Mold me each day, Lord, into what You would have me to be.

Mold me each day, Lord, into what You would have me to be.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Being Molded Daily...

I just want to share something today that I read off of my Battlefield of the Mind calendar that sits on my desk. I have a calendar in the kitchen that I write things on, and it shows the entire month, so I use it most of the time. Therefore, my Joyce Meyer calendar sits on my desk and end up having to read to catch up because I don't use it as much.

What is always so amazing to me is that when I go to catch up, or even when I sit down and read the right devotion for a particular day, it is always so timely. That can't just happen to me, does it happen for you too? Doesn't it seem like God has something special for us to read, whether it is on someone's blog or on a calendar, maybe on TV or in a book, and most especially - in his Word?

Well, I just wanted to share one day of what I read tonight. It is actually tomorrow's devotion, but I wanted to read it anyway. God was really speaking to me through this and I wanted to soak up all I could...

"Tuesday - July 15

You are changing for the better. Every day you're growing spiritually. God has a plan for your life. These are the truths you must think on. This is what you are supposed to be doing with your mind! Think deliberately according to the Word of God; don't just think whatever falls into your head. Rebuke the devil and start going forward by thinking right thoughts."

"He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ (right up to the time of His return), developing (that good work) and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you. Philippians 1:6"

Man, that is good stuff. We are constantly being molded into His image. He will continue the good work he began in us until it is brought to completion - to perfection.

As you think about your day, maybe you made mistakes (I sure do!), and maybe you did some things you're proud of and some things you're not. Maybe you were snide with your spouse and had a bad attitude, knowing it wasn't right, but chose to ignore it. Maybe you acted ugly to someone who cut you off in traffic. Maybe you were short with someone on the phone who was only doing their job. Maybe you were hasty with your children and punished unjustly or spoke unkindly. I've done these things, I'm not perfect. But I'm working towards perfection.

Instead of beating ourselves up over our faults and wallowing in our own unworthiness, let's remember the sacrifice Jesus became on the cross so that we could be worthy through Him. Let's not abuse his grace, but let's treat it with the value it deserves. It is by grace that we are saved, and nothing else. Our works CANNOT save us. What we are to do is read God's Word, seek His face, hold tightly to His hand, and do our best to become more like Him each and every day. He will take care of the rest. He will mold us into a beautiful vessel. He already knows what our finished product will look like. We see flaws and scars, but God sees a beautiful and unique creation.


Michelle said...

Hey Chick! It looks like things are looking up for you already! LOL
I also have those moments with God. He is SO good April!
Love ya!

Michelle said...

Oh and by the way, I LOVE your new look on here!

Anonymous said...

April, what a wonderful post! I'm going to link to you if that's ok. I love it when my daily reading or Christian book I'm reading or whatever is absolutely's so great when the Lord speaks so directly to us like that. And yes, grace is the matter how hard we's all about His grace.

Thank you for this post, it really spoke to me today.

Love, Tina :)

April said...

Thank you so much for your kind comments.

Michelle, I couldn't take the black page anymore, it was just too dark for me! LOL!

Tina, You are welcome to link to my posts anytime. Thank you for sharing that this really spoke to you, it means so much to me!

God is SOOO GOOD!!! Love ya'll! :0)

Dianne said...

Hi April, Thanks for visiting my site the other day. I also have been reading your comments on various sites and I know that you are a friend of Michelle's. Don't know why I have not come here sooner. Just lack of time, I guess.

I love your post today and I too have experienced those times when God just seems to speak out of his word or out of The Daily Bread which I read daily. I am always so surprised when something I read seems to match just what I am going though or just what I need for that moment.

Thanks for this post and I will return.


April said...

I totally understand about the lack of time! I keep finding more and more blogs to read and I only have so much time! I'm so glad that you took the time to come and visit here though!

I love the Daily Bread devotions. I used to get that each quarter at our old church, but I don't get it anymore. God always knows what we need and right when we need it, and it seems like he uses devotions such as this to speak to me MANY times!

I hope you have a wonderful day Dianne!
April :0)

Tracy said...

I found this via Tina's blog. It was just what I needed to hear this morning. Yesterday I was thinking about some changes I need to make.

Think deliberately according to the Word of God; don't just think whatever falls into your head.

This says it all for me today. I need to rebuke the Devil and live victoriously!

April said...

Thank you Tracy for coming to visit my blog, I hope you will come often! I'm glad that this was just what you needed to hear, it was certainly what I needed too, and I just had to share it.

April :0)

Shauna Okongo said...

you have blessed me today. thank you for sharing that, and thanks for visiting my blog. it's great to meet you. i would love to know more about what you are writing (book?). i noticed it on a different post. until next time, grace and peace to you!

Elizabethd said...

What a lovely reading, found through Terri. I found so much to think about in many of your posts, thank you.

April said...

Shauna, thank you for your kind words and thank you so much for coming to visit! I'm glad you are feeling better too!

The book I'm writing is christian fiction. I think I'm making pretty good progress with it, but I still have a long way to go with it. I'm only on the fourth chapter at this point!

I hope you're trip is going well!
April :0)

April said...

Elizabeth, I'm so glad that some of my posts were just what you needed. Thank you for coming to visit and for your encouraging words.

God bless,
April :0)