A Year of Slow and Steady Transformation ~ blog

In his excellent book, Atomic Habits James Clear is clear from the start. The bottom line is we should not set goals especially if the goals we set are somewhere down the road and we may not ever get there. Getting there is done by having a strategy or a plan of what you will need to do to reach your goal. Goals without strategies are usually pipe dreams that never truly bring the change we want.

So, my goal for 2022, and I hope your goal as well is to live a life of increasing purity. After years of being addicted to porn and sex when my secret life of sexual sin was discovered and disclosed it was not the end of my life. It was the end of my death because as we all know…

“…the wages of sin is death…”

And I had been experiencing a long and shamefully slow death as my addiction grew deeper and my shame went higher. You know that feeling as well…which is why you are reading this blog post or listening to this podcast.

What I have learned over the past 16+ years of my own recovery and by helping thousands of other men by developing a biblical and Christ-centered approach is that having the goal of becoming more holy or pure is nothing of value…unless you have a plan for that to happen.

Five frogs were on a log and three of them decided to jump off. How many frogs are on the log? Two? No five are on the log. Three of them decided to jump off but did not actually take the action of jumping off. So, deciding to do something without a plan or strategy that will help accomplish what you want to accomplish will only lead to another year of failure in this area that can really destroy your life if you do not begin to make the necessary changes.

Real change always takes time. Just ask the rabbit who watches the tortoise beat him again. We have several sayings that teach us this. Slow and steady wins the race. But we do not want slow and steady. We want instant change. Instant success. Instant Coffee. Full deliverance from our addiction by the power of God so we can get on with our life.

Yet here is what I tell men repeatedly. You can experience deliverance or at least believe it has happened. However, you still have an enemy within you called your flesh or sinful nature. You still have an external enemy…demonic forces and their leader who comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. And you are still living behind enemy lines. And it will not be until those things are eliminated and gone from us that we will truly be delivered…and delivered forever!

Until then we are going to need to know what we need to do daily which will begin to change us. The biblical word for this change we are seeking is the word transformation. It comes from the Greek word “metamorphosis” which is the actual letters of the Greek word made into an English word. And here is the definition of metamorphosis…
“…a change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.”

We usually think of a caterpillar that spins a cocoon around itself when it is just a grub. While in that cocoon the enzymes in the caterpillar dissolve the small grub into a liquid goo which as it changes from the liquid the caterpillar is no more and the butterfly is formed.

This is the work that God wants all of us to experience as we are in the process of being transformed. There may be spurts of growth as we learn more about God and His Word. However, this is not a work we can do on ourselves. It is the slow and gradual change that will take both God’s transforming us as we do the work He has told us to do, and we do that work in a community of other believers who are helping one another.

Jesus did not just ask Peter or John to follow Him. He built a team of 12 disciples, and they literally lived together 24/7 for about three and a half years. He formed them into a team who were going to be essential to helping begin the church and spreading the good news of His death and resurrection.

Now let me break this down for you…and this is true for every one of us who have been born-again by the Spirit of God and were saved by grace through faith when we asked Christ to be our Savior. We went from being dead in our sins and transgressions to become alive in Christ. We became new creations, but the work was not finished at that time…it was only just beginning.

Now think with me about what I will call the three parts of our salvation. The beginning of our salvation is called our JUSTIFICATION and happened the moment we accepted Christ to be our Savior and we become spiritually alive. God applied the shed blood of Christ on the cross to bring about the forgiveness of ALL OUR SINS. That happened at a point in time which for me was sometime in September 1972.

At that moment my salvation began, but it was only the beginning. The next stage which is the stage in which I am living now is called my Sanctification. It is the process where I am being transformed from the person I was when I was lost and dead in my sins. And am now being changed or transformed into a more Christ-like man. It has been about 18,005 days and I am still doing the basic things that we all need to be doing in order to grow in purity and become a more Christ-like person.

The third stage is called our GLORIFICATION. That begins the moment we die and go to heaven where we will live for eternity and will then be completely changed and delivered because in heaven we will have no sin nature, our enemy will be taken care of by our Lord, and this sinful world in which we have lived will be remade by God into the way it should be…free from all sin, all evil, and all disease.

So, I encourage all of us to not set goals we will not be able to reach and end up feeling like we have failed all over again. But let’s instead create a plan or a strategy that will slowly begin to transform us into Christ-like people. If you are ready…180 Boot Camp starts tomorrow.

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