Follow through the transformation series with Christian Transformation-2 that will help you develop the real you in Christ.
It's easy to say we should look to God for developing our lives, but how do we do that? By attending church, Bible studies, and holding prayer groups? Those are all good answers, but there's a little more involved. You need to spend private time with God to get to know who He is and to develop a relationship with Him. In the process, you'll get to know yourself and what you really want.
Seek After God's Desire For You
we spend time with God that we learn what's best for us and why we can
to receive it without struggling and putting ourselves under stress.
Life is busy with careers, higher education, bringing up our children, making our marriages work and giving our time to our churches and community organizations. It's not easy to give God the attention He deserves. We find it way too easy to overlook Him in favor of all our busy activities--even Christian activities.
So how can we daily find the time for spiritual growth to express the shining light of God's presence in us?
Simple, we rest in Christ. He already did all the hard work for us that we need done in our lives, so it is possible for us to take time out for God without our lives falling apart--we just find it difficult to trust God that this will happen. This means that we are trusting ourselves over God's Word, causing our faith not to work.
If you're experiencing difficult times, financial loss, health problems, this could be the reason why. You are not giving God's word first place in your life. When you do, you'll be acting upon God's truth for your life with positive results. This is what Christian Transformation is all about, trusting God for inner growth to realize outer changes in your life.
So we really don't have the time to be too busy for God. When you consider that God created our lives and desires to be with us and guide us, why would He make us too busy to share our time with Him?The answer: He didn't! Trusting Him will actually make our time more productive and our lives successful.
transformation begins to flow through our lives
when we rest in Christ and let go of who we are. Spiritually we die to
ourselves and allow God to build our characters and develop us through
for the sake of the Kingdom.
CHRISTIAN TRANSFORMATION LEADS TO KINGDOM LIVING
We need to stop relying upon self, but upon God. Proverbs 3:5-10 tells us to do just that with the promise of success, long life and financial prosperity. But for those who take pride in their intelligence and their ability to always win in life "their way" this can be difficult, but I can assure you that if you "lean not upon your own understanding" the rewards will be great, including a peace that you will continue to prosper because you are moving in God's direction instead of your own.
"That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ," Colossians 2:2.
Colossians 3:10 says that the new man is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him. "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him." Knowledge is the key word here, and it comes through seeing something and acknowledging it to be true for one's self.
Acknowledgment of God's understanding is an action we need to take to grow in our salvation. God does not zap us into His ways, because we have a free will. It is up to us to live the fullness of our salvation or to let it remain inactive so to speak.
Once you allow God to work in you, He'll be able to work through you. You will be able to work through God's ability and succeed at attaining your dreams beyond what you can imagine at the moment--even if you consider yourself to be a person of great intelligence!
By God's grace, you can live by His understanding and with it comes "rest." While it may be difficult at first for you to trust in God's ways by acknowledging your success is because of the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, you will achieve the most fulfillment.
So when you question whether it's right or if it's possible for you to walk the path of Christian transformation, the only answer can be an emphatic, "YES." If God tells us to do something, then He gave us a way to accomplish it. It's that simple!
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