Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his.Psalm 100:3. NLT
God thought you up. He designed you the way you are on purpose—for HIS purpose.
Remember Saul of Tarsus? His blueprint was of an impassioned, deep-thinking, driven zealot. And that’s what he was—a fanatic who dedicated his life to persecuting followers of Jesus until God stopped him in his tracks on the road to Emmaus. Saul’s change was so profound, God gave him a new name—Paul. He was still an impassioned, brilliant, driven fanatic because that was design God drew for him. However, instead of persecuting others, he dedicated the rest of his life to helping people by proclaiming the gospel message. Saul was a assassin; Paul was a fisher of men.
God doesn’t throw us away—he heals and redeems us. When you ask God into your heart and ask his Spirit to flow through you, you are living in the time of redemption. It’s an ongoing transition, and you don’t have to be afraid that you will change so much that you won’t recognize yourself. Instead, you will become more like his original design for you.
Learning to know yourself and recognize God’s design (as we talked about last week) is the first step . It allows you to recognize the throw away unhealthy habits and expectations, to leave the past behind, and to step into the life God planned for you.
What you are after is truth from the inside out. Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.Psalm 51:6, The Message
Take some time this week to ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize the parts of you that you are hanging onto, and to replace them with the design of God.
- Read 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 in The Message and pray that God will bring healing.
- If you are struggling to understand yourself, read Henry Cloud’s Changes That Heal. Read, discuss, and work through the companion workbook with a trusted friend or counselor.
Pray with me.
Creator God, thank you for my DNA, for the way you designed me even before you formed the world.
Help me to appreciate the traits that you gave me and to redeem them for your purpose. Help me to continue to grow and change throughout my life so that your blueprint will become more evident day by day.
In your son’s name I pray, Amen.