What does it mean to be transformed by the Holy Spirit?
A friend asked me how to explain the Holy Spirit recently. I replied with the following:
The Holy Spirit is God. It comes upon you when you invite God in your heart. It helps guide you. Telling you what is right, wrong and what God wants you to learn. Sometimes it speaks to you or when you read the bible the Holy Spirit will sometimes point you to what God wants you to learn.
(Please note these are my words, therefore a dictionary will not match up!)
Three and half years ago, I came to know Our Heavenly Father for the first time in a deeply personal way.
I was forever changed.
Immediately I knew God wanted to transform my life and He did. For the next year I walked with the Lord, as He healed me. I was now a real Christian and felt the presence of God.
However, I kept thinking when will I get my fairytale ending?? I truly thought that once I was a Christian and did the healing work everything should than be pretty good from then on out.
Things did get better in many ways because I could finally see God in my life but that didn’t mean I would not continue to face hard times.
I’ve had to come face to face with the fact that we live in a fallen world, that hurts us, but sharpens us too if we choose to work with the Lord.
One thing that still sticks with me is seeing Beth Moore stand up in front of her crowd of thousands and say “if you came here to listen to someone that has it all together than you came to the wrong place.”
She talked about how sometimes she is mess and “Boy, I can relate to that!”
For a long time I truly thought I couldn’t help anyone until I myself were the perfect renewed Christian with all the qualifications including: the perfect marriage, parenting skills and all wounds healed to completion, etc. etc..
But after hearing Beth say that it hit me, “that may not happen.”
However, I walked away and said, “Ya, I know Beth said that but I still have a lot of work I personally need to do before I can help others”. So I went on to the next conference and while at that conference I’m telling my church friends how I also need help in this area and that area and oh of course in this area too. Finally a friend says, “Kristi! It’s not all about you! You are a leader and you need to start helping others!”
At that moment, I realized she was right.
This life is not all about me.
I cannot and will not be perfect no matter how much I try. All I can do is submit myself to God, ask Him to change me, and use Jesus and His life as an example for mine. But I will add one really cool thing about this submission is that in return it frees us, frees us from the shackles that have been placed our souls from our past or even our current situations.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
When we invite Him in to our hearts then we are shedding off our old self and putting on the new. I always like to picture myself changing from raggedy old jeans and a t-shirt into a brand new designer dress and cute heels. (You know the High Heels from God, the ones would never hurt your toes!)
We must submit to God, this will let Him pave His plans for our lives and use us according to His will not our own, so we will continue to be transform in His likeness.
I am finally learning that and yet continually having to remind myself that Transformation is something we must choose to do every day until we die and meet God in Heaven.
We are going to continue to face struggle. But be assured my friends but this image I have learned from some of my beautiful sisters in Christ:
When we work with Him and let his Holy Spirit work in us, we aren’t just going in circles and not getting anywhere. But envision a mountain and as we are going around and around, we are going up! Up to Him!
On a fun side note: One thing that has continual been inspiring and helpful to me on my transformation journey is good music. One of my favorite ways to worship is to jam to a song that speaks to my soul with the truth of God and one I can bebop to, too!
Now I want to share the song called Free by Dara Maclean with you.
Please link on the link below.
I hope you enjoy it!
The following Scriptures also speak about transformation-
Romans 12:2 NIV
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Philippians 3:21 NIV
“who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”
If you would like pray or get information about how you can have a personal relationship with God please feel free to email me. I would love to help.
Peace be with you!- Kristi