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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Transform to Conform



Once we give our lives to Christ and become a believer, we are transformed from the old us to the new us in Christ. “17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 King James Version). Then we are conformed to His image. “9 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” (Romans 8:29 New Living Translation). Also, “18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” (2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT).


The first step is change. We are given a new outlook on life. We have a different perspective on living. Two things happen at the moment we are saved: we receive GOD’s heart then the Holy Spirit. “33 ‘But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel after those days,’ says the Lord. ‘I will put my instructions deep within them, and I will write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people.’ “ (Jeremiah 31:33 NLT). “26 And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.” (Ezekiel 36:26 NLT).


“13 And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago.” (Ephesians 1:13 NLT).


Once we have been given a new heart where the instructions of GOD have been written there; our actions are governed by a new set of rules. We desire to do the things of GOD instead of what our flesh or the world influences us to do. Then the Holy Spirit comes in and lives with us, sealing that change. He is a constant reminder that we belong to the LORD now, and are recipients of all the benefits and expectations that come with being a child of the king.


Now that we have been given a new heart, we are made to fit inside the mold of Jesus. The King James version of Romans 8:29 says, “29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.” That means when people see us they’ll say, “You look like Jesus over there ministering to that person.” Or, “You reminded me of Jesus when you healed that man, when you spoke truth to power, when you preached the gospel, when you showed mercy and compassion.” And that’s how it’s supposed to be.


12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” (John 14:12 NLT). As you can see from this verse, we are supposed to look like Jesus. We are supposed to be doing the things He did, and more. There is no limit to what we can do with the Spirit of GOD inside of us. “20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20 NLT).


In another verse it says, “11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.” (Romans 8:11 NLT).


The message: be transformed, Family. Don’t fight it. Let GOD continue the change HE began in you. Allow the Holy Spirit to do His refining work. He will burn some things off of you. It may not feel good, and we may not like it, but it will ultimately turn out for our good resulting in the best life we could ever hope for, a life beyond our wildest dreams. Again, we serve a GOD who does more than all we can ask or think according to HIS power that is at work in us (Ephesians 3:20).


Why should we allow, and welcome this change? It is for this reason that Jesus died; to not only save our souls, but also others who are waiting on us to tell them about a risen Savior who died to set them free from sin and death. Set free for what? Set free to live for GOD, to bring others into the family of GOD, and continue to bring the kingdom of GOD to earth (Matthew 6:10, John 17:20, Matthew 28:19-20, Ephesians 2:4-8).


We are on assignment. We have been transformed to be conformed to the image of Christ, that we may perform all that He has for us to do. We are not only living for ourselves and our family. The life of a believer is a life of service to others in the way that GOD specifies. We are all called to minister, to be the light in a dark world. I beseech you today, receive your transformation and fulfill your mission. Be the light you were called to be. Give hope in the midst of despair, peace in the midst of chaos, and strength where there is weakness. GOD hears the prayers of the righteous. Be used of GOD today. You are the answer to somebody’s prayer.


“23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” (Philippians 4:23 NLT).



How to be Saved


Romans 10: 9-13


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).


Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8


8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)


8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)


It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:


“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”


You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.







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