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Obedience

Obedience is another Word that is stressed in scripture. We are commanded throughout to obey some 141 times throughout scripture. Why would we be asked to obey? When at home with your family you were expected to obey your parents. Why?  Because though we thought we knew better, they knew better and knew that in obeying them, they were teaching us values that would be profitable for our lives, now and future. And also by obeying them we were protected for injury one way or the other. Likewise, God in teaching us to obey is protecting us and teaching us values that will influence and keep us in Him for now and into eternity. And also in obeying Him He is protecting us physically from harm one way or another.
 
This is the key to living in Him. To be a Christian is not a matter of following rules and be fearful of a heavenly Father who holds a big stick above our heads. The Key to being a Christian, is to have a personal relationship with Him. When you are in a personal relationship with someone on earth, you are as a rule, doing all you can to be please to that one. Likewise, when we are in a personal relationship with Christ we ought to do what is pleasing to Him. And in so doing, He rewards us with treasures on earth and in heaven and much more joyful life as we walk the walk, and not just talk the talk.
 
So my friend, go forward this coming week, and enter into a close fellowship with Him, and watch and see how He draws to you.
 
Go with Him and have a great week.
 
Andre

Metamorphosis - The Transformation of a Believer

Romans 12:1-2:

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
(King James Version)


When I think of the word transformed, I am reminded of Transformers, the kid’s toys which can be twisted from one form to appear as something else.

For example a humanoid looking robot can be twisted and transformed to look like a fighter jet or a car.

Metamorphosis is another word which conjures up the image of transformation.

We are all familiar with the metamorphosis of the Monarch Butterfly which goes through a few transformations from the egg stage to the adult butterfly.

Another transformation is the complete change of a tadpole which eventually loses its tail, grows legs and no longer breathes with external gills.

The last stage of a tadpoles transformation of course is an adult frog.

The word Transformation comes from the ancient Greek word “Metamorphosis.” Which means a transformation, a marked change in appearance, character or function.

Turn to Rom. 12:1-2 and let us read what Paul wrote about the word Transformed.

From the New King James Version we read; ``Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. “

From this reading we see that Christians are involved in a kind of metamorphosis.

The difference however is that we do not change outwardly in appearance once we believe, but rather our transformation begins the moment we believe the gospel message.

What happens at that moment is a miracle which involves the Holy Spirit and is called Sanctification.

You are at that moment changed in a moment and are set apart as a child of God into His Kingdom.

That is not all that happens at that point.

At that moment you are born again, the Holy Spirit begins an inside job in you.

He begins a cleaning within you, changing you, transforming you gradually to become more and more like Jesus.

That is, your old ways begin to change. Your way of thinking begins to change. You are no longer concerned for the things of the world but thinking more and more of the things of God and our eternal destiny with Him.

A character change in other words begins and continues until we are perfected and taken home to be with Jesus.

As Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 5:17,”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (King James Version)

The prophet Ezekiel likewise wrote regarding the Jewish nation, that God will one day:


Eze 36:26-27: “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” (King James Version)


God is likewise doing the same thing to us.

He gives us a new heart, He puts a new spirit within us, He takes out our old sinner’s heart of stone and replaces it with a new heart, one which is in harmony with His ways.

We no longer desire to be conformed with the ways of the world, but desire to be transformed and following and obeying His ways.

Instead of being conformed to the ways of the world we are gradually being conformed instead to the “image of his Son.” (Rom. 8:29 King James Version)

Paul again reminds us of this gradual transformation in 2 Cor. 3:18 "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.“ (King James Version)

Though this metamorphosis is a work of the Holy Spirit working in us, we have our own part to do as well.

Just as your muscles will not grow if you do not exercise them, our spiritual growth also needs a spiritual workout.

We do this with daily with time spent reading and studying His Word and meditating on what we are learning.

This is also accomplished in our talking with Him in prayer and in associating and spending quality times with other fellow believers, not only here in the church building but in other situations as we gather together in fellowship through various other get-togethers.

We grow closer to God as well when we put into practice the things we have learned through His Word and as we listen to His still soft voice speaking to us, guiding in our day to day living.

Listen to this quote from Oswald Chambers: QUOTE
The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of Sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God`s perspective. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the nature that controlled Him will control us. Are we prepared for what that will cost? It will cost absolutely everything in us which is not of God. The resounding evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life is the unmistakeable family likeness to Jesus Christ, and the freedom from everything which is not like Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s work in us? When I pray, Lord show me what sanctification means for me, he will show me. It means being made one with Jesus. Sanctification is not something Jesus puts in me; it is Himself in me….Sanctification means nothing less than the holiness of Jesus becoming mine and being exhibited in my life. Sanctification means the impartation of holy qualities of Jesus to me. It is the gift of His patience, love, holiness, faith, purity, and godliness that is exhibited in and through every sanctified soul. Sanctification is not drawing from Jesus the power to be holy, it is drawing from Jesus the very holiness that was exhibited in Him, and that He now exhibits in me. Sanctification is an impartation, not an imitation. Imitation is something altogether different. The perfection of everything is in Jesus Christ, and the mystery of sanctification is that all the perfect qualities of Jesus are at my disposal. Consequently, I slowly but surely begin to live a life of inexpressible order, soundness, and holiness “kept by the power of God. “ 1 Pet. 1:15
END OF QUOTE

God in His awesome power created some creatures to undergo a metamorphosis. In so doing we are witnesses to His almighty power and awesome beauty in creation. It is said in Romans that the heavens display the glory of the Lord.

Unlike the creatures of the world in their awesome beauty, God did something very special with us that He did not do in any other of His creations.

God created you, you, you, you and all of us whom are called of Him and have answered that call to bear His very image.

He loves each and every one of you with an everlasting love that is un- measureable to our limited mindset.

He has put within us all His very image and His very image includes the ability if we but grasp it and allow Him to work within us a transformation, a metamorphosis to change us from convicted sinners doomed to eternal death, to everlasting life, made perfect in His image to dwell eternally with Him.

If He can make creatures transform from one stage of life and cause them to be transformed into another awesome beautiful creature, what do you think He wants to do to your life whom He loves more than any other of His creations?

Are you ready to be morphed more and more into His image?

Then if so, take time each and every day to spend more time with him in his Word, in private one on one time with him in prayer, studying and immersing yourself in His love letter to you.
David when he wrote one of His Psalms wrote: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Ps. 51:10 King James Version)

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence O Lord
Take not Thy holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation;
And renew a right spirit within me.

(Lyrics: Keith Green)

LET US SING “Change My Heart O God” page 654 in our hymnals:

Change my heart, O God

Make it ever true

Change my heart, O God

May I be like You

You are the potter

I am the clay

Mold me and make me

This is what I pray

(Written by Eddie Espinosa)


Is God making a difference in you? Are you being transformed daily being morphed into His image? If not it could be that you are not spending any quality time with Him, or perhaps you are Grieving the Holy Spirit.

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph 4:30-32 King James Version)

Now is the time, the day of salvation of redemption, of transformation. Again,

Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from Thy presence O Lord
Take not Thy holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation;
And renew a right spirit within me.

(Lyrics: Keith Green)

God Bless

Andre

 

 

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Resources

Audio file: Gerald Boisvert on Voices for Christ: The Fear of the Lord

 

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The Thrill of Obedience by Francis Chan