CHANGE IS NOT AN OPTION FOR THE APOSTOLIC
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).
Occasionally God does grant instantaneous victory, but more often He leads us through a process that requires obedience, faith, discipline and time.
Spiritual change requires desire:
We need to ask ourselves: Do I really want to change, or am I content to remain as I am? How important is it to me to be like Jesus? What price am I willing to pay to be godly? Because it's going to cost you something.
Deep within God’s children is a desire to please Him. That desire is nurtured by prayer (acknowledging our dependence on Him) and by meditation on Christ, the object of our desire. As I read the Scripture and gaze on the Lord Jesus, I long to be like Him,humble, holy, compassionate, surrendered to the will of God, sensitive to the promptings of the Spirit.
When our desire to be holy is greater than our willingness to stay where we are, we have taken a big step toward spiritual transformation.
Spiritual change flows out of an intimate relationship with Jesus:
We should want to love and please Jesus, our motivation should be to obey Him and to make the choices that please Him. The process of true change takes place as we are weaned from our love and worship of self, pleasure and this world; and our hearts become wholly devoted to Christ.
Spiritual change requires discipline:
Discipline for the purpose of godliness is not the same as self effort. Rather, it means consciously cooperating with the Holy Spirit – yielding to Him so that He can conform us to the image of Christ. The problem is, we want the outcome without the process. We want victory without the warfare.
Spiritual change is possible (and assured) because of the new life we received when we were born again According to God’s Word, at the point of regeneration we became, “a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).