The yet-to-be transformed believer – Part 3
Beloved, if you claim to be a Christian but is still carnally minded and after the things of the world, it is an indication that you have not yet been transformed although you profess Christ. If the concern for the flesh is still prevailing in your life in such that you are drenched and drowned in sin, your daily life is all about struggling to escape from sin instead of fighting under Christ’s banner against sin, you are not yet transformed and therefore cannot please God. If you are for Christ and are transformed it means that you have entered into a new existence with a new mindset, new heart, views, principles, new tastes, affections, likings, new disliking, new fears, joys, sorrows, new love to things once hated, new hatred to things once loved, new impression about God, new thought of the life to come, salvation and purpose of your life. If all these newness have not taken root in your life, it is an indication that you are yet to be transformed in Christ and thus cannot stand for God.
Matt.18:23, says; “Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.”
Here, Jesus put it clear to Peter that it appears he was more concerned about what pleases man, and flesh, than what pleases God. If Jesus did not die for us at the cross of Calvary, could we have been saved? If Jesus had agreed with Peter, and said He was not going to die, the whole world would have been lost. Some of the things you are passing through today, which some people see as suffering, are the instruments God is using to draw many people to Himself, and makes them to become real Christians. The instruments are meant to transform us, make us more prayerful and help us develop genuine faith in God and have more love for God.
Matt. 16:24 says; “Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
Anybody who as a result of the things of this world loses site with God, will miss the kingdom of God. If it is because of the things of this world, that you are no longer committed in the Church, participate in evangelical activities, intercessory prayers, etc, then you are not yet a transformed believer. If you have found pleasure for the things of this world, I want to let you know that it is clear evidence that you are a lost soul. If you think because of your wisdom, you won’t obey God, you won’t be serious, you won’t be spiritual, you won’t preach the word of God, and you think you can make it to heaven that way at the end of this life, I want you to understand you will regret at last if you are not transformed. When you serve the Lord and lose whatever you have here on earth or even your life the truth is that you are going to gain more because your life is secured in the hands of God than in the security of the world. This is the wisdom that controls the transformed believer.
1 Cor. 2:14 says, “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
What distinguishes a transformed believer from a yet to be transformed believer is the Spirit of God. The Scripture says that as many as are led by the Spirit, they are the Children of God. The man who claims to be a believer but is controlled by bodily appetites, and self-exalting spirit cannot commune with the Spirit of God, therefore, is bereft of the wisdom from above.
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