How Christ changed me!
When I first became a Christian many years ago, my life was filled with many dirty things that I knew were displeasing to God. My problem was that I did not have the power to change – even when I wanted to change. I tried to change things in my life a lot of different times and a lot of different ways, but nothing ever lasted. I kept going back to living the way I had always lived.
However, the day that I was saved and Christ became real to me, my heart radically changed. I immediately learned that God was willing to give to me both the desire and the power to change my life.
That means we need to receive the Holy Spirit in order to make true, lasting changes in our lives. The moment someone becomes a Christian, God the Father gives us the Holy Spirit to permanently live inside of us, which gives us everything we need in order to make any change in our life. With the help of Holy Spirit and the power, God takes away all the old bad habits, weaknesses away and strengthens us to become new in Him.
The Holy Spirit not only gives us Godly desires, but He also gives us the power we need to help those desires be fulfilled in our lives. When we give our lives to the Lord, the Holy Spirit immediately begins to give us a hunger for the truth. With the Holy Spirit living inside of us, our desire to know Christ begins in our life. It is a supernatural work of God when the Holy Spirit helps us understand what the Bible is saying in a simple way.
As we read the Bible more, we learn about the things that please God and the things that do not please Him. As we read, the Holy Spirit gives us a new desire to do what pleases God and to get rid of all that do not please Him.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away. Behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Have you ever wanted to open your life up to Christ so He can change you? If not please pray this prayer for yourself:
Father, please help me allow your Holy Spirit to begin to show me all the ways He wants to enrich my life through His godly work in my life, and help me not be afraid to simply yield my life to Him so He can do exactly that – change my life according to Your desires. Amen.