[2 Corinthians 3:18]
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
No matter what God allows us to go through, His goal is always to transform us. When Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego went through the fire, God allowed it to happen because He wanted it to transform them and take their faith to that next level. And this summer, I went through my own kind of fire. I was dealing with things I thought I had already dealt with. And though I wanted to be used by God in greater ways, I knew I had to first deal with these thoughts I was having. I knew I had to be refined.
And many would think that my thoughts were harmless--they weren't physically hurting any one. But they were spiritually hurting me, keeping me unclean and apart from God, drawing me further away from His will. And see, the closer you get to God, the more these little sins and temptations bother you because, with them, you can't enter into His presence. And if you've ever experienced the Presence of God, it is unlike any high you ever have or ever will obtain.
So if you're dealing with temptation or sinful thoughts, I want to encourage you today. As my wise mentor told me, this season of your life is showing you how much more you need God. It is these times of feeling a little separated from God that cause us to draw ever nearer to Him.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
A few Sundays ago, I finally had a breakthrough that I so desperately needed. I owe many thanks to the people who were praying for me. During Sunday worship, God told me, "I will never let this--or anything else--come between us. As long as you want Me, I will fight for you." It is this kindness of His that leads us to repentance [Romans 2:4].
And someone else needs to hear this, too. God has and will continue to fight for YOU. Do not give up. Do not shrink back in guilt. PRESS IN. DRAW NEAR. Get prayer, get in His Holy Word. The God of all creation is madly in love with you and He is reaching out to you. Reach back.