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May 16

Grace Transforms

Posted on Thursday, May 16, 2013 in Uncategorized

Ruins_mill_city_museumGod transforms. God heals. God restores. God does so in my life and can do so in yours.

Max Lucado wrote, let grace, let God, “so seep into the crusty cracks of your life that everything softens. Then let it, let him, bubble to the surface, like a spring in the Sahara, in words of kindness and deeds of generosity.”

God will change you, my friend.

Jesus’ death is the means to new life for others…suffering is an avenue for God’s life to transform situations.” 1

We come to God as sinners; but He wants to transform our habits, attitudes, and practices into the ways of Jesus: to live, forgive, and love as He did.” 2

“You are a trophy of his kindness, a partaker of his mission. Not perfect by any means but closer to perfection than you’ve ever been. Steadily stronger, gradually better, certainly closer.” 3

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think…inwardly by a complete change of your mind…Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.” 4

Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” 5

God will transform me. God will transform you.

Let me close today’s mysilentscream with the wisdom of my friend pastor Al Schuck.
“We tend to make two errors:

– We over-estimate how much I can change in two-weeks
– We under-estimate how much I can change in a year or two”

God will transform me – God will transform you – but, probably not overnight.

1 – 2 Corinthians 4:13, The Voice
2 – Ephesians 5:1, The Voice
3 – From Grace by Max Lucado
4 – Romans 12:2, NLT & GNT
5 – Romans 12:2, MSG

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