Today I want to talk to you about character and character traits. The dictionary describes character like this “a distinctive but not necessarily invariable feature exhibited by all individuals of a group and capable of being described or measured”. As true followers of Jesus and believers, I believe as we grow in our relationship with God a certain spiritual transformation begins to take place. This transformation begins with a decision that you have to make inside yourself, God can’t make it for you. The decision to say that I want whatever you want for me God, I totally surrender my whole life to you in every area. We owe him that much, without him we are lost forever, but thank God he is merciful and and he sent his son to die on the cross for our sins!
Romans 12:2 “2 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 learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Here in Romans we are told not to conform to the customs of this world. Don’t live life by the standard and morals of this world. God has placed a higher standard and call for living in light and love. This verse tells us to LET GOD transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. This is something that we have to surrender to God, that we have to LET GOD do, if we don’t let him, nothing will ever change in your life and you will continue on a mediocre Christian walk. Letting God transform us starts inwardly, first with the decision to “let him”, secondly to surrender to him wholly, and when the transformation begins to take traction in your hearts and minds, that is when righteous character develops truly. It will begin to shine through your insides and display outwardly in your actions and by the way you conduct yourself. I’m not talking about legalism, but a true transformation that God gives you the ability to have in him. It also talks about this in Eph 4:23. to “let the Spirit renew our thoughts and attitudes”. Eph 5:9,10 tells us that this light within us produces only what is good, right and true, it also tells us to “CAREFULLY determine what pleases the Lord.” God is calling us to make this decision within ourselves as children of light who have been shown the light, to walk in this life-style of love, forgiveness and to get rid of all anger, bitterness, rage, harsh words, foul language, slander and any other evil behavior(Eph 4:31). We are to “Carefully Determine” these things, not just live life without ever thinking about God’s will in the situation. Always keep in mind God’s heart on things.
Being a Christian isn’t just about doing the right thing, it is about following after Jesus wholly and surrendering your agenda, wants and desires to please him because you are so grateful and you love him. We need to let our wants go, and let God transform us.
Philippians 1:11 “11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Paul tells us that when we partake of salvation, their is fruit that comes with it, and that is the way we live. “The righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ”, Not only will it fill your life with fulfillment, it will bring much glory and praise to God. So I challenge you today, to let God transform your heart. Truly surrender your ALL to him and give him your whole heart and life. Once you do that, you will begin to see the “fruit of your salvation”, as you yield to the Holy Spirit on a daily basis, Your heart will beat with the love of God, and you will begin to see yourself transformed and on the same page as the will of God. You will begin to find it easier to yield to the Holy Spirit and easier to put off the old man and sinful nature. You will begin to see the fruits of the spirit become evident in your life. Let go and Let God haha. A good saying in this context.