Need a LIFE Makeover?
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Phil. 1:6
“You’ve changed so much!” people started telling me. I knew it was true. I could see the difference in myself. I could feel the difference. In a sense I felt like I was looking in the mirror and seeing a brand new person. A different person, really. Sure, lots of gray hair had come in. Big circles had formed permanently under my eyes. Wrinkles had come. Some anyway. My aging body made itself clearly known. But this wasn’t what people were referring to. They, and I, could see the difference in my countenance, my demeanor, my words, my reactions to things, my quickness to repent before God and to seek forgiveness for when I did wrong. My heart shone for Christ, encouraging, edifying words had begun to pour from my mouth, my writing had become filled with wisdom from the Spirit of God and had taken on a new direction, my interaction with people was vastly different, and when I fell back into my old wicked ways, the Spirit of God led me quickly to clean up what I had messed up. I really had done a tremendously wonderful job changing myself, hadn’t I?
No! I had not! I am reminded of when my beloved Mom who doesn’t yet believe in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ told me long ago that people don’t change once they reach a certain age. I had told her she was wrong. God could do anything. At any age. That was back in the day when I had changed some, but very little in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps she couldn’t see in visible form what I was saying. What I was trying to tell her I have now seen come to pass. In myself. I have not done a tremendously wonderful job changing myself! The Lord God almighty by His Spirit through His Word has done a breathtakingly amazing job in and through me, and continues to do so even as I write this. Day by day, hour by hour, breath by breath. For years, I was horrified by my wrongdoing. I loved the Lord, but no matter how hard I tried to change, I never made it very far in the least. God convicted me I needed to stop trying to do His job. I needed to stop trying in my human flesh (weakness). I needed to learn to die to myself, to renew my mind by studying His Word, and yield to His Spirit as He convicted me, refined me, purged from my heart and life what needed to go, filled me afresh over and again with His Spirit, and taught me to live according to His ways. I am excited to say I am utterly convinced He is not done. He will finish what He started. He is answering my heartfelt cry to turn me into the woman of God He created me to be. Are you ready to change? Give your life utterly to Christ!