Monday, June 28, 2010

Destined To Be Like Jesus

"Those whom He foreknew, He also destined from the beginning...to be molded into the image of His Son." Romans 8:29

Ephesians 2:10 says we are God's own handiwork recreated in Christ Jesus, that we may do those good works which God predestined for us, that we should walk in them (living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live).

God has destined us to be like Jesus! Connie Witter writes in her workbook, "Because of Jesus," that God's plan is for the nature of Jesus to shine through your life. He wants us to experience His love, joy, and peace abiding in our souls. His plan for you is to live an abundantly, blessed life.

You are God's masterpiece. You are His handiwork. You don't have to try to change yourself, that is the work of the Holy Spirit if you accept His gift. He is the One who produces good fruit in your life. He transforms you into everything God has destined you to be when you look to Jesus and renew your mind to His word.

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good & pleasing and perfect His will really is." Romans 12:2

When we devote our minds to things other than Jesus and the Truth of the Word, it leads to strongholds (thinking that is contrary to the truth) and bondage of sin.

We can live free from every stronghold by casting down every negative thought and taking every thought captive. We are to renew our minds about who we are and what God has promised us through Jesus.

What an amazing gift God has given us! The Creator, Holy, & Almighty One cares about each of us so deeply! Let's take our thoughts captive and renew our minds as the daughters we are destined to be!!!

Parts taken from, "Because of Jesus" by Connie Witter

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