LORD, CHANGE ME!

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The corrective action of the LORD is for our good and His glory! – “A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:” Proverbs 1:5

IF YOU ARE NOT TEACHABLE YOU CANNOT AND WILL NOT LEARN! (PROVERBS 1:5; 15:32)

“The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. 32 He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. 33 The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.” Proverbs 15:31-33 

“Heavenly Father, here I am, I am Yours. You created me for Your purpose and glory in Christ Jesus my Lord. Give me all I need to not only accomplish Your will with joy, but also to be most satisfied with only You than with anything and anyone else. In the name of Jesus I ask!” David Taylor

Beloved of God, IF GOD is doing a work in you, and you are acquiescing, it cannot and will not be stopped!!! “Abide” in Him! (John 15:1-6)

“Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

Not long after I was found and saved by our LORD, a caring friend gave me a small paperback book titled LORD Change Me by Evelyn Christensen. The Bible-based message conveyed in this writing was to alter the rest of my life and eternity.

Summed up, the message of this writing titled LORD Change Me, was that I should seek to change the one person God gave me to change – myself, and cease from the preoccupation of thoughts about who else around me needed change. That is their Maker’s place, not mine.

The root cause of being unteachable is pride.“Too many flying at the mouth and forsaking the place of prayer. Spiritual pride is real. Everyone wants to think they know… I’m learning that I’m an idiot when compared to God. God is all-wise. He’s all I need and all I want and I don’t mind being dumb until he opens my mouth with HIS spirit. God can tell me to sit down and shut up or block my path or dry up my rivers… Just let me be submitted to Him and be found submitted to Him when I die or else I’m a fool.” Jeni

Being preoccupied with the need we personally have to be changed is all-important. God has preordained us to be changed into His image. Being focused on the person who needs the most change – ourselves, will allow for such as we seek the LORD. Only then can He begin to use us to help others (Gal. 6:1-2; 2 Tim. 2:21, etc.).

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29

Change and being conformed into the image of Christ requires a broken and constantly repenting heart and is an essential component for the wise-virgin believer in readiness for the return of the Bridegroom for those who are being washed/purified by His blood and Word (Matt. 25:1-13; Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Jn. 1:7; Rev. 12:11).

Pride, stubbornness and an unteachable heart are the antithesis (total enemy and hindrance) to a healthy and growing life with the LORD.

The pliable heart that has no idols but only desires more of God, is that which facilitates unhindered growth and blessing of life from above.

This message is repeated four times in Scripture; “To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” (Heb. 4:7)

May God grant us now a pliable heart of flesh and take away the stoney places in our hearts. (Ezek. 36:26) Help us LORD.

“O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” Jeremiah 18:6

Natural clay cannot be molded until it is wet. The human heart cannot be made pliable until it is wet with the presence of God the Holy Spirit who will only inhabit the heart postured in humility. (James 4:6-10, etc.)

The LORD promises on numerous occasions that those who hide their sins, instead of relinquishing them, have ceased from growing in the life of God and are in grave danger:

“He that covereth (hides) his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

The life of repenting (turning) from what we currently are and toward the LORD is essential to having God’s glory in us – the glory that transforms our lives into His image (2 Cor. 3:18).

“Refreshing” with the water of His Spirit is promised to those who repent (Acts 3:19). What are we waiting for?! A life with the Savior is one of constant change and transformation which is made possible by regular repentance before the LORD of life. Let’s get used to it saints!

Remember with me that we were created/made in His image, right? (Gen. 1:26-27) And, after the fall of man into sin we are saved through Jesus Christ, and now after being bought back (redeemed), are predestined to be conformed into His image.

“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29

Change can be painful at times, but yields life:

“Now no chastening (corrective change) for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” Hebrews 12:11

“It is because He loves that He does not hesitate to chasten.” FB Meyer

As I read the book LORD Change Me, the Holy Spirit began to change and reconstruct my heart and thought life. The patterns of my heart and mind began to be transformed to realize how utterly in need I truly was (and am). The Holy Ghost and the Biblical message on change began the work of posturing my life for what is important and essential – God and His perpetual change made in my life. We should expect change. We should cry out to the LORD for change – Because it is the will of our God and so needed due to the fact that we are all imperfect and in need of Him who is “the life” (Jer. 17:9; John 14:6).

For the record; Is God changing?

“For I am the LORD, I change not.” Malachi 3:6

He’s perfect already.HERE’S how God works. Is Jesus digging up and cleaning things from the root out of your life? If so, you know you are right in the center of HIS will!!!!! \ o /

GOD will never change. He’s working to change YOU today. Are you complying?

Pour prayerfully over Jeremiah 1:10 and notice the 6 things God does when He’s working in your life! Oh, and notice the order of those things…..

“See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw downto build, and to plant.” Jeremiah 1:10

Are those who are truly seeking Him and love Him changing?

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 3:18

Note here that those who “behold…the glory of the LORD” are “changed” into His “image…from glory to glory.” This informs us that there are levels and stages of change and growth all the way through our walk with the LORD on earth and that these occur as we “behold…the LORD”. Your life is at one place of glory now and there is another one awaiting your being conformed to His image as you seek His face.

A life of repenting of our sins and wrong beliefs is essential to growing in the LORD and into His perfect image. This occurs by the in-depth study of His Word and the Holy Spirit, the Author of the Word. We must behold His face in order to grow and go from one place of glory with Him to the next. “But we all, with open face (transparency) beholding…the Lord, are changed into the same imagefrom glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor. 3:18)

Okay, notice also that the Holy Spirit is the One who does the changing and work that only He can do, as we behold the face of Jesus Christ and seek His change. Note the phrase “as by the Spirit of the Lord” in 2 Corinthians 3:18. Also, see Romans 8:13.

We are “predestinated to be conformed to the image of his Son.” (Rom. 8:29) Work is involved in this process – ours and His.

We should seek and expect change and when praying for others, know that this is His will for all of us. No need to wonder what to pray for ourselves and humbly hope for others. The Word tells us the He wants to conform all of His children to His holy image and this can only be accomplished when we are broken, humble and anticipating His glorious change!

Prayer: Holy Father, I beg You to grant me a teachable and pliable heart! Change me Jesus! Conform me to your precious image and make me an instrument in Your holy hands to bring blessings into the lives of others. I love You Jesus. Thank You for dying on that cross for my sins and thank You Father for raising Your only Begotten Son from the dead! In the name of Jesus I pray and thank You now for changing me now, from the inside out, and for conforming this life to the image of Your Son Father!!! Amen.

By Todd Tomasella

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