I don’t know everything about the Bible. I don’t understand everything about the Bible. I don’t know everything about God. I don’t understand everything about God. What I do know and what I do understand is how God can change you and transform your life. I know that He has the power to make you into a new creation and give you a new life that surpasses anything you could imagine. The Bible talks about it. Jesus talks about it. My life testimony talks about it. The Christian life is more than following rules and principles. It is not about a religion. It is about living a life that is centered around love, truth and God. It is a life that keeps you grounded in the knowledge of a love that is higher than any human love. It is the conviction that the Spirit of God is alive and well and that He dwells in you. It is real. God is not fake. He is used in many circles to create a fake reality but there is nothing fake about His goodness, His compassion, His love and His peace. Friend, there is an amazing transformation that can take place in your life today. God provides it, the Holy Spirit orchestrates it and Jesus upholds it.
A spiritual transformation occurs when we first accept the Lord. Hope rises. Joy bounces into our sphere and unbelievable love sets in. I remember feeling like my life had taken a turn for the best. I remember thinking there was much more to life than I had thought. Life has not been the same. I will never be the same. First it was fireworks, bliss and excitement. Then the honeymoon stage ended quickly when I was hit by the harsh reality that even though I had changed, life around me had not changed. Life still came at me with its heap of problems and its catalog of tribulations. The new life started to sound like a dream I had just woken up from. I refused to think that it wouldn’t last but nothing seemed to sustain the transformation. Then something clicked and I received an important revelation.
When we make Jesus our Savior, our spirit gets renewed. The transformation takes place in our spirit. Our spirit gets a new lease on life and it goes through an initial phase of joy because it is regenerated and it is impacted by God Himself. Think about that. How great is that? We feel invincible. We feel better than we have ever felt. Our mind on the other hand doesn’t get renewed. It still holds the same old patterns and it is still subject to all sorts of negative thoughts. That truth is not something I had learned in Christian 101. I let my mind with its old ways take over me and before I knew it my mind was in control and my spirit was heavily influenced by it. My mind was so overwhelming that I couldn’t feel any of the changes. This lasted for years. It was as if my renewed spirit was a prisoner of my mind. Once I understood the power of my mind I was able to get back to living the transformed life again.
This is how God allowed me to get back to the transformation and live it out to a higher degree. First I made up my mind and decided to line up my thinking with what the Lord said about me. I dug deep in the Word and I found out who I was meant to be. I also decided to stay connected to God. I decided to make Him my priority. I gave in. I turned from the ways that blocked Him and I embraced His promises. It takes obedience and dedication, friend. The transformation does happen and it can last if you stay in that new relationship. If you make a conscious effort to praise God, communicate with Him, acknowledge the Holy Spirit in all yours way then you can see a permanent change. It’s a decision of the heart that makes the change come alive. Imagine feeling a warm blanket around your spirit every day. Imagine feeling joy and peace when things are not good. Imagine having love for strangers. God transforms and He can do all of that for you and me. Lean in and give in to Him. There is much more to this Christian life than we know.
Suggested reading: Romans 12:2; 1 Peter 1:14; 2 Corinthians 5:17