Knowing what to do is usually not the problem. Knowing how to go about it is! Our transformation is in the struggle.
Proverbs 19:11 A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.
This verse provides a great example of our struggle to be like Jesus. Wisdom and patience do not come naturally to us. In fact, just the opposite! Realizing that we do not have it in us to be righteous is the first step toward transformation. He imparts His righteousness to us through His Spirit. He teaches us how to put off unrighteousness and folly (worldly thinking and acting) and put on our “new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness (Eph. 4:24).”
What we tend to forget is that His power is working in us. We need to access that power in order to be able to succeed. WAIT! Lest we think that we are part of the Avengers, this power is not a “thing,” but a Person. HE is working in us; HE is working through us. Here are some key verses that are high on my “verses to memorize” list:
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,
Colossians 1:29 To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
The verse that brings me great joy as I struggle with my own transformation is one that lets me know that I am already satisfying to God. We are just having fun working together as I become like Him!
Romans 8:37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
We are more than conquerors–we are SONS!!!
Let’s take great delight and courage from these verses and celebrate today with Him Who works in us.
Philippians 2:13 AMP [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.