Paul was transformed. He knew that he was dead and that he was totally living for Chirst on the Transforming Power of God and his Holy Spirit. He had made a decision to Crucified his flesh and that he was under the spirits power.
Given this example of transformation have you been transformed?
I can remember the time in my life when I was totally transformed and I realized that all the other time I thought I was I really was not.
- Being transformed means you are totally Free.
Anger, Brokenness, unforgivness, grudges, complaining etc. I could not shake those things. I thought at one point that I would not be able to shake this. I had not been transformed.
- Your Savior had to be transformed and so do you.
He was also transformed when he took Peter, James and John along with him onto a high mountian and there before them transformed.Mark 9:2-8 Matthew 17:1-8 - Luke 9:28-36 - Mark 9:9-13. He had to prepare himself for the Cross.
In order to endure the trials, tribulation, sufferings, and tempatations of this world we must be transformed.
Sometimes we think that we have it all together and that we are transformed when we really are not. Sometimes we don't immediately be transformed like Paul and it may take awhile. Let's look at Peter. Jesus tried to warn him about thinking he had it all together when he really doesn't. When Jesus told him that he would deny him three times he said no Lord I would never do that. Did he love Jesus? Yes he did. He just had not been transformed. Before he knew it he had denied Jesus and when he realized it he wept. John 18. He realized that he was not all that he though he was. Once he realized that he was not up to part he was then transformed and the bible talks about how people wanted Peter to just walk by and they thought they would be healed just if he passed them. Acts 5:15 So that they bought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them.
Now that is a transforming God! He took Flesh and Crucified it made it no longer the Flesh that lived by Chirst that was in peter.
Think about who you were before you were transformed. If you are not sure you have been transformed just think of if you have let go of all acts of the sinful nature and you are living as Paul, Peter and Jesus did. Are you depending on Christ and trusting in God for your life.