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Thanks for journeying with me! 

refining moments.

Tiffany Lambert

take a look at these moments, use them, learn from them for they are a gift from God. 

When you say yes to Jesus you say yes to a savior, but it is so much more than that. With a yes you are submitting yourself to transformation.

I promise you, if you give a yes, a heartfelt and an “all in” kind of yes- you will never be the same.

God will bring you to certain turning points, different moments where He is stretching and growing you, calling you to a greater faith, calling you to be transformed.

It’s refining.

Once we give our yes to Jesus, He does not leave us where we are. The goal is to make us more holy, restore us. He brings us more and more back to a place where we reflect God’s image, back to how he intended us to look like in the first place. He accomplishes this in our lives through relationship with Him and in the midst of circumstances.

When we walk with God He walks with us.

He is patient with us, gently bringing correction and speaking life into areas that are decaying. He takes us through this growth process- not all at once, but one area at a time.  He walks through difficult circumstances with us, using them to bring refinement in our lives. In the difficult situations, God works to bring us to places of trust, reliance, obedience, faith, humility, peace and so on. This involves growing pains: these are not the common traits we default to as humans. 

We are sinful, we are broken, but through God’s transformation, we can get there.

We must choose to submit fully, and learn to enjoy God’s process of renewing our mind and body.

Life here on earth is messy, we can walk through the biggest of storms, bringing confusion and doubt and when this happens we are left with a choice: try to make it through the storm on our own strength or allow Jesus to be our strength. The act of trusting Jesus brings transformation in our lives, it polishes us, it brings freedom. It is in these times that we learn things about God’s character, about ourselves and our callings.

These refining moments are essential to our walk with Jesus.

The lie that life with Jesus equates to a perfect family, perfect job,  perfect kids or perfect happiness, needs to be broken. Life with Jesus is beautiful and refining, but this transformation comes at a price. We must walk through things, have revelations, fight and allow God to change our hearts. Don’t get complacent, don’t stay where you are, God will always have more for you. We cannot afford to stay static in our relationship with God or this refining process suffers.

Embrace God’s transformation for all it offers. Trust Him with the process, submit to it and once you do, the difficult challenges you are facing become less about the difficulty, and more about the character of God. We must get to a place of trusting God with whatever He wants to do. In these times, find out what God is teaching you and allow it to be accomplished in your life.

Those refining moments will come, but don't just wait for the testing. Be intentional now. Seek God for transformation in your life, now. Read your bible, spend time in life giving fellowship, spend time in prayer. Give God free reign to refine each and every area in your heart and watch Him work. You will be thankful for the outcome. 

Take those refining moments and cherish them, for God has started a good work in you.

 

Abundant life.

Unhindered freedom.

Wild trust.

 

Lord take me there, refine me, make me new, make me more like you.

 

Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,[c] circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
— Colossians 3: 10-15