It’s strange, this process called sanctification in Christian life. Does the bulk of healing and deliverance for the new Christian always happen at the moment of salvation (as many believers seem to think, if you judge from their lack of interest in pursuing further healing & deliverance)? Or does the bulk of it happen after that leap of faith is taken? If we imagined the moment of salvation to be like jumping off a cliff, when does the shedding of your old rags, developing gills, and learning how to breathe like, swim like, eat like, think like, and live like a sea creature happen? Especially after having been a land animal your whole life prior? I don’t see how it’d all happen in an instant the moment you jump… I mean, it could, but most of the time, for most folks… I don’t see it as a magical Little Mermaid-esque Ariel mermaid to Ariel human transformation.
In my opinion and experience, learning how to be a sanctified, healed, and delivered follower of Jesus is exactly that – a process of learning how to BE a new creation. You could change everything on the outside (like Ariel suddenly having a human body) but the way of thinking and perceiving, therefore living, will remain mostly the same until change becomes necessary.
I’ve been spending a lot of time researching, reading, and learning perspectives on relationships, identity, self-respect, resilience, health, and boundaries lately. Well, it’s been a few years (try 20+) since I’ve been interested in these topics, but the intensity lately has been… try a minimum 2-3 hours of reading a day 😉 One thing that keeps coming up for me personally is that in order to be where I want to be in life and become all God wants me to be, I need to surrender control, face my fears, embrace change and uncertainty, and this is optional, but ENJOY THE PROCESS 🙂 The ride, the drop, the roller coaster, whatever you want to call it.
In any case, it’s been tough, but I like these quotes that remind me of who I aspire to be – a woman of grace, strength, dignity, and most important, good humor 😀
I have faith that God is moving powerfully in me, in my life, in my relationships, in my communities, and in the world today. He always has been, praise Him (award for longest humanitarian mission in the history of the Universe goes to YHWH, clearly)! I also am developing a desire that I’d like to be set on fire so it becomes a burning desire, to go long and hard after Jesus, to put nothing else before Him, and to daily seek the Abundant Life and New Creation/Kingdom of God reality in my own being and life… and not give up when it gets hard or discouraging.
I will fall and get up, I will keep on going and keep my head up, because the Savior of the World calls me His Beloved and Friend!