Living Life by God’s Design – Not by Default: Part 3

Now that we have become self-aware in recognizing what is in operation in our lives and have let go of the pain and hurt that has kept us bound and have allowed God to heal us, let’s look at the last step in living by God’s design, “Transformation.”


The third step to changing a belief is to replace the old belief with a new one. We create a new reality. Now is the time for the inside job of building a healthy Christ-esteem! Our self-esteem is based on taking personal responsibility, having integrity, feeling worthy, and embracing self-acceptance. To achieve a healthy Christ-esteem, we “knead” our self-esteem with generous portions of God’s Word, prayer, and self-reflection. The examination of our hearts is a daily opportunity to experience God’s grace and mercy in our lives; we become more aware of the peace we lack and our need for the Peacemaker, more aware of the sorrow that grips us and our need for the Comforter, and more aware of pride raising its ugly head and our resulting need for Christ’s forgiveness.

At any time, we can commit to returning to our true identity, which says:

We are chosen by God. (Ephesians 1:4)

We are adopted by God. (Ephesians 1:5)

We are children of God, in His family. (1 John 3:1)

We are forgiven by God for all our sins. (1 John 1:9)

We are reconciled to God, in harmony with Him. (Romans 5:10)

We are seen by God as holy, blameless, above reproach. (Colossians 1:21-22)

We are called to accomplish God’s purpose. (Romans 8:28, 30)

We are justified – declared right in God’s sight. (Romans 5:1)

We are sanctified – set apart by God’s Spirit. (1 Corinthians 6:11)

We are redeemed – bought with Christ’s blood for all our sins. (Ephesians 1:7)

We are cleansed by Christ’s blood for all our sins. (1 John 1:7)

We are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:16-17)

We are complete in Christ. (Colossians 2:19)

We are being conformed to the character of Christ. (Romans 8:29)

Living according to God’s design means that we live from our core values – we believe that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13, NKJV). God’s design is limitless. Focusing on Him and His ability to be our source teaches us to risk stepping out of our comfort zones – out of default mode – and to enlarge our life. God created us in His image and likeness, and it is, “in Him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, NKJV).

Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, said, “Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.” May we always choose to bring God glory by using every event, circumstance, and failure to make a difference in this world for His Kingdom. May we choose to live our lives by God’s design!

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