Change is defined as the act or instance of making or becoming different (Merriam-Webster, 2023). When we accept Christ into our lives there should be a change.
It may not be instant but there should be evidence of a shift in our spiritual walk. We all know that change is complex. There are times when we fall back into old ways, the enemy wants to condemn us for. The truth is the strength to change comes from the holy spirit within us.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:2).
In this scripture conform means to be in harmony or accord so we are not to be in agreement with all that the world does. We should in contrast be conforming and living in harmony with what God’s will is for us. There should be a shift in the way we view our old habits and ways of life. They may be our origin but a new way of living should be found. We find this in God’s word, godly counsel, and a true relationship with God.
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).
Many believe that what this scripture illustrates is a change that is deliberate and there is no compromise in the change. Though it reads that way we know that change is a process. The Holy Spirit will be doing it in us until God takes us home. There is no perfect change.
The reality is that change is happening each day as we live. God works in us to perform the change. Day by day the old is refined and gradually it passes away. We begin to see the difference, look back, and realize how far we have come.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (2 Timothy 3:16).
In God’s word we find the inspiration to be changed or to live in harmony by the Holy Spirit that lives in us once we become saved. We are chosen by God. It is not by our will that we come into relationship with God (Romans 8:29). God’s word is designed to cause a conviction not condemnation. It helps us to stay on the narrow path and to grow spiritually.
The foundation of the change from our old nature or ways is God. We die to sin daily and are continually being refined as believers. Remember no one has arrived and when we become saved each person’s journey is different. We are also all at different places.
As we embrace God this year remember the change is constant.