January 26, 2017
A “Spiritual Beautification” Process
Romans 8:28 (KJB) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Not everything happens for the purpose of bringing about spiritual good in this world. There is sickness that does not get better, situations which never get resolved as we exist in this world. A human relationship that continually falters, or a job that never pans out.
The heavenly context of our personal redemption from this earth perfectly completes the context of this verse. The truth from God is made whole and perfect with the inclusion an eternal period and the addition of this next verse:
Romans 8:29 (KJB) For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
That is why these seasons and periods of tribulation and trials fall into my life and yours. It is to make us more Christ-like. As this verse clearly states, God predestinated each of us that we would be made into His image. We cannot be changed into His likeness by merely wishing to be changed, or by trying for a time and then choosing to quit mid-stream. The child of God chooses to remain firm in the midst of spiritual struggles and trials even if it seems like it will overtake his life.
It is like having a patch of weeds that threaten to overtake one’s garden after much rain. Taking the time to properly remove the weeds which God allowed to be planted in your garden may make you physically uncomfortable or irritated, However, having faith in God who can remove pesky spiritual weeds as the man and woman of God seek His continual removal and renewal process.
If the man and woman of God continually choose to abide in God’s spiritual learning process even in the midst of the choking of spiritual weeds God will continue to work His “spiritual beautification” process to further your identity in Christ and ultimately working towards the day of your eternal perfection.