Isn’t it good to know that even those times when we may feel frustrated with ourselves, and feel we are not where we need to be or, we think God must get really tired of us doing the same things over and over again, that He is not done with us yet. In Philippians 1:6 it says: “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” HE will complete the good work in us! There is no way we can do it on our own. We are also told in Philippians 2:13 “for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.”
Left to our own devices we are told in Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;Who can know it”? We also find several times in Jeremiah and also in Luke 1:51 talking about people who “walk in the imagination of their hearts”. When you look up other translations it says in the stubbornness of their hearts. You get the idea. Even the best of us with the best intentions, without God and the Word we can’t change those things.
So, how does He show us and how does He change us? First, we have to want to change. And we have to be willing to let God show us those areas we need to change and allow Him to change us. Most often this is by the Word of God that we read. At least in my case. You’re just minding your own business reading and you read something that speaks to you in a way you never saw it before. Or perhaps you hear a message at church and you think, oh no that is exactly what I have been doing. There are countless books by Christian authors that also help in these areas. Hebrews 4:12 says: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two–edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The Word is living. He sees our hearts and the things that are lurking there. It is His greatest desire to change us from the inside out to be more like Jesus.
This is a life long journey. None of us is totally changed overnight. Most of us, if not all have many roots that often take years to slowly dig up. Sometimes the very thing we think is not controlling us anymore starts to rear its ugly head again. Perhaps we have bad habits or something that the Lord has been wanting us to let go of a long time ago. Maybe we have tried and again. On our own we seem powerless to do so. But there is good news! Hebrews 4:14-16 says: “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.”
Jesus has already been there. He has been tempted in everything we have been tempted in. He knows us, and what we go through. God is not condemning us because we have not “fixed” ourselves and made everything right. If we fail, we run to the throne of grace and He will help us to get up and start over. God sees us as we will be, not as we see ourselves today. Now that’s some good news!