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Transformation or Preservation? by Donna Mitchell

It is interesting to observe the antonym of transformation. I am not surprised – it is preservation. People who are willing to relinquish their old ways of thinking and behaving – who take the Lord at His word, even when it is difficult to do so – are transformed.

To continue to grow, mature, risk, learn, and become who I need to be to accomplish His plans and purposes, I need to be willing to be transformed – changed from the inside out. My natural instinct is to preserve – to hold onto what I have and remain in control. However, when I embrace transformation by co-operating with the Lord, I walk into freedom like a butterfly freed from its cocoon!

It takes whole-hearted trust in the Lord to let go and wait for Him to act on our behalf.  Yesterday I was reading Psalm 28 in the New Living Translation. Overwhelmed and discouraged, I prayed Psalm 28 back to the Lord. I asked Him, “Do not turn a deaf ear to me…Listen to my prayer for mercy as I cry out to You for help, as I lift my hands toward Your holy sanctuary…”

And then…I was surprised by verses 6-9, as the Psalm’s tone changed.

“Praise the LORD! For He has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust Him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. The LORD gives His people strength. He is a safe fortress for His anointed king. Save Your people! Bless Israel, Your special possession. Lead them like a shepherd, and carry them in Your arms forever.”

As I cried out to the LORD and renewed my trust in Him, my heart changed. I asked for His strength and for Him to be my fortress, to lead me like a shepherd. Once again, I realized we honor Him by choosing to trust Him every day. Moment by moment is an opportunity to yield to transformation. Like David, we need to “lift our hands toward [His] holy sanctuary”, open-handed. We must let go and trust Him with all of our hearts!

Questions:

Today, what are you holding onto that prevents you from trusting Him with all of your heart? Pray through Psalm 28 or a passage of your own choosing, and ask the Lord to meet you in a special way today.

Prayer:

“LORD, I choose to praise you like David. Thank You for hearing my cries for help. Thank You for being my strength and shield. I choose to trust You with all of my heart. Thank You for your mercy and help. Thank You for being a safe fortress. LORD, please fill my heart with joy and lead me like a shepherd. Carry me in Your arms forever.”

2009-08-28T08:38:14+00:00 August 28th, 2009|Our Blog|1 Comment

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  1. Theresa Lacousta September 9, 2009 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Thank you Donna for this note of encouragement and your sharing it. Psalm 28 is a great psalm. This morning I woke (a day off from my regular work, and I consciensciously chose to recommit my life to God (allow Him to transform my life, if you will). This email that I opened today was a rel confirmation. Thank you and may the Lord our God refresh you.
    In Christ, Theresa.

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