Saturday, March 15, 2014

God Uses the Bad

Spiritual formation is not a pleasant walk in the park. Maturity of faith and being conformed to the image of Jesus is difficult. It doesn’t magically happen and it isn’t the result of faithful church attendance. 

 Spiritual formation is the result of surrender and discipline. We daily surrender our lives to Jesus and we discipline our lives through study, prayer, fasting, service, community, and worship. Through surrender and discipline we find ourselves on the path of spiritual formation.

Once we are on the path of spiritual formation we discover that numerous obstacles begin to block our way. This makes sense since Satan is opposed to God’s restoration project, and so he will do everything in his power to derail it. That means he will come after you and me.

Satan will throw out the net of fear to keep us from obeying Christ’s call on our lives. Satan will sit the trap of temptation to catch us in sin so we are not free to follow Jesus. Satan will dig the hole of guilt so we will fall in and be overwhelmed with shame rather than living in the grace and forgiveness God has promised in Christ Jesus.

If this is your experience I have good news for you! God uses Satan’s obstacles as opportunities to make us better people! Just as Joseph told his brothers; “As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil” (Genesis 50:20; NLT), we can be certain that God will redeem the bad in our lives to bring about good. God is so powerful that He can turn evil into good!

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