by Taffi Dollar | 09 May 2018
To walk in the fullness of redemption is to live a life of change. For any living organism to grow and flourish and be fruitful, it must undergo constant change. As believers then, we must be intentional about living a life of change.
In the book of James, we’re told that the word of God is like a mirror that reveals to us who we truly are in light of who the Word says that Jesus is. Jesus is our standard and the Word calls us to be more and more like Him. James then takes it a step further by calling us not to merely be hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word.
As I grow older, I’m often humbled by how much more there is for me to learn. My mom was an educator for thirty years and she taught us to position ourselves to be teachable. She urged us to live as students, and that takes humility and it takes time.
The more time we spend with God, the more we get to know Him and the more we get to know Him, the more we get to see ourselves the way He does. God lovingly calls us to more, He calls us to change and because of the kind of Father that He is, we never have to fear, because through those changes He will always be with us.
Proverbs 6:23 says, “For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life”
God desires to bring change into our lives, the Word is designed to bring change into our lives and so if you desire to walk in the will of God, then change is part of the package.
Change is a lifestyle that requires regular instruction and correction which moves us forward in growth.
We also have to actually be willing to change, understanding that while our spirit is saved at the point of salvation, our minds need continual renewing. The way we do this is by receiving the Word of God. His Word must be implanted and welcomed in our hearts. In the parable of the sower in Mark 4 we see that not all seed produced a harvest. The seed was the Word of God and in order for it to produce a harvest, it required fertile soil; an open and willing and teachable heart.
When the Word of God is implanted in your heart, it rids your heart of fear. Faith and fear are at odds with one another and you can’t be focusing on both at once and so whichever one you give more airtime is the one that will begin to govern your life.
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