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Transformation or Deliverance?
4/18/2013

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Cor. 3:18 (NKJV)

Prayer is a fantastic, mighty weapon of God—one He has fashioned and given unto us so we might be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:18), and so we might conquer any stronghold of Satan (2 Cor. 10:3-4).  We’re told the fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much (James 5:16), and if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him (1 John 5:14-15).                                                                     

If there is one thing we know how to do when praying to God, it would be asking for deliverance.  I’m not just speaking of a prayer of salvation, but all those prayers having to do with asking God to deliver us from something we are experiencing.  

·      It can be the times where we are around people who rub us the wrong way, or flat out annoy us.  

·      It can be those times where we are being held accountable, or we are being challenged to learn something new.

·      It can be those times where God is revealing some character flaw, or habit He wants to remove from our life.

·      It can even be certain times of temptation within our life (cf. 1 Cor. 10:13). 

·      It can be those times of difficulty and pain—emotionally, physically, and even spiritually.

Truth is, it can be any number of things we would not rather experience, and would therefore love for God to either take them away, or deliver us from them.  But what I have found to be true in my life is this—God won’t keep you from what He can perfect you through. 

I have personally found there has been many times where I have prayed for God to change something, or to take something away, only to see these things remain.  I remember getting discouraged as I saw this happening, but I chose to remember how God is faithful, and His promises are true.  I concluded, if God wanted to change the circumstances He could, but He is obviously choosing not to, so there must be something in this trial. 

I truly believe within every trial, there is an opportunity for every one of us to be transformed in our Christian walk.  Many times we are asking God to take away the very things He has allowed into our lives to change and equip us to be more like Christ.  Knowing this, I am learning to accept the things He chooses not to change in my life, and I am even more willing to let Him make changes in me.

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Corinthians 3:18, what are we being transformed into, and who is transforming us?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you asking God to transform you when you face trials, or are you asking for deliverance?

APPLICATION: Let’s ask God to transform us through our difficult times, rather than asking for deliverance from them.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for the difficult times we have faced.  Even though these times can produce great pain and sorrow, we know You have a plan to use them for good (Rom. 8:28), and that You will not allow us to go through more than what we are able to bear (1 Cor. 10:13).   Help us to remember these truths, and to seek Your transformation of our lives when we face these difficult times.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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