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Recently in my Christian Education class several of my friends shared their testimony of how they came to know Jesus, and what it has meant in their life. As they shared about the power of God in their life, they spoke of the transforming power that revolutionized them, and how they are no longer the way they were. I love hearing stories like that! Don't you?
2 Corinthians 5:17 says - "Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether): the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold the fresh and new has come." Amplified Version
As I listened to testimonies of how people used to be angry, sad, depressed, lonely, overcome by fear, involved in things they shouldn't etc. until Jesus Christ came into their heart, I found myself in awe all over again of the greatness of God. I am so thankful that the God who created the universe has made a way for us to spend eternity with Him! And as we give our hearts to Him, He creates something new inside us that is completely fresh and new!
One friend in particular shared how she did not like to be touched...well, actually hugged. When she came to church the first time and saw people hugging she was thinking, "Nobody had better come up and try hugging me!" What I find interesting is seeing the transformation that only a good and loving God can do. She used to never smile and tried to not get hugged, but now she is a hugger, full of joy and laughter. Only God can do that!
I was a young girl when I gave my heart to the Lord and then grew up in church, but I still have experienced the same transforming power of God! I have seen Him at work in my heart and life from the beginning, and I know that He is continually crafting and molding me into who I need to be for Him. I am not the same person I was, and I am so thankful for that.
Everyday we have the opportunity to follow Christ wherever He leads us. We have the opportunity to allow the continual crafting process in our hearts, if we say yes to whatever He has for us. As we are obedient to His Word, He continues His transformation in our hearts and minds.
So let me encourage you to not just read God's Word, but make sure that you are obeying His Word. He has a wonderful plan for our lives if we just say YES!