Archive for the ‘Transformed’ Category


Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Day 234

“In love having predestined us to adoption
as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself”
Ephesians 1:5

We have become God’s children and now call Him Father. “I will receive you, and I will be to you a Father, and you will be to me sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty” [2 Corinthians 6:17-18]. We have a new family relationship with a new nature, new name, and new legal standing.

Our earthly form of adoption does not give us an adequate understanding of what God has accomplished in this adoption. God’s adoption of us as children brings His glorious work to the forefront. It is a demonstration before all of heaven and earth, principalities and powers, of His love, wisdom and greatness. He delivered us from the greatest evil and crowned us with the greatest blessings. His act goes beyond earthly adoption by imparting His Spirit to us and making us acceptable in the Beloved.

Think of it! Because we are His children, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts. He dwells with us. We are in Christ and He is seated at the right hand of His Father where we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places. Our adoption is the highest expression of God’s love.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified”
Romans 8:29-30


Monday, July 19th, 2010

Day 137

“And you shall remember all the way which the Lord
your God has led you in the wilderness these
forty years, that He might humble you”
Deuteronomy 8:2-3

God led His people through a wilderness. Needless to say, the wilderness was a very dry place and not pleasing for comfort. After freeing them of 400 years bondage, you think He would directly take them to their new land. but, He didn’t. And for good reasons, as this scripture further enlightens us. He was testing them to know what was in their hearts.

Wait a minute! God didn’t know what was in their hearts? Far from it. In fact, He not only knew, He wanted them to know. They needed to see themselves and know how corrupt their natures were. And thousands of years later, it’s the same today. God sets us free with His salvation. He takes us out of Egypt, the world. But, there is still the need for Egypt, the world, to be taken out of our hearts. And until we see ourselves for who we really are, we cannot be humble.

This is God’s love for us. Christ said, “Without Me, you can do nothing” [John 15:5b]. He loves us so deeply that He must take us through the wilderness for us to see what is in our hearts. When we come to that place where we can cry out with Isaiah, “Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips” [Isaiah 6:5], then, and only then, can we lean wholly on Him for our sufficiency.

“Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives
by everything that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord”
Deuteronomy 8:3b


Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Day 101

“For those God foreknew He also predestined to
be conformed to the likeness of His Son”
Romans 8:29

Do you know that you are to be conformed to the likeness of Christ Jesus? Christ’s humility in becoming one of us as a servant and becoming the redemptive sacrifice has purchased our salvation and prepared us to be like Him. His love was so immense towards us that He endured the cross and counted it all joy to redeem us [Hebrews 12:2].

Our verse goes on to tell us, “that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Do you realize what this statement means? It is extraordinary! Our glorious Lord and Savior does not consider Himself apart from those whom He came to save. This is emphasized by another verse that says, “Both the One who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers” [Hebrews 2:11].

Our being transformed is God’s work. He conforms us to His likeness. Paul tells us that in beholding the Lord we are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” [2 Corinthians 3:18]. Every day we are increasingly becoming more and more like Him! That’s what salvation is all about. We’ve been redeemed to be part of His family, to share in His divinity and to be like Him.

“Who shall change our vile body, that it may be
fashioned like unto His glorious body
according to the working whereby He
is able to subdue all things unto Himself”
Philippians 3:21


Friday, May 21st, 2010

Day 93

“It is God that girdeth me with strength,
and maketh my way perfect”
Psalm 18:32

There are some verses in the bible that can be difficult to understand. Take for instance Matthew 5:48, part of the Sermon of the Mount, that reads: “Be ye perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Is this really possible? Can you be perfect? Are you perfect? For us to understand this verse, we must understand what ‘perfect’ means. Being ‘perfect’ is our being brought to completion, fully-grown and lacking nothing in Jesus Christ. It is the fullness of maturity.

The fact is that we are called to be perfect, and it is possible for us to become perfect. God does not call us to do anything that is not possible. It is the way in which it is done that brings the revelation of His glory. You and I can not be perfect on our own or by our own strength. Our lives are filled with shortcomings, failures and sin. No matter how hard we try, we can not perfect ourselves. The glory of all this is that He takes us in our ragged condition and makes us His children. Then, as any good Father, He trains and raises us up to be full grown.

David wrote this psalm because he experienced God giving him strength and wisdom in battle. God made his way safe and perfect. David was victorious because of it. And it is the same for us. God’s divine nature is in us. The Holy Spirit is filling us and working His mighty power in our character teaching us to know Him and His will. And the glory is this: “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His purpose” [Philippians 2:13]. Yes, He makes our way perfect!

“By one sacrifice He has made perfect
forever those who are being made holy”
Hebrews 10:14


Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Day 76

“I had heard about You before,
but now I have seen You with my own eyes”
Job 42:5

Seeing God as He is – truly knowing Him – is a life- transforming experience. To see God means to know Him, and to know Him is to experience Him. We can read and understand things about God, but it is only through relationship and deep experiences (usually difficult ones) that we come to this knowledge. Seeing God in His greatness and glory transforms lives.

God does allow His righteous people to undergo suffering. We like to have things run smoothly and to have peace all around us. Travails and difficulties are not welcome, and we see hard times as bad times. But God sees things differently. His purpose is for us to grow, mature and come to the fullness of Christ. And often this involves travail.

God allowed a series of disasters to afflict Job through the agency of Satan. To add to his misery, he had three friends counseling him to abandon his faith in God. It couldn’t have been a worse situation. And then to top it off, God rebuked Job. And God did not explain why Job underwent travail. He didn’t discuss His purpose with Satan. Instead, Job was made aware of his finite nature and how fallible he was. Then God revealed Himself and His sovereignty to Job, and Job saw God through his suffering. He knew God. Should this not be the cry of our hearts – to know Him more fully?

“The Lord gave him twice as much before . . . So
the Lord blessed Job in the second half of his
life even more than in the beginning”
Job 42:10b, 12


Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Day 37

“Set your minds on things above”
Colossians 3:2

We have a powerful tendency to focus on the negative aspects of life and the problems we face. Doing this tends to polarize issues and offers no solutions. Flesh (our nature) sees flesh (Jn 3:6) and is occupied with itself. It cannot think or act according to the Spirit.

Because Christ tells us flesh produces more flesh, and “do not conform anymore to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind,” we are called to have the mind of Christ. In fact, it is the only way we are able “to test and prove the will of God in our lives” (Rom 12:2). And how do we do this? We are to set our hearts (seat of our emotions) and minds (seat of our will) on things above. By making Christ the center of our life, we come to know him, his will and his purposes.

The great transformation of being a new person in Christ is having the mind of Christ. Our attitude changes and becomes his attitude. We see people as He sees them. We see the problems of life and difficulties as issues to walk through and find strength and growth in the character of Jesus Christ. We gain a confidence that in all things God works for the good of us who love him. We see more clearly, gaining wisdom and understanding and are able to walk in the peace and joy of Christ. The best of all, we become conquerors in him.

“In all these things we are more than
conquerors through Him who loved us”
Romans 8:37


Friday, March 12th, 2010

Day 26

“We shall be like Him”
1 John 3:2

One of the great promises and hope we have is the final outcome of our life. Christ, the hope of our glory, reaches all the way to our eternal state. Today we are children of God, and tomorrow there will be a full revelation of what the children of God will be. Today we are to reflect God, tomorrow the fullness and completion of that reflection will be seen for we shall be like Him.

The Son of God humbled Himself by taking on the likeness of man. Subject to temptation, trials and suffering, He demonstrated how to live a life pleasing to the Father. And by lowering Himself He has lifted us up. Through His death and resurrection He made us conquerors with Him. Through His ascension and sitting at the right hand of God, He made the way for our glorification.

When Jesus appears we will be transformed and we shall be like Him, for we shall see God as God is. Because no one has ever seen God except the Son, and the Son makes God known, we shall see God face to face as the Son. He went before us to prepare the way. This is our hope.

“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 Corinthians 3:18