by: Creflo Dollar
When you become born-again, something amazing happens; your spirit is immediately transformed and given new life, the eternal life of God. The Holy Spirit then takes up residence in your heart, or inner man. At that time, the character of Jesus is deposited on the inside of you; however, it does not immediately manifest. Your soul (the place where your mind, will and emotions reside) must first undergo a metamorphosis. Your old habits and thought patterns must be changed before Jesus’ character can be exhibited through you. However, it’s up to you to renew your mind and develop that character. Renewing, or transforming your mind, is vital to experience the fullness of your commitment to God. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The more you align your thoughts and actions with God’s Word, the more your character will conform to His. As you study and speak His Word over your life daily, you will be transformed from the inside out. Jesus told His disciples,” Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls (Matthew 11:28, The Amplified Bible). Jesus’ character expressed joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self control, and above all, love. These aspects of the fruit of the Spirit are the very same qualities you must strive to possess and which will be cultivated in your life as you spend time with God daily. When the world sees you expressing His love, they will want to know Him and experience His goodness! Becoming like Jesus is not easy in a world where we are constantly bombarded with people, circumstances, and situations that challenge our flesh. This is where our commitment to the Word must rise up strong. The fact that we have been made in God’s image means we have the potential and ability to demonstrate the character of Jesus no matter what we encounter. It simply takes a decision to allow His divine qualities to be seen in our lives. Once that decision is made it is supported by an ongoing commitment to renew our minds to the thoughts, purposes, and ways of God. Jesus was a man who walked in love, compassion, and purpose. He did the will of His heavenly Father. Jesus showed us that even though we are human, we can demonstrate the power of God in our lives and reach other people in a profound way. By becoming like Him we can make a mark in this world that can never be erased.
Scripture References: Romans 12:12, Matthew 11:28
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