Posted: August 16, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

– Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV

There is a dual transition occurring as we encounter the process of walking by faith with God. Upon our initial confession-conversion encounter, we are transitioning into Christ from our former way of thinking and living. As we transition into Christ, we are transitioning into the new life God has destined us to step into as we walk by faith. It is God’s desire for us that we become more like Him as we walk with Him, by faith. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son.” – Romans 8:29a NIV

What may be lost, sometimes, in our desire to experience something better and new in life, during the process of our transition into Christ, is God’s desire for us to become like Jesus. There is something extraordinary that God desires for us to experience, through faith in Christ, that requires us to participate in an interactive, intimate relationship with the Creator of the heavens and the earth. “And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.” – Romans 8:11 NIV The same power God displayed through the person and presence of Jesus Christ, God desires to see fulfilled in and through us after we confess Christ. “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts.” – Ephesians 3:16 NIV

Transitioning into Christ starts with the internal belief and external confession of Christ as the Son of God raised from the dead, that continues as we invest quality time reading and applying the grace and truth of Jesus Christ found in God’s word. ” Therefore, I urge you, brothers in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God.-this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:1-2a NIV Belief in Christ alone is insufficient in being able to experience the process of  transitioning into Christ, because the bible teaches faith without works (actions) is dead. Transitioning into Christ initiates an interactive relationship that illustrates the Apostle Paul’s encouragement for his readers to grow up in their salvation. “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling.” – Philippians 2:12b NIV God expects us to allow what He began inwardly to show outwardly by allowing the person, presence and power of Christ to manifest in and through us.

May God bless you and help you to continue to transition into Christ, as you walk by faith, to experience the fullness of life Christ came for us to have.

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