Thursday, May 19, 2011
"TIME FOR A CHANGE"
Good Evening to All!
All of us (with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another, [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is ] the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3:18 Amp.)
The way Joyce Meyer Words it in her book helps to clarify it a bit. She says: All of us . . . are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit.
In other words, we change gradually little by little, or as this verse states, "from one degree of glory to another." While these changes take place, we still make mistakes, and God's forgiveness is always available to us through Jesus Christ. Receiving this forgiveness actually strengthens us and enables us to keep pressing on toward new levels of holiness and better behavior.
According to God's Word, we ALL fall short of the glory of God. We All make mistakes. the key is getting back up and running TOWARD Christ again. Not let our "failings get us down and allow Satan to make us start beating ourselves up about this and give up. We have to just start again anew, and ask God to continue to help us get closer to Him, and then do it.
I will say from experience that the more you talk to God, the more you delve in to His Word and the more you align and associate with other Christians the closer to God you will become.
If we truly want to please God, we must allow Him to work in us. We must ask Him to mold us into what He wants us to be. We must lean entirely on the power of the Holy Spirit to speak to us about the changes that are needed and bring them about in our lives. It takes both of us. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to let us know what needs to be changed and we ourselves must put the effort forth to change.
There is not a single person who is made ready to be received into heaven. We All need to change. Yes, I've heard the saying that God loves and accepts us as we are. Yes, He loves us. He will NOT accept us as we are. From the moment we become true Christians ( who truly want to follow Christ), God begins to change us. He works on our heart. In His Word He even says that we are to "put off the 'old man' and put on the new". When we receive the Holy Ghost that is exactly what we are doing.
It isn't an over night happening, it is a process. It isn't magic, we have to put effort into changing. The Holy Ghost indwells with in us to teach us and to guide us in "how to live for God. Just because we are baptized in water and in Spirit, it doesn't mean we no longer have "free will". We still have to make choices. It's just that the Holy Ghost speaks to our spirit and nudges us in the right direction. If we ignore it and do the opposite and things go wrong, it's of our making because of the choice we made.
One of the ways we hear from God is we become uncomfortable in our spirit when are doing something that displeases Him. Any time the Holy Spirit wants to make a change in us or our behavior, all we need to do is surrender and He will go to work. Just say, "Your will be done Lord, NOT MINE.
When you have moments of God telling you to do something, but you want to do it another way, remember , God has seen the future. Another point I would like to remind us of is that we see us as we "are". God sees us as we will be when He finishes with us. He also has seen from the END to the BEGINNING. He knows what is best for us. He knows the outcomes. LET HIM BE YOUR GUIDE.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!