Galatians 5:1; “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” NKJV
The following is a reflection of all the sermons we have preached over the last year.
If we question whether change was possible for everyone whom has given his or her life to Jesus Christ; the Father’s reply would be: “I have only one plan, that my children are conform to the image of my Son Jesus.
And so the question is asked; is change possible? Folks…that’s what it’s all about! That’s what Christianity is – it’s the process of becoming somebody God has made us to be…in His image. We’re children of God, now we are becoming like Christ.
You see it’s not just about getting “reformed,” going through “recovery,” 12 steps…etc. which I personally have seen in the lives of the people I serve as pastor, a reality of a difference in their lives. No we don’t deny the good these types of therapy’s can do.
I personally have seen those who try to change the inward man from the outside fail time and time again because the actuality they are trying to achieve can never be found outside of the One who designed them.
It’s all about an inner change, a character change that only comes about by a transformation of our minds, hearts which first takes place by…and here it is…the center post of all change…the conversion of your soul.
No longer given to the things of the flesh but of the Spirit. You can modify our fleshly behavior all you want, but you’ll not change the core of who and what you are until God converts the soul.
Dress it up like you want…change locations…find new friends…go to rehab…try all of man’s solutions and you’ll find yourself in perhaps with a new set of objectives, a new set of behaviors…but no power to find the kind of change that’s eternal…one that changes the soul…that only comes through Christ.
That is a description of the sanctification process, where throughout the rest of our lives, we who have been made holy by the sacrifice of Christ, progress in the outworking of that holiness as we grow and mature (1 Corinthians 6:11). As we fall more deeply in love with our Savior in the course of an ongoing pursuit of Him (Philippians 3:8-16), we are transformed into His image (2 Corinthians 3:18) and we are conformed to His image (Romans 8:29).
Biblically, change is no less an expectation for the homosexual than it is for the porn addict, the liar, the murderer, jealously, (Galatians 5: 19-21) or anyone else who has been under the power of sin.
Galatians 5:1; “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.”