-esteem, and other challenging times in one's life that often builds who we are for the good or the bad. These things can cause us to be angry, shy, depressed, bitter, pleasure seekers, mean, fragile, goofy, or something else as we attempt to maneuver around the pain, fear, and doubt about who we are or desire to be. Eventually, we begin to identify those vices. They can be hard to shake even though we know they are present. There is a desire to be better, but the habits of the past are hard to break. So, what do you do to transform?
Transform- make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of.
The only way we can truly transform is through God and with the help of the Holy Spirit. It will be a process of applying God's word to your heart and your life.
Principles to Live By as you seek Transformation:
1. You must understand that when you yield yourself over to God, you can be transformed. As you grow in God, his word shows how to live. You are not bound by your past mistakes, your past cycles, or your past choices. You can wake up everyday and ask God to help you to build new habits and empower you to resit the pull to continue in old ones.
2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come!"
2. No Matter how many times you mess up, God will give you another chance. God will continue to work with you as long as you desire to change. He will be there, so you can reach your place of purpose and destiny.
Philippians 1:6, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
3. Seek God for Truth. Look at yourself through the lens of Him and His Word and not Society or Entertainment.
Romans 12:2, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."
Transformation is possible with God. It is time for a transformation. As God positions you to walk into the destiny that he has designed uniquely for you, it is important that you transform. You do not want God to elevate you and people see all the vices that God wanted to rid you of before you went to your next level. Also, you don't want God to say that it is not time for you to move to the next level because there are things that you still need to be free from and other things you still need to learn. Learn what God intends for you to learn now. Pray and seek Him for areas in your life where improvement is needed and necessary. Your transformation will be a testimony for someone else's transformation to begin.
We are not perfect, but we serve a perfect God. Allow him to perfect you. Allow him to heal, deliver, and strengthen you in areas that have negatively impacted who you are, so you can be what he has destined you to be. He is your father, and He will take care of you. He will fight for you. He will make you secure in who you are. He will advance your career. He will open doors and provide resources for you. He will rescue you out of depression, bitterness, and anger. I know this because he has done it in my life. You are Mighty because the Mighty One is in and with you! Start New!