In the Bible we hear about people being made new, being a new creature or creation in Christ, being born again (rebirth from old person to new person), and we read of miraculous transformation with even the worst of sinners, right? (2 Corinthians 5:17) Well, some people may have accepted that Jesus Christ is Lord of their lives and that they want to follow Jesus and be a stronger person of faith, but how does this happen?
True transformation doesn’t necessarily happen instantaneously, or overnight, but can develop over time. Think of a plant starting as a seed, then being watered; over time it will grow (1 Corinthians 3:6). Sometimes there were miracles in the Bible such as sudden conversions, like Saul to Paul when the scales of his eyes were peeled away and he repented of his life of sin and became a servant of Christ (Acts 9). Other times, it takes seasons and even months of people’s lives to see growth. Just like you get to know a friend or develop a new relationship, it takes time. I am not comparing man to God, but giving the example that you need to spend TIME together with the Lord.
How to Be Made New in Christ
1. Accept Jesus as your personal Lord of your life: It’s one thing to believe in Jesus, but it is another to make Jesus Lord of your life. Invite Jesus into your heart, ask Him to cleanse you of your sins, and if you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins, that He is the Son of God (the awaited Messiah), then you shall be saved.
Do you know Jesus? Have you met Him personally? Invite Him into your life. He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14), and no one can come to the Father but through the Son.
2. Spend time in God’s presence and in the Word: Faith comes by hearing the Word (Romans 10:17). True transformation and decisions/choices/lifestyle changes are made when your thinking is aligned properly. Prayer is key as well. Let’s not just give God a big request list, but in the stillness of our devotion time we can hear God speaking to us in our spirit if we carve out the time and actually seek Him genuinely (Jeremiah 33:3).
3. Confess your sins and turn from your old ways: This doesn’t happen overnight necessarily either, but some people have testimonies of being delivered of drug abuse, alcohol addiction and other former ways. Sometimes this can take time, but God is faithful. If we choose to obey, He will bless our lives. Those who honor God will be honored. When we resist the devil, He shall flee. (James 4)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive our sins, and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
4. Be around like-minded believers: How can you flourish in the things of God if you are walking with the rebellious, or with people who don’t desire to serve God and His Kingdom? If you want to be professional dancer you hang with dancers at dance studios, you take classes you work hard at it. If you want to be a singer, you practice, you do exercises, you rehearse, and so forth. If you want to be a strong believer and change you need to not only learn from the Bible but actually apply it and be around others who are doing it better than you. Can I get an amen? I’m not saying you can’t have non-Christian friends, but you need to be with people on the same accord and same path or it will end up taking you off course and can possibly leave you distracted. It really depends how serious you are about changing and how deep you want to go with the Lord.
Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? (Amos 3:3)
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers, For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14)
5. Stay in worship and guard your mind, ears and heart: Honestly, what you think about, you do, and what you do, you become in a habit. Don’t you want to be known as a worshipper? One to leave a legacy for Jesus? Don’t you want to just fall at His feet in worship and thank Him for ALL that He has done? Seriously, we are SO BLESSED. We have our health, salvation, our friends, family, schools, jobs, a roof over our heads, cars, computers, phones…we have MORE than enough. Let us not grumble and complain, but rather let’s have a spirit of gratitude, and that of Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” What does this mean? It means I DON’T NEED ANYTHING when I have JESUS…amen?
We need to be careful what we watch and what music we listen to. Words have power—God says in the Bible that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21) Be careful what you open yourself up to, whether it is music, cursing, foul/perverse language, inappropriate content and/or scary/demonic films. These images can be burned into your memory and can taunt you, not to mention Satan was the angel of music, so be wise in your musical selection. Either it is honoring God or it isn’t—you cannot serve two masters, amen?
When you are in worship, your mind, and your life, will ultimately change. The Bible says it this way: Fix your eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) and on the prize. We need to run our race of faith with discipline, diligence and wisdom. Use common sense—the Holy Spirit will show you, but it really is your choice what you want to feed. Remember, whatever you feed grows…do you want to feed your faith and grow in Christ, or do you want to feed the flesh and the worldly desires? Let us pray for strength.
God is all-powerful, majestic, wonderful, beautiful, MIGHTY, strong. He is the first and last, the ALPHA AND OMEGA (beginning and the end), the One who was, and is, and is to come! I hope and pray this article encourages you to dig deeper for the treasure of God’s Holy Word. I challenge you to seek Him with your whole heart, your entire being. Let 2015 be life-changing. God has GREAT and AMAZING things for you when you put him in your #1 spot. He will take you where no man, person, money, place, thing can take you. Oh beloved girls and dear readers, I pray that you CHOOSE to worship Him. Love you all.
Jesus LOVES you! (John 3:16-17) You are treasured, prized and cherished by the Almighty God! How amazing! <3
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