Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Spiritual Transformation and a Deeper Walk of Faith

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L.D. Turner

Gradually, through my personal experience, I have at last come to the conclusion that perhaps the most significant aspect of the process of personal change occurs right at the beginning. We may have many fits and starts, take a step forward and two backwards, but real progress only starts when we, deep in our spiritual heart, come to truly believe and accept that in Christ, we are new creations. Once we fully take this truth on board, real miracles can begin to occur. Until we do, our progress will be at best, tenuous.

One vital aspect of our new identity in Christ is that the Holy Spirit lives in us, shines in us, and reveals to us things of which we were previously unaware. In addition, we are also empowered to make the positive changes necessary to make our lives more fulfilling, rewarding, and aligned with God’s will and purpose. This does not mean that we will no longer have struggles, trials, and difficulties dealing with our old, habitual way of living. We will. However, by truly accepting our status as new creations we are assured of victory.

Lying dormant inside of every man, woman, and child is a power that is more potent than you might imagine – a power that can literally change your life in many ways. In order to activate that dormant power, you first must come to believe, really believe, that it exists. To some extent, this divine power works whether you believe it or not and even if you are not conscious of its existence. But when you become aware of it and believe in it, it is like a turbo charger has been placed on your ability to effect positive change in your life, so long as this change is in keeping with God’s principles.

Please understand that God did not create you to grovel in the dirt like some miserable worm. In the past, some Christian sects have taught that you must always keep before you the fact that you are a lowly, miserable sinner and that nothing in you is worthy of even a second glance from our Holy God.

Unfortunately, this kind of teaching has run rampant in the Body of Christ and, like a sick, festering tumor, it has reached rather deep into the collective Christian psyche. It is a shame and a tragedy beyond belief and I am sure that somewhere in the bowels of Hell, Satan is chuckling that he didn’t even have to lift a finger to cause this state of affairs. We gave up our power voluntarily, due to our own faulty theology.
Those who believe that humankind consists of a collection of miserable, sinner-worms do a great dishonor to Christ. Through this negative theology they discount the great work accomplished by Christ on the cross and only pay lip service to the sanctification granted by the Resurrection of the Master. Again, it is a shame and a slap in the fact of Christ who gave so very, very much for us.

The reality is that as Christians, we are part of a holy, powerful family of which Jesus was the “first of many.” No, we are not what Jesus was, an incarnation of God. But, through the gift of his life, mission, death, resurrection, and ascension, we have become powerful beings with the divine potential to be like he was. Jesus was our divine prototype and he gave us the authorization and the power source (the Holy Spirit) to do “even greater works.” No my friend, you are no sniveling little legless piece of flesh, living in the dirt. You are, instead, a new creation in Christ and a child of God.

If you don’t understand, accept, and apply this divine fact, your life will be much more difficult. The question before you involves a matter of choice. Will you be a sluggish believer, slogging your way through life satisfied with mediocrity and the status quo? Or, will you choose to reach out with an open hand and an open mind and accept the gifts the Master has already arranged for you? Will you settle for a life of “just enough” to get by? Or, will you seize your divine power and authority as a child of the Living God and realize the great potential placed in you before you were even conceived?

It’s your choice and no one, absolutely no one else’s.

With these thoughts in mind, I encourage you to spend the next 21 days (you can do more if you wish, but try not to do less) making the following positive, declarative prayer over your life. It is entitled, A Prayer for Deeper Belief:

Lord, I trust your word and your word tells me that if I have faith, even faith as small as a mustard seed, then what I speak in that faith will come to pass. I thank you Lord for giving me this power and this privilege and I pray that you increase my faith day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute.

I declare and proclaim in faith right now, at this very moment, that in Christ I am a new creation. The old has gone and the new has come. I also proclaim that I am single-minded and that any vestiges of doubt, known and unknown, are removed from my heart and I go forth in confidence as a child of the Living God, declaring blessing over my life and that of my family. I trust in the power of faith that fills my spoken word and, just as the Father’s word does not return empty, neither does mine.

I firmly believe in these divine principles because they have been laid down by the Master, the very matrix through which the world and all that is in it was created.

In the name of Jesus I pray…

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