Transformation vs. Conformation – Resurrection of Dead Dreams – July 14 Devotions
Our Tuesday morning in Maine is starting off cooler, only 57 degrees at the moment, and the weather forecast says sunny with temps in the 60s to 70s. So hopefully that will mean less humidity! I don’t mind bright, sunny, warm days…but I can do without the hot and humid weather!
Here are your Tuesday devotions — have a nice day and be blessed! 🙂
“God’s will for you is transformation, which takes place from the inside out…not conformation, which is someone’s external, superficial idea of what you should be; nor your own efforts to conform to their ideas, expectations, and demands.
Most people think you should do what they are doing–that you should be a part of their plans. This is wonderful if God agrees, but when God says no, we must say no also.
In this quiet moment, determine that you will not be conformed to the wishes of your friends and relatives, but that you will be transformed and led by the Spirit of God.”
–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”
“Isn’t it interesting that sometimes when you ask God for something, He lets it go so long, the only thing that can possibly produce what you asked for, is a miracle?
Why does God do that? Because He likes to ‘show Himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are blameless toward Him’ (2 Chronicles 16:9).
If something is dead–a dream, a desire, a want, a need–it doesn’t matter to God how dead it is. God can still bring it back to life in His timing because our God is an awesome God. Nothing is too hard for Him.
That is why He is never in a hurry and why it seems as if He often waits until nothing will work but a miracle.”
–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”
-1- This is such an important differentiation. Allow God to change us from the inside, rather than cave in and make changes because of pressure from other people–or even from our own self-imposed pressure of what we THINK we’re supposed to do or be, based on wanting to please other people.
-2- Obviously this is where patience and trust enter the picture. The more time that goes by, the easier it is to get discouraged and feel hopeless about ever achieving certain goals or seeing dreams fulfilled. I know there have been times when I thought the little flicker of hope was about to go out, and suddenly, out of the blue, the miracle happened!
So what are YOUR thoughts?
-1- Have you experienced pressure to conform to the wishes of other people? Do you like the idea of transformation instead?
-2- Have you given up on any special dreams? Is there still a flicker of hope left to trust God for a miracle? I’ll agree with you in prayer!