Transformation

Theory

It's a good thing the Church doesn't burn people at the stake anymore. If they did, I would have been exposed as a heretic long ago. People in the Church business don't usually take kindly to this.

This is one of the most extraordinary parts of the Lord's plan. The Lord will not lose one of His sheep. That means that every one of the Lord's children will be saved. And the seed He plants in you? It's an incorruptible seed, and His will is that His seed will grow and flourish.

Watchman Nee tells a story about a Chinese farmer who came down to the city to attend a revival. The Lord saved him, and he went home to his mountain village. He had no bible, no church, and no Christian friends. Years later, when Watchman Nee met the farmer again, the farmer was full of the Lord's Love, Joy, and Peace.. How could this be?!? The farmer never studied the scripture to show himself approved! He never went to church! He never tithed a tenth of his increase! The answer is, he loved the Lord.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not recommending you drop out; you need to let His works flow out of you. I'm telling you all this because I believe strongly that the Lord is fully in control. And merciful and gracious besides. He died for you. He calls you. He saves you. He transforms you. It's a one way deal. I almost feel like 'Don't worry.. Be happy!'.

Transformation is both a one-time event and a lifetime process. Your new heart and new mind are the one-time event. It will take you a lifetime - or more - to readjust to your new self.

I met a pastor years ago (His name was George Mundel) who gave me advice I'll never forget. He said that everything that touches my life is the Holy Spirit conforming me to the image of Jesus Christ. I think of that every time I am disappointed in something. Another teacher that had a big impact on the way I view transformation was Jean-Pierre de Caussade. Jean-Pierre was a spiritual director to a group of nuns in France around 1730-1750. His book Abandonment to Divine Providence is full of something he called the sacrifice of the present moment, that every moment is a sacrifice to the Lord. Highly recommended. Jean-Pierre was a very wise man.

Everything that touches your life is the Holy Spirit conforming you to the image of Jesus Christ.

Practice

Disengage your rational mind. Get into the mind of your heart. Locate His presence. Rest in His Love. Stay there. If any thoughts distract you, look over their shoulder and relocate His presence. If you journal, write it down.

Foundation

1 Peter 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Disclaimer

Hi. My name's Peter, and I'm a bookaholic.
Actually I'm a reformed book junkie. If it seems like I quote a lot of authors, it's because I've read a lot. A few years ago, I got stopped in my tracks by this. I was reading one day, and ran across:

'Don't read too many books. Reading takes your eyes off of the Lord.' - an anonymous Syrian monk.

That's the day I decided to stop reading about the Lord, and focus on a relationship with Him.