FAITH INITIATES CHANGE

Posted: August 9, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

– 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Our faith walk with Christ is a continuous process of transition from something old into something new. Every age and stage of development, as we walk by faith, requires us to experience a process of change that requires faith in order for us to continue to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have. Ephesians 1:3 teaches us that God has already provided us every spiritual blessing in Christ in the heavenly realms, but as we live in this world, we learn how to access all that God has provided us as we shed the old ways of thinking and living to accept the new things God desires to do in us and through us as we walk with Him by faith. From the moment of our confession of Christ conversion, we have been on a journey, like Abraham, greatly anticipating the fulfillment of God’s promise to us to make us better, new, holy and perfect in the manner He outlines it in His word.

Abraham’s journey required him to leave comfortable, familiar surroundings that also brought about a name change from Abram to Abraham. This tells me that sincere faith will result in change. The greatest changes, however, will not necessarily come from anything external, as much as it will be the working of God’s mighty strength to change us internally. “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:16, 22-23a, 24-25 NIV During the process of his 25 year sojourn with God towards the destiny God prepared for Abraham to step into, Abraham became stronger, not weakening in his faith, because he was persuaded, fully convinced, that God would do what He promised. As we walk by faith, continuing in prayer, reading and reflecting upon God’s word to obey it, we are being transformed as we transition from our old selves to the new person in Christ God has destined us to become!

“See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declare; before they spring into being I announce them to you.” – Isaiah 42:9 NIV Before Abraham encountered his destiny, God announced it to him intimately first. The Creator of the heavens and the earth initiated an intimate, personal relationship with Abraham, as He has done with those who believe. God’s word is His announcement to us, as He announced to Abraham, His plan to do new things in us and through us for the display of His splendor! Through faith in Christ, God desires to lead us into the fullness of life (promised land) Christ came for us to have that reflects the ‘immeasurably more lifestyle’ the Apostle Paul declared we would encounter as we allow God’s power to work in us according to Ephesians 3:20.

May God bless you and help you to experience every new thing He has destined for you to encounter as you keep in step with His Spirit to step into the destiny of the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

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