Joyce Meyer - How Can I Transform My Life?
The greatest transformation, I believe, is what God does in us and how He changes us from what we were when we started to what He wants us to be. And it's a process. It's not something that happens all at once. It doesn't happen instantaneously. It happens over a period of time.
And if you want to enjoy your journey with God, then you will have to be patient and realize that, although you're not yet where you need to be, that God's not mad at you about that, that He loves you every step of the way.
And the main thing I believe that God wants is for us to just keep pressing on and to be making some kind of progress. I don't know about you, but I like progress. I like to know that I'm getting somewhere. Even if it's not everywhere that I would like to be, at least I'm getting somewhere.
So, we tell people and I've been telling 'em for years, you may not be where you wanna be, but thank God you're not where you used to be. Now, listen to me. I wanna encourage you this morning to be excited about the growth that you've had. Don't always just be looking at what you're not, but really get excited and take some time sometimes and think about just the difference in you from when you started with God and where you're at now.
How many of you are a little bit nicer than you used to be? Okay. Thank God. So, the greatest transformation, I believe, is for a person to be selfish, self-centered, self-conscious, self-conceited, self-confident, self-absorbed, and be turned into a Christ-like, unselfish, child of God who walks in love.
That's our goal, walking in love. Not the world kind of love that we turn on and off dependent on what people do, but the agape of God, the kind of love that just loves because that's what it is.
A good thing to pray is, "God, reduce me to love. Let me be a body wholly filled and flooded with love." The greatest commandment is, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and all your strength, and you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself."
I think the Bible's a book largely about relationships. It's about our relationship with God, our relationship with people, but it's also a lot about our relationship with ourself. And I don't know if you've noticed it yet or not, but a lot of the Bible talks about the way God wants us to see ourselves and the attitude that He wants us to have toward ourself.
God actually wants you to love yourself, not in a selfish, self-centered way, but in a balanced, healthy way. He wants you to not be against yourself all the time and constantly finding everything that's wrong with you, but He wants you to see what He has created you to be, and that although you've not arrived, you are on your way. So, I think, to experience this kind of transformation, one of the things and the first thing that we need to do is we need to learn who we are in Christ.