Are you longing for a newer, improved version of yourself? Maybe you want to stop being that that angry, bitter, critical woman? Have you’ve had enough with the kind of insecurity and fear that steals your joy? It is time to kick worry to the curb once and for all.
We all have “issues” that make us feel stuck, doubting that we’ll ever really become the woman God most certainly intended. The problem is that our longings don’t lead to lasting change. We’re deceived into thinking transformation happens with a wish and a prayer.
I begged God for years to change me – to take my anger, to make me more confident, to fill me with kindness rather than criticism. Yet, all that praying seemed to amount to nothing until God revealed to me that He was about the business of transforming my thinking in order to change my living. I needed to get my mind into the game. Could that be what God is prompting you to do too?
Lasting transformation depends upon identifying how our thinking informs our living. Romans 12:2 NLT says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.” So if we want to see change, we’ve got to give God access to our minds. That may sound like a quick and easy fix, but it’s actually a process
Step 1: Deal with the Root – Look beyond the fruit of your behavior to find the root. What core beliefs are at the root of your thinking? Are these beliefs consistent with God’s Word? If not, what Truth from Scripture should you believe instead?
Step 2: Ask for Help – If you can’t move beyond the feelings and lies stored up in your heart and mind, talk to a godly friend, mentor, life coach, or counselor. God can and will use His body in a variety of ways to get your thinking to line up with His Word.
Step 3: Study the Truth – How much time do you spend in the Word? Without the plumb line of Scripture as your guide, your thinking will line up with your feelings instead of what the Bible says is true. Consider how you can spend even 5 minutes a day reading Scripture.
This process of transformation is often hard to embrace without a vision for what the outcome might look like! It’s kind of like those rescued Adirondack chairs my husband and I once picked up off the side of the road. I couldn’t imagine the results of the restoration process, but he could.
“Stephen quickly pulled over and popped open our hatchback before I could object. I was mortified to pick up someone’s roadside trash . . . until we got home.
When Stephen pulled those chairs out the car, I could tell they were the real deal—quality-made wooden chairs that simply needed a sanding job and fresh coat of paint. That was the first castoff that made its way into our home. Over the last twenty years, we’ve claimed plenty of others’ trash as our treasures.
With each piece of rescued décor, I’m reminded that God is about the business of redeeming our lives for His purposes. Even if someone else might consider us worthless. Even if we feel like nothing but a throwaway. God is our great Rescuer.
God takes us in any state and re-creates our lives with glorious purpose.
We might feel as if God’s trying to work with the old version of ourselves, but really, through our faith in Christ, it’s as if He starts from scratch.”
Excerpt from Day 32, Brand New, in Unblinded Faith: Gaining Spiritual Sight Through Believing God’s Word.
Yes, God is about the business of making us brand new, but He requires our collaboration – kind of like the way I had to agree with Stephen about bringing the chairs into our home and also being willing to sand them down and repaint them. In the same way, God wants us to yield to the restoration work He wants to accomplish in our lives, which requires stripping down our thinking and putting on a fresh coat of truth.
Ready for that kind of transforming work to mark your life? Unblinded Faith will offer you the encouragement to press on and provide you with a roadmap into the Scriptures so that you can encounter God and the life He has for you in a brand new way.
More about Unblinded Faith
Unshakable Hope, Unblinded Faith
Would you like to have the kind of faith that strengthens your soul? What if you could endure trials with a steady calm and make daily decisions with confidence in God’s purposes?
In Unblinded Faith, Elisa Pulliam invites you to take a holy pause and experience a fresh encounter with God and His Word. This 90-day devotional is filled with thoughtful application of Scripture to help you see God personally and know His love for you.
It is possible to take God at His Word. It is possible to embrace His promises, even when your circumstances challenge your faith. You can experience the fullness of God’s love, kindness, grace, mercy, and wisdom—no matter where you find yourself today. If you crave unshakable hope, it’s time to embrace unblinded faith!
She and her husband, Stephen, strive to savor life together with their four teen through college-age children.