You have recently made a very conscious and determined decision to commit your life fully to the Lord. You have a new attitude, and a new desire. The same desire that Jesus had: “Not My will, but Yours be done.” Luke 22:42.
But as you go about your life, you find you’re still tempted to gossip, to selfishness, to impure, to outbursts of anger, etc. This is what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7:18-21: “… I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good.”
This is happening because no matter how sincere your desire to do good is, the only way for you to get rid of your– the that tempt you from within – is to moment-by-moment overcome temptation. (James 1:14) It takes time, perseverance, and faithfulness. But each time you overcome your lusts you are being transformed internally! The Bible says you can be transformed by the renewing of your mind! Where your nature was once thoroughly human, with all the and lusts that come with that, your nature can become divine!
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You can be transformed!
You can be transformed, and the following verses prove that:
2 Peter 1:2-4: “Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
2 Corinthians 3:18: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Romans 12:2: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Galatians 5:16: “I say then:, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the .”
2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
1 John 3:2-3: “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”
Colossians 3:9-10: “Do not lie to one another, since you have put offwith his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.”
1 Peter 4:1-2: “Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.”
Galatians 2:20: “I have been; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Galatians 6:15: “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.”
Colossians 3:5,12-14: “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry … Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.”
1 Peter 1:6-7: “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 1:5-7: “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.”
James 1:2-4: “My, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
2 Corinthians 4:16: “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
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