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Psalm 22:26 

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Friday
Mar082013

Tools

Charles Stanley suggests that the following are the Lord’s choice tools He uses to shape us into the image of His Son.

Prayer. By talking to the Lord in open dialogue, we develop a relationship with Him. He becomes not just our Savior, but our friend, and as the intimacy grows, so will our passion to be with Him. Setting aside time for prayer each day will become a delight, not a duty.

God's Word. You can't grow in your Christian life if you keep the Bible closed all week long. No one lives on one meal a week, yet many Christians try to get by with just a Sunday dinner of the Word served up by their pastor. How can we expect God's truth to do its transforming work if we never let it into our minds and hearts?

The Church. Christ uses His body of believers as a place for transformation. That's where we rub against each other and have the rough edges of our character smoothed. It is a place of instruction, accountability, and encouragement.

I don’t think we would argue that these are indeed the tools the Lord uses, but I’m afraid we make little effort to allow these tools to serve their intended purpose.  We don’t have time in our day to spend in focused prayer; we just can’t set aside time to spend studying the Word of God; and we always seem to have something better or more pressing to do than to go to church.  We forget that the Lord uses these tools for our good and His glory.  When we are not intentional about spending time in prayer and in the Word and with His people, we don’t allow Christ to do His transforming work but instead allow the world to shape us right into its mold.

Will you be intentional today and committed to allowing the Lord to do His transforming work in your life?

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