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Transformation Tuesday

Design, God-whispers

I have a confession to make.

I am an absolute sucker for movies that involve the lead character getting a makeover. I am ready for the day my Genovian queen nana will come and say that I’m a princess, so that someone else can come along and fix my wardrobe, my toenails, my hair and my eyebrows.

I think there is a reason why nail, hair, and even eyelashes salon still exist (and keep popping up). We all love a good transformation. Whether it’s chopping our hair off, buying a new mascara, changing our nail colours or getting our eyebrows threaded. Or waxed. I won’t judge.

We all feel good knowing that something about us has changed.

I wish I could tell you that when you accept Jesus into your life, you can assign the work to someone else, and you can just sit back, relax, and wait for Jesus to take you to eternity.

But you can’t.

Jesus can touch your heart.

But guarding your heart is your responsibility.

Hello, Proverbs 4:23.

The Holy Spirit can lead you.

But you have to follow.

The Bible instructs us in Romans 12 to not “conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of [our minds]. Then [we] will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Strict training

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Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last forever, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:24-25)

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.

Every. Single. One.

And if we’re also in a race, we need strict training with a strict diet along a strict exercise plan. Sounds challenging, right?

Our spiritual diet should consist of things: the bread of life and the living water.  Our physical hunger and our spiritual hunger aren’t so different. We have to be careful and remember that the Word of God is not the only thing that we can feed ourselves with. The world offers a lot more appealing junk food than the bread of life. Quick to eat, and easy on the eyes.

Eve fell for the first junk food the world has put on offer. In Genesis 3, it says that she saw that the fruit was “good for food, pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom”

The problem is – “quick and easy” may satisfy, but it will not sustain.

Only God can satisfy and sustain.

Yes, the Word of God is not quick and easy. I know that sometimes it’s too deep or too confusing. But we have our personal coach, our personal trainer, the Holy Spirit to guide, teach, convict, and sanctify us. You can ask questions. You can tell God you have no idea what He’s talking about. He knows the Word, because He is the Word. In other words, He can explain Himself.

He knows best how to reveal Himself to you.

The revelations you have are the revelations you need.

So Joshua

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I’ve noticed something about the book of Joshua. First, his character is the same character I pray my future husband possesses. Second, if you read the book, you’ll see that Joshua’s name only appeared after “God” or “The Lord” was mentioned. Joshua always followed God, literally in the book, and literally in his lifetime. The dynamic of their relationship goes something like this:

God said. So Joshua said this.

God said. So Joshua did that.

God said. So Joshua went there.

God said. So Joshua conquered them.

God said, “March around the city. Bring the ark of the covenant. Shout.”

Shout.

Wait, what?

If I put myself in Joshua’s shoes, my first instinct as a commander trying to take a city would be: Fire. At. Will. Seriously. I can imagine his fear and confusion when he was told to use a tactic he did not expect, a battle plan he probably wasn’t used to.

But because God said, Joshua obeyed.

And because he obeyed, God gave him authority.

I want to see and be part of a generation with a “So Joshua” attitude. A “so I will” and “so I did” attitude simply because “God said.”

God said go and make disciples. So I will.

God said love your enemies. So I will.

God said fight the good fight. So I will.

Hunger Levels

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You know the scene – you are starving. You haven’t done the groceries yet. You feel weak. There is nothing in the fridge, so you grab the MiGoreng, because the challenge now is to cook fast, and eat even faster. When it comes to the level of our spiritual hunger, please never ever let yourself starve, because a starving spirit and soul is never a good thing.

When you’re (physically) starving, you have a tendency to reach for what’s quick and easy. The mentality becomes this: if it’s gonna make me full fast, I’m having it.

We have to be careful with our hunger, because the Word of God is not the only thing that we can feed ourselves with. I will be the first to admit that the world offers a lot more appealing (junk) food than the bread of life. Quick to eat, and easy on the eyes.

Eve fell for the first junk food the world has put on offer.

The problem is – “quick and easy” may satisfy, but it will not sustain.

Only God can satisfy and sustain.

Yes, the Word of God is not quick and easy. I am an absolute bookworm, and I love reading, but I am convinced that parts of my Bible are written in ancient Greek. I am also convinced that after the book of Joshua, the rest of the Old Testament is no longer in English.

You are not alone. Literally. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to guide, teach, convict, and sanctify us. You can ask questions. I used to think that I will bother God with my questions because He’s too busy healing the sick. Why would God, who is so busy doing miracles, take a second to answer my curious mind? I now believe that no teacher wants their student to fail.

Let me put it bluntly: You can tell God you have no idea what He’s talking about.

He knows the Word, because He is the Word.

He can explain Himself.

He knows best how to reveal Himself to you.

Skin-deep

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I have heaps of stretch marks – on the back of my legs, the inside of my thighs, the side of my knees. They are everywhere. Where there is skin, there are stretch marks. I used to have acne too.  I used to cry about these things while playing “All By Myself” in the background.

Okay, the last part was a joke.

But I would be so insecure about these things and I’d do anything and everything to hide them and heal them. I would look at other girls with so much envy in my heart, because their skins looked spotless. (Well, stretch mark-less). I used to think of beauty, value, and worth as something that you can only see on the surface. But they’re not. And I hope that one day, I would be able to teach my own sons and daughters (and sons and daughters of the King), that beauty runs deeper than skin.

That there is beauty that runs far beyond the surface of your skin. And that is the very breath of the Creator who left His own fingerprint when He created you in His image.

You’ve heard this story:

On the first day, God spoke light into existence.

On the second and third day, He created water and land.

And on the fourth and the fifth, He created the rest.

But He didn’t stop there.

The same breath that spoke the galaxy and nature into existence, is the same breath that created His masterpiece, His finest work of art.

You.