Hearts Continually Changing

November 12, 2017   

2 Corinthians 5: 17    

We have just completed our seventeenth year at HCC and I encourage you to take some time and reflect on what God is doing in your life. When we remember all that God has done and is doing we are aware of what God expects from us and intends for us to be. We are a work in progress for His glory. So who are you in Christ?

1.    You Are Transformed
Paul who wrote this scripture under the leadership of God was once called Saul. Saul was a person who hated Christians. God intervened in his life while he was on his way to Damascus a total transformation took place in his life. He was confronted and changed by the grace of God. If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. We who are saved are changed by the power of God. We are adopted into His family. (Ephesians 1:4-5) We are fully accepted by God. (Romans 15:16) We are redeemed and forgiven. The penalty of our sin was paid in full. (Ephesians 1:7-8) We are not to feel guilty anymore. We no longer carry our sins on our backs or in our hearts. We have been set free and made new by the grace of God. We are indeed transformed. We could not accomplish this on our own it took a miracle of God!

Can you remember the struggles and hopelessness of living without Christ?  
God’s presence in your life will not allow you to stay the same.
You will be under the influence of the Holy Spirit and God’s plan of spiritual development!
Think of some of the things God has changed in your life?

2.    You Are Triumphant
We are not to live a defeated life. 2 Corinthians 2:14 says, “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him.” How often does God lead us to victory? He does so always, everyday, and in every place or situation in life. We have been transformed into a saint. (Ephesians 1:1-2) A saint is a triumphant person and is not just limited to a New Orleans football team. A saint is not someone who is arrogant or self righteous. The identity of a saint reveals one who has been saved and changed by Christ. One who the Holy Spirit lives in and leads one to be continually changed into the image of Jesus Christ every day. We should live with the assurance of victory over all enemies of God. There is a power within us to actively participate in the mighty works of God.

Why are some Christians cast down and discouraged?
How has God given you victory in your life?
What has God lead you to overcome?
Do you seek His power daily to overcome all obstacles in your path?  

3.    You Are Being Transferred
Many people in the work force understand what it means to be transferred. I want you to understand the meaning of a spiritual transfer. Ephesians 1:3 says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms (places) with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” I believe He is saying that all His spiritual blessings are ours. And where will we discover these blessings? In the heavenly places! The blessings begin here in our hearts on this earth and continually grow greater as we discover the vastness of our spiritual inheritance. They are as many as the sand on the seashore. God says that we have been given every spiritual blessing that exists. That would seem to be a lot of blessings. Read Genesis 22:17-18, Galatians 3:14, and 1 Corinthians 2:9 and try to grasp the truth revealed. The spiritual blessings of God are far greater than we could ever imagine. As believers in Jesus Christ we have a dual citizenship. We live physically on earth but spiritually in heaven. This world is not our home. We are in the process of moving so don’t drive down your stakes so deeply on this earth. We are in the process of moving on up!

The view of the life cycle of man reveals transference occurring.
I am looking forward to being amazed and overwhelmed at what God has for His children!
I may not fully understand all of this great truth but I am trusting in God and totally thrilled about all that God desires to share with us!
As I mentioned last week in my sermon, “You cannot stay where you are follow God at the same time!”