What if change isn’t about trying harder?
This book was written for those of us who long for change. We realize we cannot fix ourselves because we have tried and failed. We don’t want to stand unaltered in the presence of the God of the Universe. We don’t want to continue to hurt the people we love. We don’t want to misrepresent our Lord or embrace our hypocrisy.
We don’t understand that our sin is not a symptom of our badness. It’s a by-product of our identity crisis. We have forgotten who we are and how to act like God’s beloved. Without His intervention, we will never become the person He created us to be. We have overlooked the key to lasting and supernatural transformation. Surprisingly, it’s not trying harder to be good. It’s giving up and letting God get to work.
Whenever we determine to clean up our own act, we are smug when we succeed and ashamed when we fail. We no longer revel in the holy mystery of grace. We shift from a heart position of thankfulness to one of continual self-importance or self-doubt. In an effort to please God, we make becoming a “good” person our spiritual focus. We forget that sanctification is a God-inspired, God-accomplished feat.
Authentic change has very little to do with willpower and a lot to do with admitting defeat. We aren’t strong enough. We can’t do it on our own. When life brings us to the end of ourselves, God waits there—not to reform our behavior but to excavate our true identity.
We must surrender to God’s campaign for change, which is focused less on our behavior and more on the beliefs driving it. Spiritual transformation is a stripping-away process that God undertakes to remove everything that contaminates or dilutes the real us.
This book shows us how to relinquish the things that are standing in the way of our healing:
- Our self-righteous façade
- Our pursuit of counterfeits
- Our false identity
- Our personal strongholds
- Our small dreams
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