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Yesterday, I talked about the challenge of living through the pain of change.

There are some days when living the change seems daunting. Overwhelming.

Like it just.can’t.be.done.

Ever feel that way? Yeah, I thought you did. Me too.

Thankfully — and I do mean thankfully — the Lord makes provision for days like this —

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

~~ 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

His divine power. He’s given it to us. And in His power is everything we need.

To live life. That means even a life that includes seasons of change. We have His power to live through it. Not just get through it as though it were some gut wrenching experience (although at times it feels as though it is) but to live, really live through it.

To have joy in the midst of difficulty.

To laugh in spite of hard moments.

To feel centered in the face of unsettledness.

To have meaningful moments with people who are close and dear.

To really live.

I’m so grateful for this power. Grateful that He gives it. Grateful that it’s mine. Grateful that I can have more of it by knowing Him more. Grateful.

What do you need power for these days? Know that you already have it. It’s yours. He’s given it to you.

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It’s hard to let go of the world you know and exchange it for something different. Even if the exchange is for something better. Change is hard. Moving from the known to the unknown is challenging.

Most people are creatures of habit. We like the consistency routine brings, the comfort the repetitive motion of day to day living provides. Even if the consistency and comfort we are living in are not the most beneficial, or particularly healthy. Bad life patterns, unhealthy ways of thinking, less-than-edifying relationships might be hindering us from living the full, rich life the Lord offers us.

Life might be hell but it’s the hell we know so we stick with what we know rather than risk and exchange it for an unknown future.

The last few years have been a time of extraordinary change for me. It hasn’t always been easy. My world has been turned upside down in a lot of ways. More than once, I’ve commented to friends that the Lord seemed to have had a good grip on the snow globe of my world and was giving it a good shake. The snow in my little dome is settling in new places. My world has started to look different. It’s been an incredible challenge to let go of my known world and step out to embrace what the Lord was bringing into being. Especially when I can’t always see where my foot is going to land.

A few truths have encouraged me to let go of the old things and lay hold of the new:

  • The Lord never does things from a distance. He’s up close and personal when He’s moving in the lives of His children. I’ve had to choose to believe that He is always with me. I don’t have to worry that He’s sending me into the unknown alone.
  • The Lord is never confused or surprised by what’s happening in my life. I’ve had to choose to believe that the circumstances He’s orchestrating are for my good even if I don’t completely understand them. I must trust Him.
  • The Lord has gone ahead of my circumstances and orchestrated them perfectly. I’ve had to choose to believe that if I follow Him and His leading, I will not fall.
  • Most importantly, the Lord’s banner over me is love. I have had to choose to believe that the Lord loves me more than I can comprehend. His love is at the heart of everything He is asking me to leave and everything He’s asking me to embrace.

Leaving what we know is never easy. Embracing what we can’t see or understand is hard. Our loving God knows both of these things. He asks us to trust Him, to believe Him and to move forward, laying hold of what is unknown to us but is fully known to Him.

What change is the Lord working in your life? What truth to you need to embrace so you can lay hold of what the Lord has for you?

The work of change usually takes place in seasons. I think that’s the Lord’s grace upon His creatures. If He forced all the changes He has planned into a one-time event, we would likely collapse from the shock and the pain of it. I’ve often thought of these seasons as a series of surgeries that have to be performed, the next needing to wait until we’ve regained our strength from the last. Each one brings us to a new place of healing, a new level of strength, a new confidence. It’s so important we remember that. That we will be better for having gone through what He’s bringing us through.

Transformation, like healing, requires our participation. Jesus does the work but we do our part.

I had to learn that.

My season of transformation has been active off and on for the last five years or so. It has, at times, been incredibly difficult. During these years, I’ve felt

Weak.

Fearful.

Intimidated.

Insecure.

I felt those things because I was convinced that I couldn’t “do” the life Jesus was calling me to. And the truth is, under my own power, I couldn’t.

But baby step by baby step, Jesus showed me this truth:

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. ~~ 2 Peter 1:3 (NIV)

His quiet but persistent whisper into my heart and mind was that He had given me everything I needed to do the life He has laid out for me.

His divine power makes me powerful and not weak.

Confident and not fearful.

Strong and not intimidated.

Safe and not insecure.

Transformative work always starts in the mind. Be renewed by the transformation of your mind (Romans 12:2, NIV), says the Lord.

During the most difficult of times, when the hard work, the pain, the hurt, seemed the worse, I had to choose to settle my mind on truth, to believe what the Lord said to me…

He had given me His divine power to get through. I may not have felt like it. But it was the truth. I had to choose to believe the truth over the lies. I had to take the lies captive and replace them with something more powerful. His word.

When we choose to believe the truth, to walk in it, it changes the way we behave. When I believe I have His power, I will live in His power. I will be powerful. So will you.

The Lord may have you in a difficult season of change. The circumstances may be incredibly challenging. Ask the Lord for His truth. For a truth you can focus on when situations want to distract you to the point of not being able to do your part. There’s power in His truth. Then allow it to transform your mind so He can continue the work of transforming you.

I’m praying for you…

Nothing_512_512For my daily devotions, I’ve been reading the book of Luke. I’ve always loved the book of Luke. Love the details of Jesus’ life he chose to focus on. And lately, I’m loving Jesus’ parable of the Lost or Prodigal Son. At some point, I’ll write about this entire passage of scripture but for now, I wanted to focus on just one piece of the story that really struck me about the character of God.

Here’s a quick recap of what’s happened. A young man asks his father to give him his share of his inheritance because he’s unhappy. His father agrees and the son takes his money and runs — literally. He leaves home, spends all his cash carelessly and ends up working as pig hand on a farm. He realizes he’s made a huge mistake, that he has offended God and his father and needs to go home and ask to be forgiven. He heads home and before he can even get close to the house, his father runs out ot greet him. And this is where God demonstrates how amazing He is. Luke 15:22-24 shares this:

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

In this story, the father represents the Lord and how He responds to us when we return to Him after having been very far away. He rejoices! He celebrates! He throws a party! And you know what? He does it before we’ve done anything to merit all the hoopla. We’ve done nothing at this point. Nothing to show we’re sorry. Nothing to earn such a party. Nothing that shows Him we’re not ever going to do it again. The only thing that matters to Him is that we are sincerely sorry, that we want to live differently and that we’ve come home. That’s it — nothing else!

When I think about the son in this story, I have to believe that he was left speechless that his dad would throw a party just because he came home. At that point, he had done nothing but cause heartache for himself and his family. But his dad didn’t see it that way. His son was home and that’s what mattered. The Lord is that way, too.

I love that the Lord never makes me prove that I’m worthy of His celebration. The fact that I’ve chosen Him over my sin is enough to make His heart happy. He knows that I will fail in life, that there will be times when my choices won’t please Him. But He’s always ready to welcome me home, to cheer my return to Him. It can be hard to remember that when I need to. But remember it I must. So that if I find myself far away, I won’t worry about proving myself but can focus on pleasing Him.

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I'm Aurora and I'm under transformation! Ever since Jesus Christ took hold of my heart, He's been working on changing me into His image. I'm passionate about growing in my faith and living fully in the freedom Christ paid for me to have. I love hearing about what the Lord is doing in the lives of His people and encouraging them to follow hard after Jesus.

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