Transformation is this mysterious process that results in a “thorough or dynamic change in form or appearance.” Yep, I have transformed. No doubt about it. But in order to do it I had to admit my weakness in order to access His strength. It was there all the time, but I had no access because I was trying to do it all!


Changing Habits

God is the author of change. If I am going to transform I need Him. I must seek and deeply long for Him and for His strength, His power and His might. I must deeply long for His face and His presence continually.1

Changing a habit is pretty easy. We do it all the time, but transformation is a process of surrender, obedience and commitment.

Change is possible on willpower alone, for a short time. However, willpower runs out eventually even for those with the most determination. We need God’s help in order for change to be lasting—in order for change to become transforming.

Transformation is a complete lifestyle change. It’s not possible on self-effort alone. Most of us have been raised to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, to make it on our own, to try harder, reach higher, fly longer. God has designed us to accomplish great and mighty things, but only if we recognize the Source of our ability to even breathe.

God’s power to transform is available to all believers. It’s actually a simple process, but for some it’s oh so hard to step into.

I Am Weak

The Apostle Paul was pretty hard-headed, actually. I mean, God had to blind him and speak to him audibly to get him to believe. Then, later, God determined Paul needed a constant reminder of where his Source of power resided.

God told Paul, “My grace is enough. It’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.”2

When I am weak, then I am strong,3 but only through the strength of God. However, He won’t barge in and take over. He will patiently wait until I tell Him, I just can’t do this. I need something only You can do, God.

In order to be strong, I have to have Paul’s mindset. “I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.”4 And then my weakness becomes a portal for God’s strength!How very cool is that!

Towards Transformation

After I surrender to Him, though, there is another step. It’s not enough just to lay on the floor feeling weak. We have to seek and deeply longing for His face. This is far from an idle process. It is active. It is ongoing and it is necessary to obtain total transformation.

Moses saw God’s face. When He returned from that face-to-face encounter his face shone so brightly he had to put a veil over it.6.Ah, but God tells us today, there is no veil necessary. He will be with us continually if we want Him to. If we seek Him.

Seeking Has Results

Here’s the thing about seeking God. Once we find Him, we must go with Him wherever He goes and do whatever He does. If not, we have ceased to seek Him. Seeking is not only an action in and of itself, it results in an action.

Are you seeking? Are you deeply longing for His face? Do you really want His presence. Are you willing to do what He wants instead of demanding He do what you want?

Transformation is a process for sure. It begins with total surrender of everything, especially the things we think we can’t live without, to God. Nothing happens without surrender. If we seek Him and long deeply for Him surrender will naturally be the next step.

Action Step
In faith, take the action step to actually plan to allow God to transform you. In #KickWeight, my six-month entry-level coaching class, it is my goal to teach you how to do that. The group is set up to lead you to the place where transformation can begin and once it starts, there’s no stopping it.

The group is open now for introductions and pre-class homework. The welcome video will be posted October 1, but don’t wait. Go HERE and get in today.

I also have my ongoing weight loss coaching group, Sweet Change. In Sweet Change I’m able to do more direct coaching with the members. Starting in October we will be studying emotional eating and freedom principles. If you decide to join Sweet Change and commit for six months you will get KickWeight at no extra charge, a two-for-one deal. To do that go HERE.

OK coach’s hat on now. You’ve tried and tried to change and it hasn’t worked. You know you need a group so choose, #KickWeight alone is $47 a month, less if you buy the entire program at once. Sweet Change is $87 a month and you get #KickWeight. I don’t care which you choose. Just choose one. Click on any link. Ready, set, GO!

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 250 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. Her other books include: "Sweet Journey to Transformation: Practical Steps to Lose Weight and Live Healthy", "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help", "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" and "Sweet Hunger: Developing an Appetite for God".

She also offers Overcomers Christian Weight Loss Academy and VIP one-on-one coaching program, both available under the weight loss tab. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking tab on her website. Also check out her blog and Sweet Grace for Your Journey podcast under the tabs by those names.