The Father’s
Transformation Process
Heb 12: 1-13
by rev dr hwa yung
Servanthood or Leadership (4)
1. Introduction: Our Father’s
Determination to Transform Us
• But because God is our Father, He is
determined to change us...
2. Four lives: The Breaking Process
i. Jacob the Rascal (Snake)
Gen 25:26; Name = ‘Deceiver’ (NIV);
manipulates to get Esa...
2. Four lives: The Breaking Process
iii. Peter—The Self made Man and
Born leader
A self made man and born leader.
Always f...
v. Two Things
a. All of us need breaking because of
the abundance of human pride and
arrogance in our lives.
b. Breaking t...
3. The Transforming Process
God brings each to a point of personal
crisis to make them open themselves to
his transforming...
3. The Transforming Process
iii. Peter: The story of his restoration is
told in Jn 21. He was still the leader
after Acts ...
4. Application – Your Choice
i. Your choice
The choice is yours. It is not that
God favors some, therefore breaks
and tran...
4. Application – Your Choice
ii. Cooperating with God in His
breaking and transforming
process.
a. Ask God for a teachable...
4. Application – Your Choice
c. Subjecting ourselves to His
discipline: Heb 12:11. This involves:
• Letting Him deal with ...
4. Application – Your Choice
iii. The Father’s formation process is
lifelong!
It does not matter what stage
you are at. Go...
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  1. 1. The Father’s Transformation Process Heb 12: 1-13 by rev dr hwa yung Servanthood or Leadership (4)
  2. 2. 1. Introduction: Our Father’s Determination to Transform Us • But because God is our Father, He is determined to change us! Our Father’s goal is to transform us into the image of Christ! • Cf. Heb 12:1-13; He disciplines because we are His sons and daughters. Are we responding?
  3. 3. 2. Four lives: The Breaking Process i. Jacob the Rascal (Snake) Gen 25:26; Name = ‘Deceiver’ (NIV); manipulates to get Esau’s birthright Gen 27; Steals the Father’s blessing from his brother. But meets his match in Laban—a bigger ‘snake’. ii.Moses—The Egyptian Prince Ex 1 & 2; Privileged background with wealth, learning, pleasures, class. Tries to solve the Heb’s problem on his own; flops badly and runs for his life!
  4. 4. 2. Four lives: The Breaking Process iii. Peter—The Self made Man and Born leader A self made man and born leader. Always first! But ends up denying the Lord! iv. Paul—The Righteous Pharisee Phil 3:4 6; Birth and upbringing, religious background, learning and intellect, human achievements, etc. Crisis of conscience and the Damascus road!
  5. 5. v. Two Things a. All of us need breaking because of the abundance of human pride and arrogance in our lives. b. Breaking takes time: ‘God took 2 days to get Moses out of Egypt; but took 40 years to get Egypt out of Moses!’ Question: Are we open to God’s breaking process. Do we have a teachable heart?
  6. 6. 3. The Transforming Process God brings each to a point of personal crisis to make them open themselves to his transforming power. i. Jacob: Brought to the point of desperation. The truth is that the snake has nowhere to turn! Then in 32:26b finally recognizes that God must be the ultimate source of blessing, and not his own cunning! ii. Moses: Only after his self-confidence was totally shattered could God begin to use him. Result: A humble and meek man!
  7. 7. 3. The Transforming Process iii. Peter: The story of his restoration is told in Jn 21. He was still the leader after Acts 1. But what emerged was totally different man! He learnt that he no longer has to be No. 1 in order to serve God! iv. Paul: After Damascus Rd, for 2 years or so he went into retreat (Gal 1:17f); followed by some 10 years or more of relative obscurity in Tarsus and Antioch. Only then he was ready to be sent out, at about 50! The passion and zeal were undiminished (cf. Phil 3:7-11) but he was a changed man!
  8. 8. 4. Application – Your Choice i. Your choice The choice is yours. It is not that God favors some, therefore breaks and transforms them; leaving others to rot. God is our Father. He wants to do the same in every life; cf. Heb 12:5 11. Are we rejecting God’s will or cooperating with Him?
  9. 9. 4. Application – Your Choice ii. Cooperating with God in His breaking and transforming process. a. Ask God for a teachable heart. b. Repentance to be a hard word! But there is no other way round it.
  10. 10. 4. Application – Your Choice c. Subjecting ourselves to His discipline: Heb 12:11. This involves: • Letting Him deal with your weaknesses and insecurities • Obey Him in whatever path of action He calls you to. • Often God asks us to withdraw into a position of obscurity: Cf. Moses and Paul. d.Give Him time. Why? Because you have got to give yourself time!
  11. 11. 4. Application – Your Choice iii. The Father’s formation process is lifelong! It does not matter what stage you are at. God is constantly seeking to do a deeper work in us! iv. The world is always looking for better methods; God is looking for better men and women

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