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(By Dr. Charles Stanley)

TRANSFORMED INTO JESUS' IMAGE

1 Cor 15:45-49 bible.crosswalk.com/OnlineStudyBible
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Making the changes God requires can be difficult (Eph. 4:31-32). But through the sacrifice of His Son, our Father set free us from slavery to sin. Pondering all that Jesus underwent to secure our salvation (Phil. 2:6-8) will motivate us to adopt His ways.

Our mind is where transformation begins (Rom. 12:2), because the way we reason affects how we act. As the Holy Spirit helps us identify wrong attitudes and replace them with godly ones, we'll see our behavior start to change. Instead of being quick to anger, we will forgive others' mistakes because we remember how much we ourselves have been forgiven. We'll speak encouraging words in place of critical ones and will hold our tongue rather than share gossip. Our priority will be to follow the Savior's example.

Our heavenly Father has provided the Scriptures and the Spirit's presence to guide us. He's also given us brothers and sisters in Christ who are able to encourage and direct us. Mature believers can detect obstacles hindering our growth and point out adjustments we need to make. They can also identify spiritual gifts and areas of service we might have overlooked. I was greatly impacted by the biographies of godly men like Oswald Chambers, Charles Spurgeon, and Dwight L. Moody. As I read, I would see qualities in their lives that I wanted in my own. These traits formed the basis for many of my prayers.

Being transformed into Jesus' image is a lifelong process. Ask God to help you cooperate with Him in strengthening the family likeness.


BELIEVE, LIVE JOYFULLY, BREATHE DEEPLY, BE HOPEFUL, LAUGH!!!

"When I stand before God at the end of my life I would hope that I would have not a single bit of talent left and could say, 'I used everything You gave me.'" ~Erma Bombeck
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