Walk With God: Moments

An encounter with God can change everything. From a biblical point of view, an encounter with God can be a name changer moment.

Just ask Jacob. He was alone, waiting to head into an uncertain future, one which he had created through his own scheming, deceit and manipulation. He had lived up to his name.

Now, in the dark, alone, frustrated, anxious, lost, at the end of this own options and probably a little bit fearful too, God shows up.

In a moment, with God, everything changes. As it was for Jacob, so it can be for us. God can show up, in that moment.

A moment of acknowledgement. To stop living independently, working life out own my own, with my best laid plans and have a willingness to give depending on God a chance.

A moment of recognition. To see the power of God is at work in your life and His heart is to want to bless you.

A moment of acceptance. Of the person we think we are, the name we or others may have spoken over us and accepting who God thinks you are. Just as Jacob had to answer ‘What’s your name?’ so do we. Once we accept this, the transformation can happen.

A moment of exchange. Simply this, an old name for a new one.

A moment of wrestling. A stretch in our thinking, why we are here, what life is all about, how we should live and who we should live it for.

Rescued. Restored. Redeemed. Transformed. Delivered. Made whole.

The opportunity for a name-changer moment is always available, ever since Jesus did a complete work for us at the cross. Through that one moment, our moment can come.

From captive to free. From lost to found. From old to new. From guilty to forgiven. From unloved to loved. From weak to strong. From broken to whole. Right there in the moment of change is our story, the beginning of a journey of transformation, into the person who Jesus knows we can become.

How does that make you feel?

A Prayer for Change

I read the verse below this morning and it reminded me about how I need to be changing. That I am supposed to be becoming more like Jesus and it just got me pondering if I am.

I want to. I really want to.
I am afraid though that I may get in the way of that change.

Let’s be honest, we don’t always see it as well in ourselves as we do in others. We are all too quick to see how others definitely need to be transformed but unwilling to notice the need for that change in ourselves.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ NKJV)

Sp my prayer this morning was simply this…to be changed, to be transformed…
– in attitude
– in how I deal with people
– in how I love my wife and my family
– in fulfilling the purposes of God
– in hearing Gods voice
– in being led by Him
– in pursuing Gods purposes and not just my own
– in representing Jesus the best that I can
– in allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way in my life
– in not just knowing that I am filled with the life of Christ but actual living like that’s the most important

I don’t want to fall short in all that could have in my life with Christ as the head. I pray that I will not be so headstrong in pursuing my own dreams that I miss out on all that God has for me. Transform me Lord. Change me. Amen