Not a DIY Project!
For as long as I can remember, I have loved DIY projects. I have tackled everything from yarn to macramé to metal, but refinishing accent furniture made from wood is my favorite. To find a vintage item and do a complete makeover or repurpose an item for a different use makes my day. Usually, I can look at an item and receive a creative vision. Yes, I admit that I am addicted to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects.
Without realizing it, I placed myself on the list of DIY projects. I decided to work on the ungodly character trait of impatience, which has always led to frustration and irritability. The steps to getting rid of impatience were carefully written on my dry-erase board. I prayed a prayer of confession and repentance, asking God to help me to change my character defects (yes, I have a couple more) that are displeasing. Even so, I approached spiritual growth as a DIY, with the mindset of, “I can do this, if I try harder!”
The problem: I thought too much of my abilities. Whenever a situation arose that tested my commitment to change, I failed the test by reacting in the same manner. Changing my behavior was much more challenging than I anticipated. Would I ever make progress? After a track record of failures, I prayed and asked God to reveal what I needed to do. God always answers our prayers. In my YouTube feed, a sermon entitled, The Cry of Desperation, provided the answer to my predicament of stunted spiritual growth.
Solution: Stop the behavioral reaction by immediately praying for God’s help to overcome. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13. Not asking for help from my Spiritual Team, God the Father, Jesus His Son, and the Holy Spirit, every time I faced the temptation led to the same repetitive response. Through prayer, I admitted that my character has flaws; but it took time to finally realize that I am not a DIY project.
Without Divine Intervention, the change that we desire will not happen. Possessing the Character of Christ requires teamwork: Human Effort + Divine Intervention= Victorious Outcomes. When self-reliance causes us to place too much confidence in our abilities, we set ourselves up for a big letdown. The Apostle Paul tells us of the human dilemma: I do not understand what I do. I do not do what I want to do, but what I hate, that is what I do. Romans 7:15.
Change begins with the acknowledgement and acceptance that we are fully dependent on God. Our Heavenly Father lovingly forgives us, You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. Micah 7:19. Asking for repentance allows us to turn our lives over to God, faithfully trusting and obeying Him, and asking to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Again, the Apostle tells us to …Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. Philippians 2:12
Two scriptures provide us with God’s requirement for our character traits. Striving to be like Christ means that we must walk through life on bended knees:
- But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law…Galatians 5:22-23
- Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14
Commit to Have the Attitude of Christ. Remove yourself from the DIY list. We have a Spiritual Team to rely on that has our lives in their hands. Remember, we can tap into our Team’s supernatural power any time of the day or night. Our Faith plus Divine Intervention keeps us on the Path of Righteousness. Never give up! Soon we will receive our reward of Eternal Life in a perfect world without sin, sickness, or the sorrow of death. Hallelujah! We can depend on God!
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12
Bible Readings: Colossians 3, Living the New Life
God, we desperately need your help to change and achieve spiritual growth. We admit that we do not pray enough, and we ask forgiveness for the omission of staying connected to you. God, we renew our covenant with you to always seek your Divine Intervention. As we observe the Sabbath, we ask to be filled with your Holy Spirit. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Holy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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