One of the main truths I desire to help others understand is that genuine change comes in our lives as we look to Jesus.
The reason I believe God put it so strong on my heart to help people understand this truth is because of the contrast I have experienced personally between not seeing much genuine change during those years that I was trying to make change happen in my own strength as opposed to the transformation I now experience, daily, by simply beholding Jesus.
The difference in the progress and effectiveness in my life from my self effort years to my looking to Jesus years is like night and day and receiving change after change after change is easier than ever before. I’m convinced life will be like this for you as well, once you learn this simple Biblical truth!
Several years ago I signed up to receive a daily email encouragement called Mediate & Believe Right from Joseph Prince Ministries that I really like. In fact my husband and I often say, wonder what the good news is going to be in today’s email because we know by experience that we can trust that it will always contain good news from God’s Word that will encourage us! Sometimes I even call my whole family together and say, listen to this, you’ve got to hear this. It’s such good news!
A few weeks ago I received one in my inbox about Beholding Christ and began to seek permission from Joseph Prince Ministries to post it on my website so it could help and encourage you too. They said yes so here it is!
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18
Be Changed By Beholding Christ
If you go to any good bookstore, you will find a section called Self-Improvement. Here, you’ll find all kinds of books describing various principles and methods you can follow to improve yourself. In all these books, the focus is on you using your willpower and self-discipline to apply the principles to improve yourself.
But God does not want you focusing on yourself. That’s self-occupation, which can only take you so far, with results that last only as long as your willpower lasts. God has a higher way. He wants you to be Christ-occupied. When you look to yourself to improve yourself, you are putting confidence in your flesh. But the Bible tells us that in our flesh dwells no good thing (Romans 7:18), and that we should put no confidence in our flesh (Philippians 3:3).
My friend, the best way to change yourself is to forget self and be occupied with Christ. When you read the Bible, see His beauty, His majesty, His compassion and His grace. As you keep beholding and meditating on His glory, the Holy Spirit inside you goes to work in you. He will transform you into the very same image of Christ. You will be changed from glory to glory, experiencing true and lasting inward transformation!
– Joseph Prince
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If you have not yet made Jesus your Savior and received the wonderful joy that His finished work on the cross has provided for you to live in, please visit my page here titled Jesus In The Driver’s Seat. On this page I explain the good news of the gospel and you will have the opportunity to pray a prayer of salvation, making Jesus your Savior! Jesus loves you and His arms are wide open!