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The Conforming Works of God

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The Conforming Works of God

 When you are going through a difficulty, you can have peace knowing all of the pain, all of the struggles, are shaping and molding us into the beautiful image of Jesus. It cannot happen apart from it. Think about driving through a construction zone. We have to drive slower, have a good attitude, pay attention to workers—but they are making the road better.

Let’s say your difficulty is a construction zone in your life. Arm yourself with a positive perspective. Keep your eyes open. God is about to do something in the midst of your construction zone.

God doesn’t want you to miss what He is doing in the midst of the difficulty.

Romans 8:28-31 says, We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God—those whom he has called according to his plan. This is true because he already knew his people and had already appointed them to have the same form as the image of his Son. Therefore, his Son is the firstborn among many children. He also called those whom he had already appointed. He approved of those whom he had called, and he gave glory to those whom he had approved of. What can we say about all of this? If God is for us, who can be against us?[1]

In that great passage of scripture, all the trials and tests we endure, the highs and lows, the accusations, the condemnations we endure, the darkness of principalities and power—Paul declares, “If God is for us who can be against us?”

In the midst of all the struggles, he says ALL THINGS work together for good AND we are being CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF GOD’S SON. Metal works are refined by fire. Being conformed into Christ image most often comes through fire! In the midst of the pain, we are shaped into His God’s likeness.
He’s on our side, and we’re going to come through looking like Him!

[1] GW


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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