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Friday Week 51 — Metamorphosis

Friday, December 22, 2017,  Wale Ola

Scripture Reading For Today — 2Cor 3:1-18

 
"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." 2Co 3:18, NKJV

 

Metamorphosis is from the root word that means to transform or change shape. In zoology, it is the process of transformation from an immature form to an adult form. Etymologically speaking, it is a change of form or nature of a thing into a completely different one.
 
When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, they fell away from God as a result of them buying the lie and deception of Satan that they would "be like God" if they disobeyed Him and ate of the fruit of the tree that God had forbidden them to eat from —They lost the true identity in God that they already had and became separated from God as a consequence of their sin.

 

Man living in a fallen, sinful state, will always be less than God intended him to be.

 

However, when we become born again believers, we go through a process of regeneration — a transformation that changes us from the carnal, sinful persons that we used to be, and ultimately into a completely new person that has the image and nature of Christ, mirroring the image of God that we were meant to have when God created man.

 

A New Man In Christ
As our scripture today tells us, the more we spend time in the word of God with a sincere heart that is open to the influence of the Spirit of God beholding the image of who He is, the more we ourselves become transformed into the same image by His Holy Spirit.

 

"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 2Co 5:17, NLT

 

Sanctification is the means by which God accomplishes metamorphosis in the born again believer. Sanctification means the setting apart of a person or thing for divine use, by being made holy. It is the renewal process that we go through when we become saved, that takes us from our ugly fallen nature, to a life of holiness; it is the effect of the grace of God manifesting in the life of the believer through the work of the Holy Spirit, as we appropriate the redemptive power in the blood of Jesus Christ from His sacrifice on the cross of Calvary.

 

It is a daily work in our walk with God, that sees us change gradually and progressively from who we used to be, to the new man that we become in Christ Jesus.

 

Metamorphosis is not who or what we say we are, it is what people see that we have become — When a thing goes through metamorphosis, what they become is always completely unrecognisable in form and nature from what they used to be or look like. In the same manner, that is the ultimate evidence of a life that is in Christ Jesus, we are to undergo a visible, tangible transformation that is evident in our character — our speech, our way of life, our attitude — everything that pertains to us must change to reflect the image of His holy nature.

 

This is what we are to become —A Holy representation of the One who died to give His life so that we can have the power to become the children of God. It is impossible to truly receive this power and walk in it, but then remain as we used to be!

 

Selah,
 
Pastor Wale Ola
 
LIFE APPLICATION
What is God saying to me in today's message?
What was ministered to me in the bible verses that I read today?
What are the changes or adjustments I need to make in my life to align with the word of God?
What is my commitment to the word for today?
What practical steps can I take to benefit from the word I have read today?

 

Memory Verse: Joh 1:12

 

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name"

 

PRAYER FOCUS
Dear Heavenly Father, I surrender to the work of sanctification that Your Holy Spirit will use to bring changes in my life that will make me into the new person that I ought to be in Christ Jesus.

 

Please help me to become holy, just as You desire for me to be; let me be truly sanctified, a life that is pleasing to You, wholly dedicated in service to Your use. Amen

 

Song For Today: Holiness — Micah Stampley
 
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