“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” Romans 12:2, ESV.
Whenever you walk into a toy store you might see a plush animal on the shelf with a label that says, “Squeeze Me”. Then you squeeze it and the toy begins to sing, say “Hello”, or spin around joyfully. It’s not afraid of being squeezed. It’s not afraid of being pushed. The toy is not afraid of being tried by you because it has within it a set of programmed responses built into its’ design.
When we surrender our lives to the Lord by receiving Jesus as our Savior, we receive a new design, a new heart and mind of Christ, and a new reborn spirit. Everything about our old self is passed away, and we are made new in Christ! However, it takes time to learn who we are and Who He is in us. It is during this time of learning that the devil comes after us the most because he is seeking to discourage us in our walk with God. He will try you, have someone push you, cause a negative situation to to arise to get you to respond like your old self. He knows you’re on your way to learning who you are and who God is in you, so he develops a plot to discourage you in your faith.
However, as we dig into Scripture and learn who we are in Christ and Who He is in us and as we grow in Him, we can learn to live without fear because we know anything done against us will only cause a Kingdom response. When you know who lives within you and the power you now possess in the Lord, you don’t have to fear being squeezed, pushed and tried. You can rest in knowing, “God lives in me, so try me! The creator of the entire universe knows me by name, so go ahead and squeeze me! The Maker of the heavens and earth gave me life, so push me and I will respond in a way that pleases my God!”
God is after our responses.
He doesn’t just want you to say you know Him, He wants you to show that you know Him. One day you will see the purpose of being squeezed, pushed and tried is to show that God lives in you!
Prayer: Father God, thank You for making me new in Christ. Help me to become fully acquainted with this new life I have in You. Help me to see Who You are in me. Change my responses. Help me Lord to not become discouraged when I don’t respond properly to being tried. Thank You that You are working in me. Help me learn how to respond in a way that pleases You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Memorize 2 Corinthians 5:17)