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Wow! Another great devotional from Transformed by Rick Warren, especially the underlined parts, which remind me of the following verses. This reminds me that God is responsible for all the good in my family and our country. Happy Tuesday!
“‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17:28
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
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It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Phil 2:13
I am flying up to Connecticut in November for my 20 year high school reunion. I am going to stay with one of my best friends from high school. It turns out both she and I were saved after high school, and we now have much more in common. Now, not only are we friends, but also sisters in Christ.
Last week, she had suggested that we pick one day of the week to fast and pray for our classmates. She believes God will lead her to give her testimony to at least one person. I’m thinking at that time, “Boy is she brave! I’m not doing anything like that! I’ll just stay in her shadow.” Well we have prayed for one week so far, and guess what? God has been telling me what He wants me to do.
Last Saturday evening in my bath, as I was praying, I began to think in my head of what I would say if I did share my testimony with my classmates. Then I felt led to write it down. Somehow now I knew that God did want me to share my testimony, and I felt willing to do it. But I wondered, “How does God want me to share it”? Then I had the thought, “I could e-mail the organizer and ask her”. And my immediate response was, “There’s no way I’m doing that! She’ll think I’m nuts!” J Well then next day, during my afternoon quiet time, I hear in my head the words to write to her in an e-mail, asking her about how I could share my testimony. And somehow now, less than 24 hours later, I was willing to do this, and it sounded like a reasonable idea!
I am really quite amazed at how God can take my unwillingness and fear, and transform me completely into something I am not naturally. How does He do that? Isn’t He amazing?! If we are willing, He will change our very desires and make us want His will. He can make us want to serve and please Him, even when it may have previously seemed terrifying or irrational. I love the way He does that! He is awesome!
And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever–increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Cor. 3:18
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