What is Our Part in Being Transformed? blog
Most of us know that our being saved has three phases.
Phase One is Called Our Justification – This happens the moment we accept Christ as our Savior. We are born again by the Spirit and become new creations in Christ. We have been taken from being dead in our sins and transgressions to being alive in Christ. His death has paid for all of our sins and we have become children of God and will remain so forever. This is something we can be certain about because we have been sealed with the Spirit as God’s guarantee of our inheritance in heaven. All this happened the instant we placed our faith in Christ and all of it was the Work of God. He did that actions and we received the free gift of salvation.
Phase Three is Called Our Glorification – This happens the moment we die or are raptured when Christ returns for us. This also will happen at a point in time and will be completely done by God. He takes the action and we receive the benefits. This is the work of God for us and we simply will passively receive what He will do.
Phase Two is Called Our Sanctification – This is the phase in which we are currently living. The difference between this phase and the other two is that it is something that both God and we work on together. This is where transformation happens, and it will be the result of both the Holy Spirit and us doing the work TOGETHER DAILY.
We cannot transform ourselves and He will only transform us as we work together with Him doing the things that every believer must do whether they have a sexual addiction or not.
Herein lies the challenge. We want instant change. We have instant breakfast (I was a kid when that stuff hit the market and I used it to save time in the mornings.). Instant access to virtually all the information in the world via the World Wide Web. There are a lot of things that have become almost instant in our world … just ask Siri or Alexa. However, sanctification is not one of them. It is a long and slow process that takes consistency and work.
We know the Holy Spirit will do His part because He exists right inside of our bodies. It is not like we need to make an appointment with Him and have to travel to His office. We live every day in His presence and He is always available. No matter how bad you feel or how far you have fallen the Spirit is still in you and with you and for you. Like David wrote in Psalm 139:7-12;
“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in [f]Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
12 Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.”
So, step one in our being more transformed by the Spirit is to daily surrender our life to Him and offer to Him our body as a living sacrifice which is holy and acceptable to Him. Or as Paul writes in Romans 6:12-14;
“Therefore, do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”
Jesus made it clear that we are to do this when He said to His disciples that if we are going to follow Him, we must deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him. We skip the first two things and just want to ignore this denial thing. We do not want to deny ourselves. Instead, we want to;
indulge ourselves and take up whatever pleasures we may desire.
Returning to the altar of sexual sin will never lead you to be transformed by the Spirit because indulging in sin always leads to death but denying ourselves and following Christ always leads to life … eternal life.
Every day each of us has a choice to make. That choice is who do we want to be our master for today? If we present our bodies to sexual sin, we will continue to be a slave to impurity which only results in further sexual sin.
Paul ends Romans 6 with these powerful works;
“But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
So, Step 1 in our work for daily sanctification is daily surrendering ourselves and our bodies to God and asking the Holy Spirit to fill us. Step two will be tomorrow. Just be sure to do Step 1 today and every day.