God uses countermeasures to bring about the change we need and what He desires in us.
Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation – the ‘wind—hovering—over—the—water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life – it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch – the Spirit – and becomes a living spirit.” — John 3:5-6 (MSG)
I have compiled a list of some of the ways God effects change in us. Some of what you will see might cause a “Wow, I could have had a V8” moment.
See if you can recognize just what might be happening to you right this instant . . . the invisible moving through the visible. If you can recognize the workings of the invisible, you can embrace and maximize the opportunity for powerful personal change. However, when this happens, expect more challenges. Life gets easier so that we can catch our breath.
Strength — heavier objects (expect heavier testing, trials, tribulations to improve muscle fiber).
Patience — irritating people, frustrating situations that you cannot escape.
Peace — storms, hurricanes to learn peace is a person who keeps you.
Hope — blackest of nights is when hope is birthed, shines brightest and is most visible.
Obedience — temptation (it never looked so good . . . even if it really ain’t that pretty).
Love — hateful people and circumstances.
Forgiveness — you will be offended . . . several times. Repeated and deeper offenses are the best learning opportunities.
Mercy — when you have TOTALLY screwed up and deserve it, but don’t get it.
Grace — when you get it but don’t deserve it and wonder why you got it.
Change — the cost of real change is death. The deepest chaos precedes overdue change.
Courage — fearful circumstances. Courage is never birthed on level playing fields.
Growth — new challenges, scary opportunities. Fear and growth show up at the same time.
Faith — not just believing, but acting on what you believe. It ain’t faith until you act.
Wisdom — applying what you know. You can’t apply what you don’t know.
Friendship — people with agendas that use you.
Knowledge — listening and learning so that you know. (See wisdom, above).
Prudence — things will look, feel, taste and smell good, but common sense says otherwise.
Discretion — wanting to tell it, but keeping your mouth shut.
Understanding — jacked-up situation that falls completely apart.
Discernment — counterfeits — to deepen your knowledge of what is real. You don’t need to know every counterfeit (e.g., every $100 bill, just knowing the real $100 bill when you see it). We discern three things: our motive, God’s motive, satanic motive.
Temperance — stuff that causes you to QUICKLY lose it (generally, “WHAT!!” is the first word out of your mouth). The rest of the bad words, you try to keep in your head.
Thankfulness — loss, lack, necessity, bare-bones productions until you learn to rejoice in all things and the smallest of things.
Humility — embarrassing situations, stuff falling apart when you really want to impress. When you ain’t trying to impress, you are at your best. If only you could do that when it really mattered.