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20 April – Work In Progress

We are all a work in progress, and through our relationship with Jesus we are holy, but we are also being made holy.

In the process God promises to never give up on us, and our part is to not give up on ourselves and being open to change and growth.

To change, however, requires a soft heart that is open to correction and God working in us. Rather than life being all about what we want, choosing to have a growth mindset and a desire to respond to God helps us adjust our focus off ourselves and onto Jesus.

I’ve also learnt an important key to transformation is concentrating our gaze upon Jesus; upon who He is, and what He says.

As we behold him and how amazing He is, we are changed to be more like Him. As we listen and respond to His words, we are transformed from glory to glory.

“And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.” (2 Cor 3:18 The Message)

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 NLT)

Today if you want to walk in the fullness of life and lasting transformation then focus your gaze and attention on Jesus.

  1. Look to Jesus first in all your ways.

But seek first God’s Kingdom, and. his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33)

  1. Read and listen to His words and choose every day to follow in His footsteps.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (James 1:22)

  1. Cultivate a soft heart that responds to Jesus and is open to correction and Him speaking to you.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10)

  1. Ask yourself, “What would Jesus do in this situation, and what wouldn’t He do?

“Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers and blessed is the one who trusts the Lord.” (Proverbs 16:20)

“Nearness to God brings likeness to God. The more you see God the more God will be seen in you.” (Charles Spurgeon)

Prayer: Lord, I choose to take my focus off myself and what I want all the time and onto you. As I look to you, I trust that you will continue to work in me. As I see how amazing and beautiful you are, I am changed today. In Jesus name Amen

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