2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP) 18 And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit.
I always want to do the right thing, yet I find myself continually doing the exact thing I should not be doing. Why do I do that? Because I’m human. Many times, I choose to act myself when I think God is taking too long to get something done. Patience is not a gift that I possess – but it is something I am aware of and can work with God to possess.
My plan is always to pray about something and make good choices, but at the end of the day I feel that I fall short. The thing is, even though I know I fall short, I refuse to live in self-condemnation. I turn that self-condemnation into conviction. When we feel self-condemned it’s the devil telling us to feel guilty. When we decide to tell the devil to shut up because God is working with us to be a better person – that is conviction.
Romans 12:2 (AMP) 2 And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be [a]transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].
God transforms us into His character little by little. We change by making one small choice at a time. The way to transform is not just by stop behaving negatively but by starting to behave positively. We transform by turning bad habits into good habits. Replacing negative behavior with positive behavior.
We are changed by God’s grace – not our effort. So what is our part while we are being transformed? We must believe that God is working in our lives. God changes us sometimes in such small ways that we do not even realize transformation has taken place. We also can study God’s word as we go through transformation – not read the bible, but study the bible – read it for quantity not quality. Use the words of the bible to transform your life.
James 1:21 (AMP) 21 So get rid of all uncleanness and [a]all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls.
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen