A man told of a dream which had a great impact on his life. He dreamed that a man of wondrous beauty and noble bearing approached him. He had never seen such a man and was so impressed that with envy and admiration he asked who the stranger was.
The answer came very clearly:
This is the man God intended YOU to be,
but you refused
and instead, you handled your own life.
The Bible tells me that I was born with a sinful nature, inherited from Adam. I was actually a SLAVE TO SIN, unable of myself to do other than obey my sinful nature.
Romans 1-3 and Ephesians 2:2-3 tell me I was guilty, following the desires of my sinful nature, condemned, without excuse and hopeless to do anything about my condition.
Thankfully, after that dreadful description in Ephesians 2:2-3 come two of the most wonderful words in Scripture . . . “BUT GOD . . .”
Ephesians 2:4-6 CEV
BUT GOD was merciful!
We were DEAD because of our sins,
but God loved us so much that he made us ALIVE with Christ,
and God’s wonderful grace saves you.
God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus,
and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven.
What does God intend me to be?
2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT
anyone who belongs to Christ has become a NEW PERSON.
The old life is gone;
A NEW LIFE HAS BEGUN!
What purpose did God have in mind when He made me a new person?
He called me to Himself. He delivered me from the power of darkness and translated me into His kingdom [Colossians 1:13] He adopted me into His own family [Romans 8:15, Ephesians 1:5] He gave me His abiding presence [Matthew 28:20] and all I need to live victoriously for Him. [Romans 8:37, 1 Corinthians 15:57, James 4:7]
For what purpose?
Ephesians 1:4 NLT
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ
to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
Till we all come . . . to a perfect man,
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
or as the Amplified Bible puts it:
until we arrive at really mature manhood;
the completeness of personality which is
THAN THE STANDARD HEIGHT OF CHRIST’S OWN PERFECTION,
and the completeness found in Him.
Am I the person God INTENDED me to be,
or am I refusing to ALLOW Him to mould me into Christ’s image?
Surely one of the greatest insults I can offer to God is
to NOT REACH the POTENTIAL
HE has PLANNED for me.
What holds us back?
Are we afraid of change?
Afraid of having to give up pleasures?
Afraid of losing our self-indulgence?
Afraid of having our comfort zone disturbed?
COULD we be the loser?
God wants only the VERY BEST for us.
WE CANNOT LOSE!
Since the ONLY person who can STOP me
from being the person God intended me to be
doesn’t that mean that I am setting myself – my own will –
above Him and His will for me? [Just as Lucifer did?]
Only to be what He wants me to be
Every moment of every day
Yielded completely to Jesus alone
Every step of this pilgrim way.
Just to be clay in the Potter’s Hand
Ready to do what His Word commands
Only to be what HE WANTS ME to be
Every moment of every day.
- HARMONY or DISCORD? (meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com)