What Is Spiritual Transformation?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
What happens when you live a life apart from God?
Many people have finally realized the futility of trying to live life on their own terms. They see how hard life is without having an advocate who loves us so much that He’s always looking out for our well-being. For this reason, many individuals have decided to go through a spiritual transformation and live the type of life God has envisioned for them from the time of their conception.
This may seem like a scary time in your life but look at it this way: Before today, you were driving on the wrong side of the road, unable to handle the speeding car as it made it’s way down the road. You ran into signs telling you which way to go while ignoring their messages, smashing into dividers that kept you from careening off the road while at the same time driving with a blindfold that took away all hopes for seeing the truth in front of you.
That may seem like a an extreme example of what life is like without God but let me tell you this, it isn’t far off from the truth. How often have you screwed up parts of your life and didn’t know which way to turn? How often have you gotten yourself into a bind and had no way of knowing what to do?
Like you, I too had trouble living a life apart from God. When I was younger, I thought I knew it all. I thought I was indestructible and could make my way down the road without any direction whatsoever but when I crashed, I realized I needed God to be there with me. I just couldn’t do it alone anymore. That’s when I realized I needed to transform my life with the awesome power of God’s love!
How about you?
Are you at the point where you’ve thrown your hands up and said… yes God, I surrender myself and give my heart to you?
Society today puts so much pressure on us to succeed and be happy but it doesn’t give us a roadmap on how to get there. That, my friend, is where making a spiritual transformation comes about. Society doesn’t make room for God in it’s plans for you.
In John 14:15-21, Jesus promises us, “I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Paraclete to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth whom the world can never accept since it neither sees nor knows him; but you know him, because he is with you, he is in you. I shall not leave you orphans; I shall come to you. In a short time the world will no longer see me; but you will see that I live and you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father and you in me and I in you. Whoever holds to my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and reveal myself to him.”
That is where you must make the decision to awaken the spirit within. You need to firmly grab hold of the unconditional love God has given you and make a turn for living the spiritual life that brings a much deeper happiness and joy. This way yo can forge a real and genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.
How To Make A Spiritual Transformation
“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.”
Now that you have come this far, your main question should be, “How do I make a spiritual transformation in my own life?”
The first and foremost idea regarding a spiritual transformation is that this is an opportunity given to you by Jesus. In Colossians 3:10, we see this in action, “And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
That new self is the key to your spiritual awakening. It’s a pathway the Lord has opened up for us but you need to open both your heart and mind to His calling. The change the Lord is calling us to make is a deep-seated ethical change that occurs within our outward appearance and goes straight down to our character.
It involves showing and bringing unconditional love to our fellow human beings which puts the emphasis on others instead of ourselves. In the age of selfishness, finding the true meaning of life comes from knowing God intimately.
Colossians 3:1-4 states this unequivocally, “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.”
Unleashing God’s power brings about a transformation so profound that it literally knocks the shoes off your feet! When you attune yourself to God’s vibration everything changes. You become the person God wants you to be.
So how do you get there? How do you make the impossible possible in a world that doesn’t value your soul?
Everything you do is part of the overall picture that brings the whole world together. You are part of a bigger picture but society conspires against you and your happiness if you don’t conform. They would rather have you stay set in your sinful habits and addictions.
That’s your cue to start the transformation. But before you can ride the horse you have to learn humility. This means it’s not all about you. Service and unconditional love are hallmarks of a spiritual transformation.
There are 4 models of transformation –
1- Fellowship – Your soul needs to connect with others. With this type of intimate connection with others, you learn how to live out the Gospel. The love one another challenge that God offers us changes our perception of how the world is supposed to be and gives us the impetus to make it a reality. The more we pray and support one another the closer we are in our walk with Jesus. 1 John 1:6-7 tells us this. “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 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.” Community brings accountability to all believers and through this community we have encouragement to keep us on the proper road of spirituality.
2- Discipline – Your spiritual journey is nothing without discipline. You cannot expect to transform your life if you lack discipline. That is where devotion, prayer, and meditation are so important. Our obedience to God is found in our fundamental attitude towards life. We find this in Jeremiah 17:7-8: “The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed. He will be like a tree planted by water: it sends its roots out toward a stream, it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green. It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.” This is what discipline offers us when we give ourselves with love.
3- Desire – If you want something bad enough your desire will take you there. God has put that desire in your heart so that you will know Him. It is the will to go deeper to know the real Jesus Christ. Everyone has the desire to know the true God. We carry this responsibility in our hearts to live out the faith that is required to know God. According to Dallin H. Oaks, “Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions. The desires we act on determine our changing, our achieving, and our becoming.” Desire leads us to finding God in everything we do. In fact, St. Augustine in the fourth century stated, “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
4- Faith – No matter how strong our desire or discipline is, faith is the most important part of any spiritual transformation. Faith is what moves us in the direction of God. It is what Author Christy Wimber says that “It takes faith to trust and walk in that each and every day. However, if you’re faith doesn’t continue to grow in your relationship with Christ, you won’t have the faith to see God’s Kingdom come not only in your life, but in the lives of those around you.” Faith is a gift given by God which is an action verb – which means it needs to be put in practice. Your transformation depends on it.
The Key To Spiritual Transformation
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.”
God is the key to your spiritual transformation. He opens up the world for you to experience it in all it’s glory. We are told to Colossians 3:1,“Set your heart and mind on the things above.” From there, our heart, mind, soul, body and relationships must be conformed to the image of Jesus Christ to have any hope of salvation.
The ultimate goal is to be Christ-like. That means, we must imitate Christ while rejecting everything around us which drags us toward ungodliness behavior. This means obeying God and denying thyself.
“Behold, the kingdom of God is within you…” Luke 17:21.
It’s all within you but you have to learn to unlock that power. If you want to experience the power of God in your life you must cultivate the consciousness of Christ.
According to Rev. Marty Blackwelder, “In order to reach that goal, and to reach our full potential in Christ, a transformation into the image of Christ must occur – a maturing, developing, evolving process must take place in our lives spiritually.”
A transformation takes time so we must allow our spirituality to mature and develop with time. Philippians 2:13 tells us: “For it is God which works in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” God needs time to bring this out, not because he cannot work through us but we are spiritually like babies and we must learn the ways of God through practice, prayer, and meditation. These experiences
We place ourselves under the divine influence of God. Kyle Idleman, teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky writes,“At just the right time there’s a God moment and their life collides with God’s Word and the power of the Holy Spirit.” This is how our spiritual transformation takes place.
Awareness is the final key to personal transformation. It is through self-discovery that we find God. Awareness is the state of being conscious of something. For us to live, we must be in constant awareness of His presence in our everyday lives.
Do you know He is there with you everyday? Do you know He is watching over you? Awareness of God’s presence is the foundation of the spiritual life. When you unite your faith with His presence, He raises your consciousness with a personal power that is prosperous in His spirit.
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