Many people in the world claim to know Christ, yet they speak very little about Him. Although they may claim to have fellowship with a local body of believers, they tend to know more about what’s going on in the world rather than what their church believes. They are experts in every topic from politics to the latest news stories, but they are at a loss about what Christ is doing in their lives. Unfortunately, most are not being transformed in Christ but are being transformed by the world through a great flood of information. This information coming at the speed of light promises to address your every problem from mental health to physical health. It promises to answer every question about the proper foods we should eat, the medications we should take, and the exercise programs we should do. It promises to answer every question concerning the ecosystem and our place in the cosmos. Today, I would like to look beyond just following the Christian crowd and the influx of information coming from the world to understanding the miracle of our transformation in Christ. We will explore what we should expect from being transformed in Christ. Transformation is a lifelong journey. There are clear signs that we are truly on the path to transformation that will excite you beyond belief. We will learn how important it is to allow the Holy Spirit to do His job of making us into a new creation (II Corinthians 5:17).
However, before we continue it’s essential that you have humbled yourself before the risen Christ believing that He died on the Cross to forgive you of all of your sins, past, present, and future. Through the public confession of your sins and your agreement to turn from your sins and not repeat them, then you are ready to follow Christ in His resurrection from the grave to a new life in Christ. This confession will open a new door that will be the most remarkable journey that you could ever imagine. The transformation journey can only begin after your public confession and the reception of the Holy Spirit. Without the confession and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, transformation is impossible. You may learn all the doctrines of your church and mimic all the outward behavior of others that appear more righteous than yourself, but that by itself will not bring forth true transformation in Christ. You could memorize the entire Bible and follow all of its commandments, but that too will not bring forth true transformation in Christ. It will only bring forth carnal Christianity, which will leave you on the path to eternal damnation, and eternally separated from God.
To experience transformation in Christ we must be filled with the Holy Spirit sent by God to all who make the confession to follow Christ alone and not the teachings from the world controlled by Satan and the powers of darkness. It is the Spirit’s job to lead us into all truth (John 16:13). It is His job to write the commandments of God upon our hearts (Hebrews 10:16). This is so beautifully accomplished, because every time we read the Bible or hear His anointed Words spoken, then the Spirit will write those Words on our hearts. Sometimes the Words seem new, beyond anything we have heard, bringing forth great excitement to follow Christ in His teachings. Other times the Words may seem difficult because they are so opposed to the teachings of the present world order, so the Words are also accompanied with conviction from the Holy Spirit. If you have never felt the conviction from the Holy Spirit, then you are either ignoring Him or not listening. Or the Spirit of God may not be residing in you, because you have not welcomed Him into your heart. Dear children, after our public confession, then we must welcome the Holy Spirit by giving Him full reign in our lives.
To give the Holy Spirit full reign in our lives is an obligation to listen and follow all of His nudges, prompts, and the still small voice spoken in our hearts. The Holy Spirit will never lead you to violate one of God’s commandments but to obey all of His instructions in the Bible. God has given us everything we need to become a new person in Christ through transformation. This is very important because we can no longer rely on the world or the works of fallen humanity to give us what we need. If we do, then it will be counterproductive to the transformation process. The Bible says, “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (II Peter 1:3). Yes, the Bible says, “everything!” God does not need our help in the transformation process. What God needs is our obedience. The Holy Spirit will never draw on the information in the world. If we fail to believe that He has all the answers to our problems, then we will never be transformed in Christ. To give the Spirit full reign in our lives, we simply cannot ask our Holy Resident to step into the other room while we participate in a questionable activity or seek advice from the world.
Unfortunately, many Christians grieve the Holy Spirit every time they fail to listen and follow the Spirits leading. Every time they ignore His presence in their lives, then they have grieved the Holy Spirit. Every time they participate in a questionable activity or violate one of God’s beautiful commandments, then they grieve the Holy Spirit. To continually grieve the Holy Spirit will stop the transformation process and may even put you on the path leading to a horrible life where nothing seems to work out right. Every bad or miscalculated decision without the Spirit’s help will cause you great difficulties from financial hardship to even causing you physical and mental health problems. To grieve the Holy Spirit can lead to a very confusing life, from being led astray by every worldly teaching and perversion to the acceptance of psychological counseling and a life of psychotropic drug addiction. To grieve the Holy Spirit can even put you on the path of confronting the horrors of unchecked lawlessness and even an early death. We must not grieve the Holy Spirit if we want to experience the wonders of the transformation in Christ. Transformation in Christ is wonders upon wonders as we learn how to put off the old life and put on the new life in Christ (Ephesians 4:17-32.
As we learn, step by step, how to put off the old life, we begin to realize just how captivating sin was in our lives. Yes, it will be difficult in the beginning. However, as we listen and follow the Holy Spirit, He gives us great power to say no to all manner of sins and the devil who is instigating them. We don’t need to yell at the devil or perform some religious ritual, we simply say no, in the Name of Jesus Christ. The key to success is that the Spirit gives us the opposite of the evil by showing us how to put on the righteous life intended for us in Christ. With every successful step of putting off the old life and putting on the new life in Christ, we begin to experience transformation. We are now a new person in Christ (II Corinthians 5:17). The lies of Satan have convinced the modern church that they have been transformed simply by changing some of their outward behavior, however, they have failed to look at their heart within, so I greatly encourage you to read carefully my last article entitled, “Conquering the Evil From Within.” As we continue the transformation process, we soon discover all the little miracles that await us from the little miracles in our own lives to the amazing miracles that God chooses to do through us.
Seeing the hand of God working through us is the most amazing miracle that you will ever see this side of heaven. The Bible says, “But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit” (2Co 3:18). What an amazing verse this is, that sheds light on the other verses in the Bible by tying them all together like a great tapestry, where the Bible interprets the Bible (See II Corinthians 3:18, 5:17, and II Peter 1:3). Only through the Holy Spirit and His process of transformation in us can we see the larger picture and understand the full counsel of God. As we come to the Gospel with an unveiled face, we reject all the transforming powers of the world, which allows the glory of the Lord to be reflected through us. The more we allow the glory of the Lord to be reflected through us, the more we are transformed into His image from one degree of glory to another. This is all wonderfully accomplished by the Spirit of the Lord. So, we must all ask ourselves a question, whose glory are we reflecting, the glory of the Lord (as we continually look upon His eternal truths), or are we reflecting the tarnished glory of the fallen world order?
Finally, the tarnished glory of the world is the influx of information seeking to transform the world into the image of the beast. This has been easily accomplished through their movies, videos, television, public education, and their social media platforms. They started in the fifties teaching morality in their movies and public education but very quickly they removed the moral authority of Jesus Christ. This in time allowed everyone’s opinions concerning morality to take precedence, which established their own authority. Step by step God has been removed from the public domain, which has allowed the powers of darkness to transform the world into the image of the beast, to reflect his tarnished glory. Now, all those who have been transformed by the world are now reflecting the tarnished glory of the Antichrist and his system already put into place to lead God’s children astray. Dear children, we must only allow God’s glory to shine through us, not the world’s transforming power, so that we can continue our transformation in Christ. Transformation in Christ opens the gates of heaven to experience an extraordinary connection with the Lord of glory. Transformation in Christ will allow us to participate in His amazingly powerful miracles performed through us to the glory of God. Transformation in Christ allows us to see His mighty hand working in our lives performing one little miracle after another. Now, imagine a world where every Christian is being transformed in Christ. It would turn the world upside down! Are you being transformed in Christ?
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