Grow | Devotion #6: Changes
Larry Gabbara | Financial Bookkeeper
“But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” Psalm 73:28
Are you growing in the Lord? As we mature in our walk with God, we should be growing. There should be a noticeable change in our character, our relationships, in our personal lives, and our work life. The changes should be able to be seen in all aspects of who we are.
Ephesians 6:10-11 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
Now, this is not the easiest thing to do. The devil is always attacking us where we are the weakest. He knows where we are the most vulnerable. We have to put on the whole armor of God every day to be protected.
Growth in the Lord should be a natural progression in our Christian life. However, we will always have to deal with the obstacles of the world.
Our experiences can draw us closer to the Lord. The Lord used the prison ministry, a place I was not familiar or comfortable with, to stretch my faith and trust in Him.
In September 2017, I was asked to go with the men on a prison trip to Lorain and Grafton Correctional in Ohio. I was extremely nervous; I had not done anything like that before. What made me most nervous was knowing I would have to talk one-on-one to guys in prison about Jesus. I felt like I was not qualified to do that, but through spending time in prayer talking to Jesus, I got up the nerve to approach a guy. When I started to speak to him, I almost started to cry because I was so moved. Remembering that I was in a prison yard in Ohio with around 200-300 inmates, I caught myself and regained my composure. I was then able to tell him about how the Lord changed me from a sinner going down a wicked path to a child of God. That God could do the same for him.
That experience was a huge part of my growing in the Lord. I want to resemble a man that is drawing closer to God daily. It is never too late to seek the Lord and ask Him to help you make changes in your life.
In 2 Peter 3:18, we read, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
Whether you have been a Christian for a short time or most of your life, you must choose to grow with the Lord. Change of any kind requires the repetition of forming habits to make a change in our ways. Change can come in our prayer life, through Bible study, keeping our mind and heart directed towards God, fellowship with like-minded people, and attending Church gatherings. Building an intimate relationship with Jesus is important to all of us. Our growth should be a reflection of what God is doing in our lives and draw us nearer to Him.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”