Transformed means to make a dramatic change in appearance or in character. I wish that things were simply done and we would be a new person. Well, it's almost that easy, the only problem is in our very own hearts and mind. We are the ones that make it complicated. Speaking from experience and from allowing temptation to overtake me. It's complicated because we have been harboring sin for so long and possibly not knowing it was sin even, but when we are sincerely looking for a transformation of character, and really want to be different, all we have to do is ask God to take over our lives and let Him live His life out in us. Sounds simple doesn't it? The problem is we are a stubborn people and have wanted our own way for so long we can't imagine what it would be like to give ourselves completely to God and trust Him enough to let Him have full reign in our lives. Can you imagine yourself being transformed into a beautiful character full of love even for your enemies. Unselfish, helpful, kind and happily going about your daily work with a beautiful song in your heart and not worrying whether you will be saved or not? Can you imagine what that would be like? I can if I really concentrate on it. It would be a beautiful life to live and we would be so very happy in the Lord, its very hard to imagine, isn't it? Yes, it is but it is all possible if we allow it. Check these verses out and then do as they tell us to do and see the transformation taking place. Are you with me?
Psalm 51:10 David's prayer. "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." A beautiful prayer to pray every morning when we wake up. The change in our hearts will be astronomical.
Psalm 139:23,24 Another of David's prayers. "Search me, O God, and know my heart today; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me." Add this to the other prayer each morning.
Ezekiel 18:31 "Cast away from you all the transgressions you have committed, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit." Wonderful counsel!!
Ezekiel 36:26 "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh." And a wonderful promise, if we would only believe!!
Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove wh"at is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." A challenge that we should accept with God guiding in every aspect of our life.
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
Ephesians 2:4,5 "But God who is rich in mercy, because of His great love which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses; made us alive together with Christ, by grace you have been saved."
God is so very longsuffering and patient with us even when we are dead in sin, He will make us alive in Christ by His wonderful grace.
Ephesians 4:22-24 "That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness." How do we do this? By coming before Him in prayer and in sincerity and confessing what a sinful person we are and telling Him our sins and in true sorrow that we have been like this, repent of them and pray David's prayer to have a new created heart and mind, and it will be done. The answer is in this next verse.
John 1:12,13 "But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." Do you believe in Him? If you do this promise is for you. If you don't, then pray for faith to believe that He will do just as He has promised.
John 3:3 "Jesus answered and said to him, 'most assuredly I say to you, unless one is born again, (transformed), he cannot see the kingdom of God." We want to be among those who actually see the kingdom of God in all reality, when He comes to claim His people who have been transformed by the power of His might and have allowed Him to come in and live within them and transform them. More next time on this very subject. There are so many promises for a transformed life, we must include many of them to show how wonderful it will be if we let Christ live within us and transform us into His likeness. See you tomorrow. Grandma Joan