I need my coffee . . .
I always procrastinate . . .
I see things a certain way . . .
I’m OCD . . .
I’m emotional . . .
I don’t trust people . . .
That’s just the way I am.
Perhaps that’s the way you are, but is that the way you must be?
Yes, God has created each of us uniquely. He builds into our makeup wonderful personalities and a host of natural strengths and giftings. But let’s not confuse God’s good design with our corrupt human nature.
The poor qualities and habits which seek to define us exist only because we’ve let them take residence in us. We’ve shrugged our shoulders, shifted the blame, and turned sin into an achievement. Rather than admit our weaknesses, we’ve proudly worn them as acceptable labels.
May we never settle for identity excuses when growth is possible!
We are his, and he is continually forming us into his likeness. We have been justified, and we are being sanctified. Just check out the Book on your shelf . . .
There, the Lord makes us holy and equips us for holiness. There, our Father calls us his children and instructs us in the way we should go. There, we find truths about ourselves which cause us to boast and truths which cause us to repent.
Though the way of transformation isn’t easy, the Word assures us that we have been transformed and will continue to be transformed as we humbly surrender.
Lord, don’t leave me the way I am, but make me more like you!
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