“You have begun to live a new life, in which you are being made new and are becoming like the One who made you. This new life brings you to the true knowledge of God.” Col. 3:10(NCV)
THE moment we accept Christ as Lord and Savior, a wonderful transformation takes place. He takes over our sins and gives us a new nature. Jesus never did anything wrong, but in our behalf, He took on Himself the sins of the world and gave us His righteousness. So now, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor 5:17(NLT)
JESUS gave us the Holy Spirit so as to cement the new relationship with God through Him. By the time we heard the truth of the message of our salvation and believed it, from then we are “sealed with the Holy Spirit of the promise” Christ did this so that our spirit may be alive and active in Him.
What the Holy Spirit does is to flood the ‘eyes of our heart‘ with knowledge to understand how great and awesome is the hope we have received in Christ and the riches of the glory of His inheritance of which we also share in.
AS our mind is being renewed, cleansed, and sanctified by the bathing of the water of the word, we need also to yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit. This will help to transform the old bruised and roughened self to a new Christ–like nature. The supernatural transformation is through a gradual process that takes place over time. “Our faces shining with the brightness of His face. And so we are transformed much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like Him.” 2 Cor 3:18(The Message)
GOD has not promised any person of a Christian walk that is without challenges. Nonetheless, God will not allow us to be crushed by whatever difficulties that may come our way. Instead of such obstacles to affect our Christian faith negatively, we can use them to build our spiritual strength and capacity. Moreover the Holy Spirit is ever present to give us hope and relief from stress because His presence is always with the elect just as He was with the Israelites in the wilderness.