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The new month has begun…almost mid-month actually!July cold has set in quite early this time round…A mere sweater doesn’t help.It’s freezing!!!…Anyhow despite the weather,my amazing readers and faithful followers…How are you?…I wish I could hear your responses…I trust you are all doing great and the Lord has been faithful to you thus far.Can you imagine we are halfway through the year 2018?!…Reason enough to thank God right?…

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I once observed a roach moult…ya right!Disgusting!…I hate roaches…and not just roaches but all crawling insects give me the chills!!!…This was a ‘special’ day I must say,stumbled onto a moulting roach!…I did not freak out this time but instead decided to watch it…never seen one moulting anyway,after which I had to spray it dead.Was it an easy and fun process?…No!

What is moulting?The dictionary definition is, shedding old feathers,hair/skin to make way for new growth.In order for that roach to grow,it had to shed off old skin to pave way for new growth.It is said of birds that whenever they moult,their productive physiology is allowed complete rest from laying as it builds its body reserve of nutrients.

Where am I going with all this moulting business?…Transformation.This is the most difficult process,yet the most rewarding.Take for instance a drug addict in rehab,the withdrawal symptoms are so severe…A porn addict too has withdrawal symptoms…What of one suffering from anorexia or bulimia?…I mean transforming from such kind to a better man is never an easy process,confusion,stalling,loss,failure but at the end of it all,it is through you that lives are transformed and people realize that despite being in such a dark pit there is hope!…(I must mention beautybeyondbones blog…one of my favourite blogs.Go check it out!)

When you and I chose to turn our backs against the world and follow Christ,what happened?…There and then we became transformed by the renewing of our minds.Our old self was ‘shed off’ and new growth/new birth began.That season of transformation is never a ‘walk in the park’ infact that is when all manner of temptations rear their ugly heads,trouble hits us on every side…we are tempted to give in and give up and just tell God, “…Just this once…” then again…”Just this once,no one will know…” and the cycle continues…Before you know it,the destructions of the world kill your Zeal for God like I did with the roach.We all go through such terrible phases but to be honest it breaks the heart of God.Absolutely!

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2

Whenever we choose to follow Christ,Paul clearly stipulates what happens to us in the above scripture.We are transformed by the renewing of our minds.How?

  • Through prayer
  • Through consistent Bible study and
  • Through fellowship

It is a process.

Pray that God helps you as you begin this journey,present your request to Him.In any case you cannot hide your struggles from God,He already knows.

 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. (Hebrews 4:13-15)

Through fellowship we get to sharpen one another,share in our weaknesses and rejoice in our strengths.It is through fellowship that we are sharpened as ‘Iron sharpens Iron.’ Those who have gone ahead of us help us wade through mucky waters.The beauty of fellowship is accountability.Nothing is as important as this especially for New Believers.

And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Look at that!In fellowship you are able to cheer each  other on towards love and good works as well as exhorting one another.How can all this be achieved through the word of God.Alive and Active,sharper than any double edged sword.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16,17)

The Word of God is all-rounded.It teaches you what this Christian walk is all about,rebukes your diversion from The Way,corrects you whenever you go wrong and trains you in righteousness in order for you and I to not be merely Christians but Christians in our words,deeds and attitudes…even our thought life is sanctified whenever we dwell in The Word.

Transformation as a New Believer to a mature Christian requires intentionality in prayer,fellowship and the study of the Word.

My greatest prayer is that we get to a point where we acknowledge His relentless love that drew us in a way that we could not resist but surrender to Him and that we get to a point where we can confidently tell God,

“I am wide awake,despite my fears,my anxieties,my frustrations and pains through this Christian journey,I am wide awake to your grace that stirs me up.All my heart is yours.”

I am wide awake…All my heart is yours.

 

 “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. (Acts 20:32)

Amen.

 

Have an amazing week ahead!

 

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