Do you struggle with certain things you end up doing time and time again?
You can’t resist sharing a gossip with a friend?
You lose your patience with the kids too often?
You spend too many hours on the internet?
We all have areas of our life that we know are wrong and we wonder if we will ever manage to conquer. So what is the secret to spiritual transformation and reaching a point where we can change?
Do you know there are some parts of me that aren’t very pretty?
There are parts of me that I don’t really like about myself. That I know are far from how God has designed me to be.
There are things that I do that time and time again I find I have to talk to God about, confess and ask for forgiveness.
Do you sometimes wonder if you’ll ever change?
Do you sometimes beg the Holy Spirit to transform certain parts of you that you know let you and God down over and over?
So, what is the secret to spiritual transformation? If we are made new in Christ, how do we really put an end to sin and overcome those problem areas in our lives?
The more I try by myself to become more like God wants me to be the more I seem to end up failing.
I read my Bible and know that God shows me how He wants me to live through it, yet all too often I fall short.
But the thing is, I can’t do it on my own. As much as I try to be disciplined, form new habits, resist temptation – I always seem to be unsuccessful in the end.
It’s all about how much we connect with God. The more we stay connected to God, spend time in relationship with Him and being in His presence the more we will become like Jesus.
Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech, and are not like Moses, who used to put a veil over his face so that the sons of Israel would not look intently at the end of what was fading away. But their minds were hardened; for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted, because it is removed in Christ. But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.
The glory of the grace of God shown to us through Jesus Christ is that we no longer live under the Law. God knows that we fail. He knows that we end up stuffing up. He knows that we need His grace and forgiveness.
That we can’t make it on our own.
Yay! We now live under grace because of Jesus!
Yay! I can go to God over and over again and ask for forgiveness no matter how many times I mess up!
Yay! God loves me and there is nothing I can do to make Him love me more and nothing I can do to make Him love me less!
But, God does promise us spiritual transformation. That we can be transformed to mirror the glory of God.
So, how does this happen?
Spiritual transformation happens through an open heart
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
If we want to change to become more like Jesus, to reflect the glory of God then we need to have hearts open to God. We need to be prepared to allow Him to change us.
We need to be living sacrifices, desiring what God wants for our lives, trusting in His will and being obedient to His Word.
Spiritual transformation happens by being dependent not independent
I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
It is a fact that I end up sinning because I have decided to go my own way. I have chosen to block God out for a while and do my own thing. The rebellious, independent part of me takes over and I choose to ignore God for a while.
The only way we are going to become more like Jesus is to be dependent on God.
To be willing to choose His ways rather than our own ways.
To be completely centred and obedient to Him.
Spiritual transformation happens through the Holy Spirit
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.
The more time we spend with God, the more we connect with God, the more we make our lives places the Holy Spirit can be part of. The closer we become to God the more we will know His power at work in our lives changing us to bring Him glory.
If we focus on connecting with God more and more in our lives we will see spiritual transformation in our lives and finally those sins that plague us over and over again will reduce and eventually be put to death.
Featured book of the month:
If you are interested in finding out more about wisdom, what the Bible has to say about how we can grow in wisdom and all that is needed to make wise choices then check out this highly inspirational book by wise author, Bill Hybels. Just click on the image to find out more.
And now it’s linkup time!!!
This devotion has been republished from the archives in case you missed it first time round.
There are affiliate links contained in this devotion although Essential Thing Devotions only recommends books we genuinely feel will help in our walk of faith.
Photo credit – kjuniper via Stock.xchng