God desperately desires to be with us.
Pastor Kelly Nelson continues our City Girl Retreat weekend by sharing a Word of what it means to be transformed into the image of Christ. She gave an overview of how God has always created ways for us to be close to Him – from the Garden of Eden, to the Ark of the Covenant in the tabernacle in the Old Testament, to sending His son Jesus to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sin so we can have access to God anytime, anywhere.
There is More
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
When we receive salvation, we are converted. We go through conversion – a new birth. But God has more for us – He wants us to be transformed. Sanctification is the ongoing supernatural work of God to be transformed to be like Christ. It’s a lifelong process.
Transformation requires revelation
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)
The world wants you to conform, but God wants us to be transformed. A totally new creation. We are not the same as we were before. The main two ways we become transformed is by reading and by hearing the Word of God. There is no other way to be truly transformed. And for the Word of God to transform you, you need to be organized and consistent in your reading of the Bible. When you commit to the process, you will have continual revelation of God’s truth in your life.
“Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” Romans 10:17 (NIV)
Revelation is not necessarily something brand new. It’s a personal revelation and understanding of God’s truth to your life. Transformation starts with you. We must pursue it if we truly want to be changed into the image of Christ. Once we transform our minds, then our actions will change, and our habits will change. Before we know it, our lives will be transformed.
Transformation requires true community
You have to be real with people, but you also need to be with people who understand the truth of God’s Word. It’s with genuine, Godly community that as we come close to one another, we also come close to God.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 (NIV)
Transformation requires the presence and power of God
God is the only one who is able to transform our hearts and lives. It’s not by serving in church, going to group, or going to church. We have to invite the Holy Spirit into every part of our lives. Or else we’ll just have good seasons of reading the Bible, going to group, etc. without it being a part of our daily lives. It becomes a cycle instead of a lifestyle.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NIV)
Whatever you are lacking in, you can ask God: I want more. Do you have that heart’s desire?
The more of God is available to you.
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