I am a manipulator. I always have been. I don’t know where it comes from but it has been with me as long as I can remember. It is something that I don’t like about myself but that I find myself doing out of habit. I will be knee deep in it before I even recognize it. A lot of it comes from what I don’t say rather than from what I do. It is something that I want to change.
Lately I have been asking God to thwart my plans. I have been asking him to change my heart and motives. It is like Paul said “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” I know my heart is full of dishonesty and manipulation. I know that my plans are not what God would have for me. I must turn everything over to God and let him change me.
Can I trust him in even the hard things? Can I take a step back and say “God, not my will, but yours?”
When I do, there is liberation. Freedom is in becoming a new creation. Hearts are transformed, lives are changed, habits are broken. The old ways pass away.
Salvation is more than just going to heaven when you die. Its fruit begins right here on earth, in our families and communities. When individual lives are changed, great things start to happen. When groups of lives are changed, look out! Entire communities can experience Gods grace and will in their lives and people will never be the same.