|Posted by Tina kadolph on January 9, 2013 at 12:50 AM|
As we jump into 2013, are you going make resolutions or are you going to be transformed instead? Let me explain my thoughts. You see, resolutions are usually about us and what we want. They are usually self-centered and about what we can do in our own strength, with us putting our commitment and dependence in ourselves. But on the other hand, transformation is Christ-centered. It is about allowing Christ to do His work through us--His will, not ours. It’s not about us but about Him. Transformation comes from the renewing of our minds by submersing ourselves in God's Word. Resolutions are usually about what we want changed on the outside. But transformation is about allowing God to change us on the inside. We surrender our will to the will of God. We allow the Holy Spirit to work through us. So let’s not trust in ourselves but trust in Him.
“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
Let’s allow God to transform us and allow Him to do what's greater through us! We just have to step out and do it. So many times we say we can’t do that or God didn’t gift me with that gift. If you just sit and say you can’t, you will be right - YOU can’t. It’s because you are looking at what you can do in your own strength. For example, if you say “I’m not a writer” and, therefore, you never write, you will be correct. If, on the other hand, you say you can’t write but step out anyways, pray for God to help you write, and you start writing, you can become a writer. This will also show that it was all God and not you. He gets all the glory--not you. I’m not a writer and I’m not good at writing. But God has called me to promote the fight against human trafficking though writing. So, once again, I have stepped out of my comfort zone to be obedient to Him and save the lives of children. I’m relying totally on Him. I may not be good now but maybe one day, with His strength and guidance, I will be. I believe we are going to help save many. We have already rescued two children. I believe what Jesus said to all of us…”Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.'” So I’m stepping out in this New Year to be transformed from the inside out. How about you?
The more we allow the Holy Spirit to be in control, the more we will be transformed into the image of Christ. How cool is that! He transforms us into His image! And isn’t that what we really want? It's not for us to have a resolution to transform us into the image we think we should be, but into the image Christ wants us to be; more of Him, less of us. That’s how we show the world who Jesus is. We become His hands and feet as we are transformed more and more into His image. So this year, don’t make resolutions; instead, be transformed!
"You have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator." ~ Col. 3:10
I want to be more like Him, to care for the hurting, broken, abused, and oppressed and to set the captives free. I know he has set me free and continues to rescue me from the pain and darkness I was once in. Now He has blessed me by letting me be a part of helping to rescue others that he is bringing to us through Love Missions and Dove Designs. He is allowing me to help stop the darkness of Human Trafficking. The only way to decrease darkness is to add light. And we need to be His light to the hurting world. I’m truly thankful to be shedding some light on this darkness!
May God transform you and me and guide us in this New Year to do Greater things for the Kingdom. Take the baby steps and let Him do the Greater thing in you and through you! Happy 2013! If you would like to be a part of this ministry to stop human trafficking, go to www.dovedesigns.net and like us on Facebook. See how you can make a difference. Thank you!