30May

the process of growing in Christ

The Author and Finisher of Our Faith

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and has set down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2

By Tami Heim

Spiritual transformation is a process where surrender and sanctification bring about passion, purpose, and action. You understand who you are, why you’re here, what’s going on in the world, and how you fit into it. Divinely ordered, this holy sequence is intentionally directed and mapped out for eternity.

Here’s how it unfolds….

You decide.

You commit to follow Jesus and the life-altering work of the Holy Spirit begins. The combination of your resolve and His indwelling sparks a massive recalibration of your desires and destiny.

Life changes.

Strongholds from the past begin to fall away, healing is activated, and you discover a purpose for being, knowing, loving, and serving. You observe the world as God does and you feel deeply the heartbreak for the things that break His heart. You abide in Him and your path becomes clear.

People react.

Some find the change in you disturbing and uncomfortable. You are NOT what you ‘use’ to be and somehow the new you doesn’t quite ‘fit’ anymore. If pressed, there are those that would say your behavior embarrasses them.

Then there’re those that remain silent and sit on the sidelines– not sure, but certainly curious. They give you a nod now and then; just to let you know they’re still there – observing closely this new you.

And finally, there are your brothers and sisteres in the faith. They know your passion, and you feel them right there with you.

All people react in one way or another to you and how you live out your faith.  Regardless of their reaction, God uses all of it as part of His master plan.

Love compels.

Life never becomes miraculously easy. Resolve is tested and trials ensue, but His love compels you to keep on going. With a heart fixed on the goal, you no longer ignore the need or the hurt that exists in the dark places. In your own brokenness and with His refining, you become His hands and feet.  His priorities are yours and nothing else matters. You whole-heartedly pursue faithfulness, obedience, more of Him, and less of you.

God moves.

Nothing is wasted. Even when the enemy tries to convince you that your imperfections inhibit His purpose, God manifests His presence in and through you-each and every day. All things work together for good. Whether it’s online or face-to-face, His influence is alive and being perfected in you. He comes to you. He moves through you. He finishes what He starts.

As you grow in Him – you become like Him.

What’s the typical reaction you get from others when they see you living out your faith?  What’s been the toughtest part of it? What’s brought you the most joy?

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  • http://www.tonyjalicea.com Tony Alicea

    Most people are encouraged by the way I live out my faith. Mostly because I don’t come from a “holier than thou” perspective. My life is my testimony and it usually speaks louder than my words. So then when I share about what God has taught me, it carries weight because people see the fruit in my life.

    The toughest part, unfortunately, can be with other believers. When people are easily offended, it makes it difficult to be real, vulnerable and speak truth. There’s always hope though!

    The most joy is seeing a life transformed. When God uses me to share my story with others and it encourages them and becomes a  catalyst for hope in their life…I am ecstatic. I know that the things I’ve gone through weren’t just for God to show how much He loves me (although He has in a huge way), it’s for me to give that gift to others. That’s been my growth process.

  • Tami Heim

    I find that same thing in my life, too, Tony. People do seem to be more encouraged than not. It’s so true that what we do is heard more clearly than what we say. When we live it and people see it, they’re often eager for us to speak it.
     
    Yes – there’s always hope. Having an open heart is a decision not our natural a state of being. To live in a place where you’re never offended is a pretty good indicator you’ve also arrived at ‘none of me and all of Him.” He gives all the grace we need to get there – we just need to recieve it and get there!
     
    There’s no greater miracle than a transformed life. I hold dearly how many people made a decision to follow Jesus after they saw how He COMPLETELY changed my father’s life. Nothing – nothing is beyond His grace. Praise God for every chance we get to be part of the process of Christ going and growing in others – while He is still going and growing in us! Bless you for sharing and returning your story as a gift to be used to bring Life to others.

  • Tami Heim

    I find that same thing in my life, too, Tony. People do seem to be more encouraged than not. It’s so true that what we do is heard more clearly than what we say. When we live it and people see it, they’re often eager for us to speak it.
     
    Yes – there’s always hope. Having an open heart is a decision not our natural a state of being. To live in a place where you’re never offended is a pretty good indicator you’ve also arrived at ‘none of me and all of Him.” He gives all the grace we need to get there – we just need to recieve it and get there!
     
    There’s no greater miracle than a transformed life. I hold dearly how many people made a decision to follow Jesus after they saw how He COMPLETELY changed my father’s life. Nothing – nothing is beyond His grace. Praise God for every chance we get to be part of the process of Christ going and growing in others – while He is still going and growing in us! Bless you for sharing and returning your story as a gift to be used to bring Life to others.

  • Tami Heim

    I find that same thing in my life, too, Tony. People do seem to be more encouraged than not. It’s so true that what we do is heard more clearly than what we say. When we live it and people see it, they’re often eager for us to speak it.
     
    Yes – there’s always hope. Having an open heart is a decision not our natural a state of being. To live in a place where you’re never offended is a pretty good indicator you’ve also arrived at ‘none of me and all of Him.” He gives all the grace we need to get there – we just need to recieve it and get there!
     
    There’s no greater miracle than a transformed life. I hold dearly how many people made a decision to follow Jesus after they saw how He COMPLETELY changed my father’s life. Nothing – nothing is beyond His grace. Praise God for every chance we get to be part of the process of Christ going and growing in others – while He is still going and growing in us! Bless you for sharing and returning your story as a gift to be used to bring Life to others.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cindy-St-Germain-Kelly/100000424149398 Cindy St Germain Kelly

    GOOD MESSAGE

  • Tami Heim

    Thanks Cindy – sometimes it’s just helpful to remember how it works and where we are in it! Truly grateful He never leaves anything undone.