Changed- In His Word 2-23-15
We all change in our lifetime, many of us change several different ways before we come to be the person we are meant to be.
The only one constant thing in our lives is the fact that the world is here because God created it.
Peter and John went to the
one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they
approached the Temple ,
a man lame from birth was being carried in. Temple
Each day he was put beside the
Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could
beg from the people going into the . When he saw
Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money.Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at
us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly,
expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver
or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the
Nazarene, get up and walk!”
took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s
feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened. He jumped up,
stood on his feet, and began to walk! Then, walking, leaping, and praising God,
he went into the Temple
with them. Acts 3:1-8 Temple
The man healed in this scripture was changed. His life was always the same; prior to that day, that moment that he called out for help from Peter and John He was lame.
As soon as they spoke healing into his body n the name of Jesus Christ the man’s life was never the same.
From sorrow he turned into a man of joy; from lameness and inability to take care of himself he became full of energy and excitement about the healing and heath he was given!
From pity to gratitude, it sounds like the title for a book about his life’s story at this point.
We all are lame when we are born; I don’t mean that we cannot, although that too is true; but we are not born walking with God. Although some may beg to differ with this theory we are not born ‘saved’ but we are indeed ‘born in sin’. The sinful nature of man is there from the start. We can however be known by God from the beginning; only He can change our hearts. Our hearts start out not caring about anything or anyone but ourselves; thus we have a selfish nature. There is a stage that every child goes through, and it is the “Me-do” stage. The child experts tell us that usually around two years of age a child wants to try to do things himself. From there we try to do everything on our own, often even going as far as trying to get to heaven ourselves.
We try to be ‘good’ even though there is no way we can ever be ‘good enough’ to please God. It goes against our human nature to be perfect, ask any perfectionist they will tell you how hard it is to get things just right.
Of course we can please people around us but it is God is who hold the key to get us to heaven! The good news is He wants to give it to us. There is a code to put in in order to get it, and that is all. . That’s it! Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, speak it out loud and prove it to yourself. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and be saved! (Acts 15:11, Romans 10:8-9)
Once we believe then we are changed. We are no longer walking in sin, we are walking in the Light, because we are walking with Jesus and He is the Light of the world!
But you have not so learned Christ, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:21-24
Changed. You and I have been changed when we accepted the truth that Jesus is Lord and that He died for us. That’s the ticket! From then on we are free from sin, and free to walk according the plans that Christ has for us, but with our own choice of following those plans.
We are not forced to behave a certain way it is a choice. No more worries about measuring up because we measure up to God Himself and that is all who matters.
We do not have to be presented to become saved, or chosen, for we are already adopted by God the Father as one of His own. To God be the glory! We do not have to live like the Jewish do trying to be good enough but by grace, the grace of God.
For you are not a true Jew just because you were born of Jewish parents or because you have gone through the ceremony of circumcision. No, a true Jew is one whose heart is right with God. And true circumcision is not merely obeying the letter of the law; rather, it is a change of heart produced by the Spirit. And a person with a changed heart seeks praise from God, not from people. Romans 2:28-29
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for changing us. Help us to follow your path and plans for our lives that we can continue to walk in the joy we first felt when we made the choice to be changed by you. In Jesus name, amen.
Suggested reading :Romans 10:1-29, Ephesians 4: 1-31, Romans 2 1-29, and Colossians 2:1-35