Rock Solid Foundations #3

 

 

 

 

Rock Solid Foundations – Transformation 103

 

By:  GNGF Pastoral Board

 

The title of this lesson is transformation.  We want to help you grow in your newfound relationship with Jesus Christ.   The Bible teaches us that all men and women were born with a sin nature since Adam’s fall but by accepting Jesus Christ into our hearts, our spirit became born again.  We are now partakers of the divine nature.  And we have been made alive to God and filled completely with the spirit of God.  It is out of my spirit that I commune with God.  However, I am not only a spirit, but God created me as a 3-part being.  I have a spirit, a soul and I live in a flesh body.  1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NKJV) states:  “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

God’s spirit dwells within my spirit in total completion.  It is out of my born again spirit that I commune with God. (It is the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead Romans 8:11) My soul is made up of my mind, will and emotions and I live in a flesh body which the scriptures declare has become the temple of the Holy Spirit.  It is in the soul realm of our minds, will and emotions, where we are in need of healing and transformation.  Our thinking needs to be changed and renewed by the Good News of Jesus Christ and the finished work.  As a result, our physical bodies will also come into wholeness and health as our soul is changed with the renewing of our mind through the fullness of the Word of God.

 

3 John 1:2 (NASB) states:  “Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.”  In all respects is a Greek word Pas which means IN EVERY PART OF YOUR LIFE, may you prosper and be in health as your soul prospers!  Our soul, which is made up of our mind, will and emotions, prospers as it is transformed by the Word of God. 

 

The Holy Spirit is changing our thinking into Kingdom thinking.  Romans 12:2 (NLT) states:  “ Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”

 

But I thought I was a new person through the re-birth when I was born again?  Yes, you are a new creation in your spirit.  2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) states:  “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

 

We are also now the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.  2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV) states:   “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

 

 

 

If all things have become new, and I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, then how come it feels like I am still struggling with sin? 

 

What you are struggling with is the works of the flesh because of an un-renewed mind, not because of a sin nature!  Before you received Christ Jesus, your soul which consists of your mind, will and emotions was trained by your undisciplined, un-regenerate, sinful nature.  However, once we are born again, we no longer have a sinful nature.  Now, you are in the process of re-training and renewing your mind by the Holy Spirit of God who resides within your heart.  Our mind is renewed and transformed when we read, study the Bible, and listen to anointed preachers and teachers who are teaching the Good News of the Gospel of the New Covenant of Grace and the Finished Work of the Cross.  (We recommend GNGF podcasts, Joseph Prince, and Steve McVey)

 

Another key to transformation is confession.  You may ask, “Do I confess my sin for forgiveness?”  No, we are eternally forgiven past, present, and future. The sin issue has been dealt with when we when we believed in the once and for all (Hebrews 10) precious blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.  However, confession plays a significant role in the transformation and maturing process.  First, we must understand that no matter what fault or shortcoming we may find ourselves struggling with, God never disqualifies us from fellowshipping with Him as some have taught.  He loves us so much and He encourages us to come to Him when we are struggling with works of the flesh.  We confess not for acceptance into God’s presence, but so we are able to be transformed.

 

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV) states:  “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” 

 

We are encouraged to come to God as we are!  Religion has taught us that we must repent of our sins, say we are sorry and clean ourselves up before we come to our righteous, holy God.  However, we are made righteous by His blood and therefore we can approach His throne of Grace just as we are and confess our struggles to Him so that He can help us change by His grace.  You may say, “Lord, I keep doing this or that and I don’t want to!  I am sorry because I know that I have hurt you and others but I thank you that I am forgiven.  Lord, I don’t want to do this anymore and I am recognizing that I need your strength and grace to empower me to change this area of my life.  So change me by the power of your Holy Spirit, Amen!” 

 

Another key to transformation is confessing your faults to another trusted and mature believer. 

 

James 5:16 (KJV(NLT)) states:“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” 

 

Notice that we are encouraged to confess our faults to one another so that we may be healed.  This scripture does not tell us to confess our faults to each other so that we will be forgiven, because we are already eternally forgiven of all of our sins, past, present and future.  However, when we are struggling with faults, shortcomings and sinful behaviors we are encouraged to confess that weakness to another brother or sister who loves the Lord so that they can pray with us and so that our soul can be healed from whatever is causing us to continue with that destructive pattern in our lives.  Transformation takes place in our lives when we expose our weaknesses and bring them to the light by confessing them to another believer who will keep our confidence.   There is great victory and transformation for those who have utilized this method of complete honesty and transparency.  The truth is that we all have struggles and shortcomings and it is His grace and power that keep us on the right path!

 

Colossians 3:9-10 (KJV) states:  “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”

 

We encourage you to put on the new man by reading and meditating on a daily devotional or a passage of scripture every day.  We also provide a Bible Training Center and several small groups so that you can gain a better understanding of the scriptures, their context, and how to receive personal revelation while spending time in study in the Word of God, the Bible.

 

You have begun an exciting walk of faith and you are learning to live by the leading of the Holy Spirit.  Allow His anointed Word to change your mind, heal your soul and completely transform every part of your life so that “in all respects” you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers!  3 John 1:2 (NASB)

 

1.) What does it mean when we say that man is a triune or 3 part being?

 

God gives man a special anointing to clean themselves up.

 

Man has a spirit, a soul and lives in a body.

 

All of the above.

 

None of the above. 

 

2.) Once a believer is born again, do they still possess a sin nature?

 

Yes.

 

No.

 

3.) God wants every part of my life to experience His healing, transformation and goodness.

 

Yes.

 

No.

 

4.) Does the Bible state that when I receive Christ Jesus into my heart, I am a new creature, old things have passed away and all things have become new?

 

Yes.

 

No.

 

5.) When I got saved, were my mind and body made whole and complete?

 

Yes, my spirit, soul and body experienced complete transformation.

 

No, my spirit was made whole and complete and my soul and body are in the process of transformation.

 

6.) It is out of my ___________ that I commune with God.

 

Spirit

 

Soul

 

Body

 

7.) Why is it necessary to confess my faults and mistakes to a trusted, mature believer in Christ?

 

Because I don’t want to be judged or gossiped about

 

So that my soul can be healed

 

All of the above

 

 

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