Born again? How about renovation?

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  I love seeing the befores and afters with HGTV’s renovations.   They seem so quick and, ok it looks like hard work, but, how hard can it be?   Well, now that I’m neck deep in renovating our  thrashed rental I can tell you it is neck breaking, back breaking and heart breaking.  Yes, I am being a drama queen.  When I am weary my thoughts and mood turn to the dark side.  But, I must say, through my scrapping, spackling, hole-filling I have had some awesome conversations with God.  Starting with a conversation Jesus had with religious leader Nicodemas in his day.   Jesus told Nic if he ever wanted to make it into God’ s kingdom he would have to be born again.  His basic genetic code was not Kingdom friendly.  He needed a rebirth.  A makeover.
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  God starts the process with a basic rewiring by implanting His Holy Spirit when we acknowledge we are totally unable to reach God’s standards of perfection and accept His substitute payment, His Son, Jesus, as our qualifying certificate.  I have done that.  I have downloaded the Holy Spirit but that is just the intro.  My foundation is Jesus but I know I am still a hot mess with dings, and garbage and graffitti written on the walls of my mind and heart.  The Bible says I am a new creation in Christ Jesus ( 2 Corinthians 5:17) but God uses our hard times to knock down the rough edges James 1) and His Word, the Bible, to get our thinking straight (1Peter2:2).  So, back to our house reno, I am patching dings, filling holes, sanding and smoothing surfaces and through my tears I hear the Holy Spirit say this is what He is doing in my life right now.  Just as I struggle with the awesome vision of one day having a wonderful, strong and amazing home, He is working together everything in my life for my good (Romans 8:28).  In  Jeremiah 29:11-13 God says “I have good plans  for you, not plans to hurt you.  I will give you hope and a good future.  Then you will call my Name.  You will come to Me and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  You will search for Me.  And when you search for Me with all your heart, you will find Me!”  Such good news for this one in need of repair!

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6 thoughts on “Born again? How about renovation?

  1. Reblogged this on janjoy52 and commented:
    I wrote this January 19, 2014. Now we’re nearing a year and a half since we began this very hard process of renovation. And we’ve been installing furniture now!!! The rooms have beds! The living room has sofas! The closets have shelves and poles to hang clothes! We have a new roof! And I am falling in love with this once abused and broken and disgusting house.

    I must say this is a perfect example of how we were before God came to save us. He says we are all as an unclean thing and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags and we all do fade as a leaf and our iniquities like the wind have taken us away. But when God sent Jesus to cover our sins with His blood He, like HGTV, flipped us! He did a total makeover. Much more then, being now justified by His blood we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For He has made Him to be sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God In Christ.

    That is just the beginning. Like the garbage removal and the hole filling and wall painting and floor renovating is just setting the stage for usefulness, accepting Jesus as your Savior is just the beginning. The Bible says we need to study to show ourselves approved unto God as workmen that don’t need to be ashamed but can rightly divide or correctly assess the word of truth. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says all Scripture is God breathed and is useful for doctrine, for reproof and correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be whole and complete, fully equipped and furnished for all good works. Can you see it? Can you see that we are God’s makeover? He say we are His house!

    My husband and I have come a long way since we took on this house. I didn’t like it at first. I dreaded all the time I had to spend with it and sometimes I went away injured and exhausted. This is the stuff of relationships. They can be hard and painful. But God showed His love for us by dying for us even when we hated, or didn’t even have a clue about Him and were a hot mess. He took us on and promised that we would be AWESOME, ADORABLE, WISE, POWERFUL, BEAUTIFUL! We are all a work in progress but the more time we spend with the Master and submit to His scraping, and refining and prepping the sooner we will become ready for the furniture and that’s when we will begin to take on the character, attitudes, and wisdom of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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