~ Romans 12:2~ Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God's WILL is~ his good, pleasing and perfect will.
~ Being transformed means making a complete change from who you are right now! It doesn't begin as an external change, it begins from within! Once you change who you are on the inside, a ripple effect takes place and it becomes noticeable to people.
We know its not about trying to please people...
but you won't be able to help it...
it will be noticed.
The problem most people have is not being true to themselves.
They put on an act and don't realize that they are only fooling themselves.
Reality will eventually kick in and you will begin to realize that the only way to change is to get to the root of the problem.
Changing can be very difficult for people because it requires WORK...
and honestly, when you begin to really get close to God and you start to look at yourself...
you realize there's a lot of work to be done! Especially if a lifestyle of sin is all you have ever known.
Infidelity, adultery, drunkenness, smoking, lieing, and the list goes on.
We all have something within us that isn't pleasing in God's eyes...
until you are saved! So, am I saying that when we are saved, we don't sin anymore? When you accept God as your Lord and savior, you now have God's covering over your life.
This is the purpose of prayer and meditating on the Word of God.
It renews you daily and you are equipped with the armor of God.
So, when you are faced with day to day challenges, it won't be difficult for you to say "no", turn and walk away, or greet your brother or sister in LOVE instead of anger.
Gods grace is TRULY on your life.
If you see someone who is constantly living a sinful lifestyle and they aren't making any kinda effort to change...
something is missing! If you seek his face, you will not remain the same! I'm not saying Christians are perfect, but those that have a true relationship with Christ don't PRACTICE sin.
Now, back to the process of Change! It begins in the mind! The devil knows there are some weak minded people.
They don't know the bible, they just hear what is being said by someone else and they take it for what it is.
This is why so many people are deceived...
they go to church and HEAR the word, but when church is over, they leave it there.
Now, how is the word going to help you if you leave it at church.
Start taking it HOME with you! What happens when you start changing? Your friends and family starting looking at you funny and don't want to talk to you anymore.
That is if they aren't saved...
not a good feeling is it! Man, you losing friends and your family don't like you.
God wouldn't do this! What's more important, pleasing God or pleasing your family.
BOTH! God is the one who holds that family together..
Think About It! Yes, I know, it gets real sticky! You can't get drunk or high with your friends anymore because they're talking about you and saying you suppose to be all HOLY..
You can't listen to certain music and you have to be careful what kind of movies and TV shows you watch.
Breaking yourself from the habits listed above is not to harm you...
its to protect you! God wouldn't say save sex for marriage because he doesn't want you to get married.
That's to save you from a whole lot of hurt and pain! Yeah, people get married and still divorce, but at least you did it God's way! Now, there are a number of reasons marriages don't work, but please make sure you and your partner are equally yoked.
If you're saved and he still going to clubs and getting high...
honey, that's not equally yoked.
Now, as a wife, you can live a Christian lifestyle and hope that man see's your walk with Christ and eventually decides to accept him as Lord and Savior.
What I don't won't you to do is look at Christianity as being boring.
There is NOTHING boring about being a child of God.
Seeking God brings you Love, Joy, Happiness, Peace, Strength, Wisdom, Discernment...
all the things the WORLD didn't give you and can't take away! We still go to theme parks, museums, football and basketball games...
the only difference is, Christ is OUR savior.
We pray to him and we worship him.
If you are in the transformation stage of your life and you find you sometimes get off course...
Get up, dust yourself off, and keep on going.
God see's your FAITH and knows exactly where you are if you are truly seeking him! So, be honest with yourself and seek God! I pray you find a bible based church and find friends that love the Lord just as much as you do!