I can tell you right up front on a personal note; Spiritual Transformation is refreshing, and fun! Sound excited, well I am. My spiritual journey which I am still on, has been so much fun. It is incredible what you can do with a renewing of your mind.
When I learned not to stress about the little things and to turn the big stuff over to the lord, my health truly improved. My stress level dropped; oh, I still stress sometimes but not near as much.
In this post, I will dive into the biblical definition of Spiritual Transformation and look at the process. Yes, it is a process it not instant but genuinely worth the effort
What does the Bible Say about Spiritual Transformation?
In the Bible, transformation means “change or renewal from a life that no longer conforms to the ways of the world, to one that pleases God” (Romans 12:2). This is accomplished by the renewing of our minds, an inward spiritual transformation that will manifest itself in outward actions.
Through the gospel message of Christ, we learn “to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness” (Ephesians 4:22-24).
“For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are Children of God” (Romans 8:13-14).
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans: 12:2
Spiritual Transformation is a Journey/The Process:
It would be great if spiritual transformation were as easy as reading the above verse. Spiritual transformation is a journey; it would be easy if we could just read a book, see a counselor or coach, attend a conference, shed a few tears at an altar, memorize a few verses and just like magic you are a new transformed godly person.
Not that easy, often we tend to want a “quick fix” when we want God to fix things. We are not perfect; we will most likely go through trial and error.
You Commit to something, fail and confess then you re-commit and fail again and maybe you will recommit and fail again; then you wonder where God is, and you give up!
Here are some important truths that I have discovered during my transformation.
- Real, lasting spiritual change is a process. It can happen quickly but rarely does. A person could have a terrible experience like a near-death event; one can change almost instantly but will it be a lasting transformation?
- My greatest change came after my daughter’s death, I was retired and had plenty time off to think about my life and which way I wanted the remainder of my years to look like. For me, I think it will always be a process (one that I enjoy) because I can always improve.
- Spiritual change requires desire: You need to ask yourself; do I really want this change? How important is it for me to be a godly person? What is the price and how hard will it be? You need to know that spiritual transformation is a commitment.
- Spiritual Transformation requires discipline: Your desire should bring about discipline. I read daily devotions, it is a part of my morning routine which, now it’s automatic and of course, I stay in God's word daily.
- A close relationship with God is a must: The process of real change comes when we stop self-worship, get rid of the worldly thoughts and actions and begin to look to God for guidance.
- The Holy Spirit brings about spiritual transformation: Philippians 2:12-13 says, work out your salvation for it is God who is working in you, enabling you both to desire and to work out His good purpose. True spiritual transformation is enabled by the spirit of God which we receive as we act in obedience and faith.
- Spiritual Transformation is possible and assured): Sanctification is the promise by which the change of God has wrought with us, is worked out in our daily experience, is a lifelong – and sometimes painful – process. But we have the confidence that one day the transformation will be complete, and, “we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2). (Taken from DECISION magazine, May 2001 @ Billy Graham.)
Benefits of Spiritual Transformation:
1: Living Intentionally (on purpose): With all the distraction we have in this world living intentionally helps us stay on track with what is truly important; like discovering what our purpose really is, allowing the time and space for it to become; clear and present.
2: Feeling more inspired: A daily morning routine with time set aside for meditation, for reading an inspiring quote or text, helps us set the tone for the day, bringing hope and inspiration in our lives. I often after waking up, I ask myself what can I do for someone today; this gives me inspiration to find that someone.
3: Dump the bad habits: Unloading our bad habits bring about a wholeness. We should take stock in what we did today by taking a moment of reflection at the end of the day. Ask yourself; What were my challenges, and how did I deal with them? What could have been better? What do I need to let go of? Can I decide to try something different next time? Removing our unhelpful habits brings us to our wholeness.
4: Finding joy: Ask yourself; what can I be happy about and rejoice in? What did I do well today? Celebrating your strengths is very important and reduces or eliminates any guilt or low self- esteem. It brings us joy and helps us to achieve our goals.
5: Bringing More Focus to Your Life: Being aware of our thoughts, our words, and our actions during the day, as each one of them has an effect. This can be practiced anywhere, any time: while washing the dishes, responding to an email, driving the car, meeting a colleague etc. It brings a more realistic perspective in our life, being focused and fully present at any moment.
Summary: The process of Spiritual Transformation involves significant ethical change, not just in your outward behaviors, but in your character.
Colossians 3: 5-10 says, 5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[a] 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. (The Old You)
8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (The New You)
Wow! Sounds like a real challenge; doesn’t it? Well, it is.
Just stay in God’s Manual (Bible) for your instructions with the constant reading of the word and with true faith you will make.
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