(#2) Countdown to Camp 1: Waiting for God to Move 

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If you’re like me, it’s easy to become frustrated or disappointed with the way things are moving in your life at one point or another. And part of the problem is that we’re becoming programmed to only recognize change when it is tangible.

We are being showered with every incremental change happening in our social circles. New clothes. New car. New city. New schools. New jobs.

And it’s more than just the new stuff. Vacations. Restaurants. Music. We are literally getting a minute by minute, hour by hour glimpse into the evolution of each person’s life choices.

Now, the question is, what has that done for your heart condition? Have you found yourself asking why can’t you be more like such and such person? Have you found yourself wondering why this issue or struggle can’t just be dealt with already so you can move on?

So whatever condition you are reading this in, my prayer for all of us, myself included, is to gain a better understanding of the condition of our hearts and whether we are actually in a place open to God’s heart work.

Note: there are two passages below. Feel free to pick one if you’re running low on time!

Daniel 4:28-37

Even if you’ve heard this story before, take five or ten minutes reading through, praying through, and meditating on this passage. Take it slow, thinking about each statement. Sometimes that’s enough. Sometimes questions help us to do the same thing (read, pray, meditate, slow down, and think clearer); so we’ve provided some questions below, in case they help you:

— what was King Nebuchadnezzar’s sin against the Lord?
— when/how quickly did the Lord bring conviction and punishment to Nebuchadnezzar?
— what was the purpose for the punishment (just to punish? so that the king would learn something?)
— how did King N. respond to having his “majesty and splendor” returned to him (did he become prideful again)?
— from his own words, what did King N. learn about God?

Acts 9:1-20

Even if you’ve heard this story before, take five or ten minutes reading through, praying through, and meditating on this passage. Take it slow, thinking about each statement. Sometimes that’s enough. Sometimes questions help us to do the same thing (read, pray, meditate, slow down, and think clearer); so we’ve provided some questions below, in case they help you:

— what was Saul doing at the beginning of the chapter (verses 1-2)?
— how did Jesus speak to Saul (did He explain what was happening to Saul, or how He would fix it)?
— how long did Saul have to wait for Jesus to act on his behalf?
— what did you learn from the conversation between Jesus and his disciple Ananias?
— what was Saul doing at the end of this passage (verses 18-20)?

Takeaway: Heart work does not happen like you want it to. Just ask Nebuchadnezzar and Saul(Paul). Heart work is going to be an uncomfortable, sometimes painful, process. The key to remember is that there is no part of this that is initiated by us alone. We only received redemption by grace through faith, and it is that continued grace that produces our desire to become more holy. Heart change isn’t visible because it cannot be manufactured. There is no replacement for surrendering to God and letting Him make the change happen. That can be the most frustrating part because you cannot just make it happen.

Praying for you,
Zachary Lim & the Transform Team

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