Monday, February 5, 2018

The Power to Change

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  2 Corinthians 5:17

God loves you just the way you are.  He loves you completely and unconditionally, but He loves you too much to let you stay the way you are.  He wants to help you grow, and become more like Jesus.  Transformation is not an event but a process.  Salvation changes your soul while transformation changes your life.  The process doesn’t end with our baptism, it begins there with a fresh start and a new life.  Transformation is an ongoing process that will never end for us completely until our ultimate transformation in Heaven.  But as we go through this life and grow in our relationship with God, He changes us each and every step along the way. 
It is easy to get overwhelmed when we don’t know where to start or how to do something we need or want to do.  This is especially true of a significant undertaking – like transforming our lives from the inside out!  Being conformed or transformed is a passive experience, meaning it happens to us, not by us.  Thank goodness God is in the business of transformation and He knows what He is doing.  We have to be willing for Him to be able to work, but if we are willing, He does the work in us, and it is only in His power that we can be transformed.  His power breaks the chains sin, doubt, shame, regret and everything that can keep us from being transformed.  The more we allow God’s Spirit to empower us, the more He grows positive character in our lives to replace our bad habits and that’s when transformation happens!
Submit your life to God now and allow Him to transform you into everything He has planned for you.  Let Him do the work and be amazed at all He can restore in your life and the change that happens in His power. 

Scripture to Claim:
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.   2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV

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