Becoming Better Than You Were


Have you ever had a really bad week and reacted in ways that discouraged you?  You thought that you had dealt with that anger. You thought that you were reacting more like Jesus, and all of a sudden . . . someone set you off and the “old you” was still there.

Well, I had a day like that last week. Those little annoyances get under the skin and I find myself reacting in anger or defensive tones with people. As I’ve grown in the Lord, it happens less and less, but it still happens. Then our Enemy starts in, “You think you’re such a good Christian. Well, you’re no different than you’ve ever been.”

We ask, “Lord . . . how long till I change and get the victory?”

Those are discouraging times for us.

But Phil. 1:6 says “ . . . he who began a good work in you, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

In another place, Scripture says that we are being transformed “from glory to glory DAILY.” The Lord reminds me that He is not finished with me yet.  I am growing.  I have changed.  And so have you.

As we take off the old self and put on the new, Jesus will manifest Himself in the new self that He has placed in us. Paul said, I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live, yet not I. But Christ lives in me.

Jesus is in the transformation business and you and I are His favorite subjects. He will complete what He has started. And sooner than you think, you (and I) will come forth as gold.

Father, will you please keep us focused on Jesus. Keep us anchored in your character and living out of the new self, created to be like you in true righteousness and holiness. Thank you Father.

©2012, David C Alves

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  2. Good post. God’s not finished yet with any of us and that is very hopeful – yet, we are “complete in Him” – already seated with Christ in heaven. Such a mystery and such an awesome God!

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  3. Thanks for this great devotional. Sometimes God uses our defeats to grow us more than in our victories.

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    1. Yes, He does. Much of my growth came through struggle and defeat.

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  4. Great post. It’s nice to be reminded that we’re pieces of work still yet to be perfected. Honestly, I can’t wait till he comes back and the curse is lifted! Can you imagine that day?

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    1. Thanks. You’re right, we’re on the road to perfection but not there yet. I’m with you looking forward to His return and the sorting out of all things. Yes, I have imagined that day in my book (see sidebar)–“We’re the ‘sons of God’ . . . So What?”

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