When we received Christ, a wonderful transformation takes place. The apostle Paul describes this transformation for us.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Indeed, our sinful lives are behind us because we have received the full and complete remission of our sins. In our bodies, we have also received the wholeness of mind and body which Jesus’ body was broken to give us, as it is said in Isaiah,

“Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.” Isaiah 53:4-5 [AMPC]

And we know all this to be true because that is the process that occurs when we receive Christ.

“Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and in your heart believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.” Romans 10:9-10 [AMPC]

But for many of us, life still goes on. The same troubles we had in our lives, the same temptations, the same obstacles; they are still there. We may have had a few miracles in our circumstance, but the failings in our flesh, often times, are still there. No explosions. No fireworks. Everything is the same as it was and we cannot understand just how life goes on the way it does.

Well, beloved, Jesus has news for you. Take heart for the transformation that IS occurring in your life has just started and Jesus is by no means finished transforming the person that you are, into the person He knows He made you to be.

Now, do not go away thinking that your salvation is therefore incomplete. No, you, who believe, are now completely saved. For it is said,

“Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25

“For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life He lives He lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.” Romans 6:10-11 [ESV]

“For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with Him in a resurrection like His.” Romans 6:5 [ESV]

So your salvation, beloved, is done, complete, finished, once and for all. And you do not need to keep on confessing your sins, for fear that your salvation will be lost if you do not continually do so. You, who believe, cannot lose your salvation because Jesus is setting right your sins for you each and every time you fall, because He is at the right hand of our Father now, making intercession for you, who believe, always.

Confess if you want to. Confess if it makes you feel better. But know; be confident, that your salvation is secure even if you miss confessing one or two. Because Jesus sorted it out for you the moment it happened. That is what it means for us to have Jesus to be always making intercession for us.

So then, what is left is the transformation of the failings of this mortal body, the removal of temptations, the removal of bad habits, addictions, former negative propensities; and the imbuing of virtues and pleasing qualities. That process, beloved, is still going on. As it is written,

“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.” Philippians 1:6 [AMPC]

Having trouble controlling your temper? Or perhaps there is a habit that you have always wanted to stop. Beloved, relax. Jesus, who Himself and through the Holy Spirit, began the good work of transforming you from the old which has passed away, to the things which have become new, has given Themselves, till the day Jesus returns to set those areas right. Well, actually, They have taken into account the limitations in your flesh and set a rate of change that is appropriate for you.

For They acknowledge that,

“However, we possess this precious treasure [the divine Light of the Gospel] in [frail, human] vessels of earth, that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 [AMPC]

Ever tried setting back a tree that has been bent? Or try and mold branches into horticultural sculptures? Takes a while, doesn’t it? In the same way, if the change and transformation is imposed on you overnight, your ‘branches’ will snap and you, beloved, will be broken. And Jesus does not want that. For it is written,

“No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

Quite a mouthful, so let us allow The Amplified Bible to break this down for us.

If there is still an area in your life that is not pleasing to God, relax. While you are being changed, no temptation that is beyond human resistance will be allowed to lay hold on you. Whatever befalls you will also be adjusted and adapted to human experience so that you can bear it. This is because God is faithful to BOTH His Word and to His compassionate nature and will not let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure. At the same time, He will always provide the way out so that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently (1 Corinthians 10:13 [AMPC])

So even though you are tempted, know that He is there with you and He is transforming you. But whilst you are being tempted, look for the door. There is always a way out. Don’t take my word for it. Don’t even take Paul’s word for it. Look at what God said to Satan regarding Job.

“Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.” Job 1:8-12

Notice the condition our Father puts on Satan’s temptation of Job? Likewise, when Satan sifts you like wheat, our Father sets limits to his influence, the same way He did for Job, the same way Jesus did for Peter.

“And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”” Luke 22:31-32

Beloved, we are all waiting for the new body, the incorruptible everlasting body that will come when Jesus returns, as the apostle Paul said,

“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” 2 Corinthians 5:1

And indeed, Jesus has said,

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

But while we wait for Jesus to return and take us to our mansion in the sky, till that day when we are complete, have faith and keep your eyes on Jesus and in time, you will see the transformations in your life. Remember, Jesus is not done with you yet.

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